My mother did the same thing when I was born in the 1990s, during the peak of the global health crisis that was the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She donated the milk to a hospital called Instituto Materno Infantil de Pernambuco, where they treated me, as I was born preemie and needed a blood transfusion.
As history repeats itself today with the coronavirus pandemic, and so many innocent children continue to suffer from malnutrition, my conviction to donate only grew. I believe this to be the spirit of motherhood—looking out for one another and lending a hand in difficult times. I hope that we can connect and relate as mothers, practicing kindness amongst ourselves to raise our children in a more compassionate world.
I pray that this act of love that I carry from my mother’s example continues throughout the generations, from my daughter, to her children, and onwards.
Is there someone in your life who has set an example of kindness and compassion, as Guita’s mother did for her? Honor that special person with a donation to Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast and we will send her a Mother’s Day card on your behalf.