Most shelves have infant formula, but is the baby formula shortage really over? Market research conducted in late October showed the shortage improved with 87% of store shelves having baby formula back in stock, almost 20% more than the low of 69% at the peak of the shortage. Yet some families are still struggling to find formula.
Linsday Groff first learned about becoming a milk donor from a nurse while her baby daughter was in the NICU. Lindsay decided then she would donate her surplus of breastmilk for a year to help other babies like hers. Her full circle moment came years later when she took over the helm as Executive Director of The Human Milk Banking Association of North America that believes in a world where all infants have access to human milk through support of breastfeeding and use of pasteurized donor human milk. Lindsay joined Nazca Fontes on All Things Conceivable: A Surrogacy Podcast to talk about the infant formula shortage, where are we now and how you can help milk banks on #GivingTuesday and everyday.
Inspired by their surrogates giving nature, ConceiveAbilities launched the #MilkBankChallenge in response to the infant formula shortage. Over 350,000 ounces of donor milk has already been donated to milk banks nationwide. Their #GivingTuesday goal is to reach 500,000 ounces by the end of the year. To put that in perspective one ounce of milk can feed one baby for an entire day-- that means their goal would be able to feed half a million infants for an entire day. That's a profound impact.
Here are three ways to join the #MilkBankChallenge:
Become a milk donor. Surrogates and other lactating moms are in a unique position to be able to donate their milk…a priceless gift to a family in need. To express our gratitude for the much needed donations, ConceiveAbilities is offering a one-time $250 gift card to milk donors.
Make a financial donation. Milk banks are in need of supplies and labor to help meet the increased demand for donor milk. ConceiveAbilities will make a one-time match of your monetary donation to a non-profit milk bank of up to $250.
Share this podcast and the #MilkBankChallenge. Spread our mission to help milk banks with your community
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