I’ve been waiting to post this update, mostly because I love sharing about the mom’s and little ones who are receiving my breastmilk, but first and foremost want to always respect them and their stories as well as their privacy. Every recipient I’ve shared so far has given me the OK to share their stories.
This donation was to a mom who suffers from Postpartum Depression and due to the medications she’s been put on, she’s opted to use donor milk. Let’s talk about this for a minute. First of all, I am by no means an expert on this topic. I had a few days of the baby blues, but haven’t experienced postpartum depression.
Did you know that according to the CDC 11-20% of women experience PPD symptoms? That means of the 4 million live births that occur each year 600,000 of them develop postpartum depression. More than 40% of PPD cases go undiagnosed. Knowing these statistics & not having experienced postpartum depression myself, just a few days of the baby blues, all I can really say is… REACH OUT. Reach out to your friend who just had a baby whether it be her first or her fifth. Let her know that you’re there for her if she ever needs to talk or get out of the house. Don’t be judgmental. Dealing with postpartum depression is not a CHOICE. And any added judgment isn’t going to help her heal. To all you mama’s out there who have cried in the shower, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I remember one night early on I found myself in the shower, crying. I was tired. I was emotional. I was still a little uncomfortable having just given birth. I felt like everything I was doing was wrong. I questioned everything I did wondering if it was right. Thankfully, I have an amazing partner who picks me up when I’m feeling down and a wonderful #momtribe who has always offered words of wisdom and encouragement.
Wow. All this just so share with you all another wonderful donation was made to an amazing mama and little one. I’m so encouraged by her strength to speak out about her battle with depression after baby.
Our total donations to date is:
That means we have:
left to go!
Until next time!