Friday, October 22, 2010

900 Ounces

That is how much milk I donated to the Milk Bank today.


It's hard to see, but the bottles of milk were all in the brown plastic bags.
It filled up almost half of a big deep freezer.


31 comments:

Gucci Mama said...

(((Hugs, baby))) I wish there was a way to lift this pain from your heart.

Kimberly said...

You are awesome Momma!

MamaDay said...

Wow, good for you! I am sure it was hard to let go of that milk. I hope you find some peace in knowing it will help someone else's baby.

McEngland like the McCountry said...

I'm still in tears from the beauty/love/heartbreak of the two previous posts. You are such a good mama and I bet the first thing Joshua did in Heaven was thank Jesus for entrusting him to you. Donating your milk gives you a chance to be a good mama to all those premie babies who will benefit from the love you have for Joshua.

Nikki said...

What an awesome thing for you to do!!! I can't imagine how incredibly painful that was for you, but it's truly so selfless and AMAZING of you to put all that milk to good use. I know Joshua is looking down on you from Heaven with so much love and pride in his heart because he has the best mommy ever!

Mrs. Wilson said...

Wow. That is INCREDIBLE. The receivers of your precious milk are some lucky babies.

(First time commenting here. Followed a link from Loralee.)

Courtney said...

You are such an amazing, beautiful soul. I continuously hold you and your family close to my heart.

Paula B said...

Jill, how wonderful to be able to share your milk with someone elses child(ren). They will be so thankful. One more step to heal through your grieving. See you soon. We love you guys!

Hope's Blog said...

I am so proud of you...what a wonderfully thoughtful idea. I keep thinking of all the babies that will benefit from your milk. Joshua is smiling right now and always!

Susan said...

What a wonderful gift you are giving to so many babies. Very bittersweet, I am sure. I applaud you, girl.

Ella said...

What a blessing and a gift!

Ambizzle said...

YOU. ARE. AMAZING! Just think about all of the babies you are helping out :)

Mommy Lisa said...

What a truly lovely thing you are doing in the midst of all your heartache.

Peace.

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful! Knowing it will help another is wonderful!! Praying for the little ones that it will help!! :)

Rainy

The mom of 4 monkeys! said...

Wow Jill, in such a dark spot in your life you were able to be kind, loving, and generous. I know it's won't feel like it right now but you are an AMAZING WOMAN!

Anonymous said...

as a NICU nurse, I can tell you this milk is the most precious thing you can offer... it's literally life saving to many babies.

You're a fabulous Momma, so full of love, even in your grief. May God bless you and your family!!

Sarah, mom of 3

adjunctmom said...

As a mother who was in the ICU after delivering my baby, I thank you. While my daughter did not receive any donated milk, I know that there are many families tonight who are deeply grateful to you for your donation. I know we would have been eternally grateful for such a donation.

missliany said...

This is absolutly AMAZING!

Wayne and Sue Rasmussen said...

WOW! I didn't realize one could do that. How awesome! I am certain many prayers will be answered because of your gift.

Jennifer said...

Liquid Gold... Sometimes better than modern RX's
Thank You from the bottom of my heart

ArizonaIntactivist said...

Yeah, Jill! What a wonderful gift you have given!

Peta said...

WOW you truly are an amazing person, even afer all you have been through you stil have managed to think of others... I am not sure It would of even accurred to me to do something as selfless as that.. once again Jill you have shown your strength and grace... Still thinking of and praying for your family daily.

Anonymous said...

That is amazing.

That had to have been painful to do, but just thinking of passing on the legacy of Joshua like that must bring a comfort too.

The human milk bank is a life-saving wonderful thing.

My niece had a rare extreme allergy to proteins, soy, and dairy where she was allergic to all formulas on the market including the hypoallergenic ones, soy, goat's milk, you name it, she's allergic. That is the first time I learned of the human milk bank. Luckily my sister in law was nursing, but she learned from the allergists if anything happened to her where she needed a hospital stay or heaven-forbid worse, the human milk bank would step in.

Your milk can literally SAVE lives.

Thank GOD for you.

:)

alyssa said...

jill, i'm so sorry for your loss but so moved by the size of your heart. i come via cecily, and while not also a mom i am also a redhead. i looked for an email addy but didn't find one. i'm a ceramist, and i'd be honored to help you create an urn for joshua's ashes. please go to my site and find a contact link so we can speak privately. --alyssa

Sarah Smith said...

I have a son with HLHS. While recovering from his second surgery, we ended up needing donated breast milk. His heart had healed nicely from the surgery, but his stomach just could not tolerate the formula he had been using on and off since birth. I had been pumping since he was born, but my milk supply had dried up due to all the stress. The MDs would not let us leave the hospital unless we had a way to feed him successfully. Thanks to the selfless mothers like yourself that donated milk to a bank, we were able to get a large enough supply of breast milk delivered to our house so that we could go home.

Thank you for your sacrifice in the midst of such pain. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. Your post about the day Joshua passed reduced me to tears. I fully realize that any one of us heart moms could easily be in your position at any time. While I pray that that doesn't happen in our own personal journey with HLHS, if I was able to handle it with the grace that you have displayed, I would be proud.

God bless you!
Heart hugs,
Sarah Smith
(Elijah, HLHS)

Ausmerican Housewife said...

Wow, this will help so many babies Jill! I can only guess how hard it is to donate this knowing that Joshua was supposed to get it.

ArizonaIntactivist said...

I have been thinking tonight of how proud of you Joshua is!

Chelsy said...

You are amazing! As a breastfeeding Mama myself, I know what an accomplishment this is. I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine. Praying for your strength and peace.

the_happy_hausfrau said...

Oh my God. Jill, just found this blog. I bow before you...seriously. Bless your sweet heart.

Jenny

the new girl said...

That is amazing. Truly amazing.

Anonymous said...

What a blessing you are to others! What a precious gift - LIQUID GOLD!! What a way to honor your child! Such selflessness. I am in awe of your strength...even when you don't feel strong.

 
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