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Milk – the gift that keeps on giving

Meet Amanda McCrimmon, mother of three, and a long-time donor of the Provincial Milk Bank at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.
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​​​​​​​​​Amanda McCrimmon with her husband and three children. 

When Amanda’s first son was born and she began breast feeding, she realized she had more than enough for her baby. After reading about the great need that exists for human donor milk, as a new mother Amanda felt compelled to reach out and help those mothers who were struggling to produce milk for their own babies.

Milk from a baby’s mother is always the first choice, but new mothers may face challenges that prevent them from providing their own milk or breastfeeding. 

“The first time I donated, I was able to donate 500 ounces of milk six weeks after Joel was born. It was a wonderful feeling to know that I could make a difference in the lives of other mothers and their babies.”

Within two months of donating, Amanda had donated over 1000 ounces of milk. And four years later and now a mother of three children, Amanda continues to give the gift of milk to mothers and their babies across B.C.

“I’m so blessed to be able to produce this much milk, and I want to share this gift with other mothers. I want to see all babies get the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong.”

Mothers who want to give milk to babies in need can collect and freeze their milk, complete screening and drop it off at one of 17 milk collection depots or at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. 

For more information about becoming a milk donor and the screening process, please visit: BC Women's Mi​lk Bank​.​

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