Category Archives: Donor and Recipient Stories

Donating Through Grief: Amy Stebner and Baby Ryder

picture of milk, Amy Stebner and Ryder

There are so many things that people don’t think about when a mother loses her child. One of the things is what she goes through physically, and every story is unique. I personally had a 30-hour labor. The trauma from

A Bereaved Donor’s Thoughts on National Donor Day

By Amy Anderson National Donor Day was originally established in 1998 to coincide with Valentine’s Day. It is a day to not only think more about cherishing our loved ones but also a reminder to extend kindness to others by

Donating Through Grief: Leeona’s Little Life

Leeona

By Kassie Lee Cook-Herrick This is possibly Leeona’s final gift to our world. She gave every bit of herself that she could. She was able to help the lives of five children with her organs, and she will now gift children

Donating Through Grief: Lucy’s Grace

lucy's mom

Lois shared the story of her daughter Lucy Grace when she learned of the milk bank’s Memorial Quilt, which bears a leaf with the name of every baby whose mother donated milk after loss. This is a most tender time

Donating Through Grief: Amy and Bryson Anderson’s Story

Amy and Bryson Anderson’s hands comforting each other.

Originally posted on October 15, 2015 By Amy Anderson, MMBNE First Bereaved Donor My high school sweetheart and I have been together for more than half of our lives.  We have journeyed through some unexpected storms and stumbled into many

Lakeisha’s Recipient Story

Lakeisha's very cute kids

When I had my daughter in 2009, breastfeeding didn’t go as planned. I had an emergency c-section and some trauma that resulted in her being bottle fed formula before I ever had the chance to put her to my breast.

Joanna R.’s Donor Milk Recipient Story

Joanna R.

A mother’s urge to feed her child is a primal one. Our identical twin daughters, Sasha and Jocelyn, were born at 36 weeks after what appeared to be an uncomplicated pregnancy. Right after their birth, we learned our daughters had

Donating Through Grief: Erica and Brad Therrien

photo of little Kreedence

Honoring Kreedence Irene, July 22, 2014 Brad and I met in April 2011. It didn’t take us long to decide that we wanted to build our lives together. I was pregnant by mid-October with our sunshine baby, Liv. In July