I can’t believe it’s already been two years (May 14th) since Nanette arrived in my world. There’s not a day that goes by that I am not touched by all the kindness, generosity and contributions that women have given to help me raise my daughter. After her birth, I knew I was able to take the reins of child rearing with the exception of one very important aspect.
We’ve all heard of the saying “not all heroes wear capes”. This time, they came in the form of generous and lactating moms. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude, thanks and appreciation, to all the mothers who have donated breast milk. You have gone beyond your call of duty and shown incredible effort, commitment, dedication, and generosity to provide milk to my child. You are the real MVP’s.
The “Skimy” on Breast Milk
While some people use formula, I made the choice to use breast milk for the first six months. That is no way an exclusive endorsement for only using breast milk. Cost and demand are major factors to consider when thinking about using breast milk. But here are some reasons I preferred using breast milk.
- It contains antibodies that defend your baby against infection
- Breast milk can soothe diaper rashes, ear, eye infections, and plugged eye ducts (common in newborns!)
- For every year a woman breastfeeds, her risk of invasive cancer is reduced by 6%
Have milk, Will travel
I have been so lucky to have connected with people willing to give me their liquid gold in Alberta, B.C., and even while I was traveling in Quebec and Germany. You know the expression, “It takes a village to raise a child”. In my case, it takes a village to feed a child.
If you have a surplus of milk and a generous heart, please don’t throw out your milk, and consider donating to a baby in need. With gratitude and love, thank you, Milk Donors, for all you do. Check out more of my single daddy by choice adventures here.