The BC Women's Provincial Milk Bank is a place near and dear to my heart. I had a pretty impressive (read: scary) oversupply when Grady was wee. Pumping was the only way to relieve engorgement. When I went back to work when Grady was six months old, I was pumping about double the amount of breastmilk he consumed. Our freezer quickly filled with baggies of milk. When I discovered the milk bank, it was a no-brainer; I would donate my frozen breastmilk to help BC's most fragile babies.
Human milk provides babies with antibodies to fight disease and infection. Babies who are born prematurely, or babies who are born ill, benefit from the active properties in breastmilk. If a mother's milk has yet to come in, donor milk is the next best choice as many premature and critically-ill babies are unable to digest formula at first.
This Saturday, June 18th, my friends Wendy and Mike are holding a fundraiser for the BC Women's Provincial Milk Bank to celebrate their 50th birthdays. It's going to be a great night with tasty food, lots of prizes (including a wine raffle, come to mama!) and live music (plus, you know, birthday shenanigans!). Tickets are available here and include entry to the event, the chance to win excellent door prizes, three pieces of pizza, salad, and a drink.
The milk bank serves all of BC, feeding over 2,000 babies annually, and operates solely on donations. Why not earn some good karma points by spending your Saturday at a party that just so happens to help the babies while being a lot of fun at the same time?