It’s our simple way to say thanks.
Joab was born a month earlier than his due date. He didn’t have enough sucking power to extract Milk from Lalaine, hence feeding was a concern. We would opt to pumping, but the hospital doesn’t allow breast pumps and bottles in their premises.
Yet God knows our need before we even ask for it. Our ever-caring nurse at Providence Hospital secured a bag of Breast Milk for us. It was the last bag from someone who donated a few ounces that morning. That single bag of fresh breast milk was more than enough for Joab until we checked-out the following day.
When we arrived home, I received a message from a friend. She inquired if she could donate her surplus milk to us. Again, God has already provided before we even thought about it. We pulled through our first week by relying on milk donations from our community. We’re moved by their generous hearts.
We came to a point when Lalaine was producing enough milk for a day. Though it wasn’t by chance, nor some kind of magic. It was through prayer and hard work. She spends so much time pumping, and learning ways to increase her milk output. From only producing 0.5 ml to 150 ml every three hours. I admire her immensely for that. I worked hard too by cheering for her on the sideline. ;)
All by the grace of God, she’s now producing more than what we need. It’s our turn to give back.
Lalaine has already donated nearly 200 ounces (6 liters) of breast milk through Facebook groups. She gave back to Providence Hospital.
To a parent whose infant has a heart and liver problem.
To premature babies.
To friends who are not yet producing enough.
To a foster mother, and to mothers who cannot breast feed due to infections. We’re grateful for the opportunity to pay it forward. The thought of being able to contribute to the lives of these infants is incredible.
We wish to donate as much as possible. But of course we only have limited supply. We will give priority to those who genuinely need it. I mean, there are instances when mothers ask for milk because they’re too busy to breast feed. — i.e. too lazy to breast feed. Sorry, but we don’t tolerate laziness. :-)
If anyone needs milk, please contact Lalaine here:
Mobile/Viber — 0917–5351291
Messenger — http://m.me/lavidz
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