this is the saddest story! Mommy dies shortly after birth, daddy has given baby EBM from donors since birth and now the insurance company after appeal still won't help.
Who the heck can we write?
I wish I still had enough to send....
and contacted the author of the story.. she said she talked to the father and he said thanks for the offer, but he is going through the milk bank (i guess satefy issues?)
after checking into the milk bank policy, i found out that the donor's baby has to be under a year old for them to accept b-milk
dd is 14 months, so I was bummed out.
I wrote her back and asked her to forward my info to the father in case he ever changed his mind seeing as how i can't donate to a bank anyway. I wouldn't mind sharing whatever dr. files on me and my family.. I got another "thank you" and that was that.
I think he is probably flooded with requests.. and I can see how he would have to worry about the 'safety' issue.
what a heartbreaking story!!
So sad that breastmilk is by Rx only and formula is litterally free....says so much....
I hope he is successful in taking it to the insurance company. There's no love lost for BC/BS in my house!
PS - HI MONICA!!!
|I will forward this email to Tom. He is not accepting milk directly from donors, but encouraging them to donate to local milk banks. Thanks, Dorsey|
I will definitely look into a milk bank for my ongoing surplus, though. I think there's one in NC. Does anyone have a link for that one?
seems like read something one time about a milk bank occasionally accepting a one time large donation like a freezer stash, but i can't remember the details. i've never been much of a pumper myself though i did try for a friend who had true supply issues.
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Just a note on the cost of going through a bank. I would ship about 200-350 ounces at a time and each time I did it would cost the milk bank about $100 in shipping cost. Then they would process it and ship it to someone else. Not to mention screening and blood work.
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Meanwhile, if you know any adoptive moms, etc., in NC or coastal SC who need milk donations, feel free to pm me. I'm going to a LLL meeting this weekend and I'll let them know also. Some of my freezer stash is going on 2 months+ (I've been trying to rotate it, but when I have so much more fresh than my little partial reverse cycler will take I sometimes get lazy), so I really need to donate it soon.
|This message is a response to the many emails I've received regarding my son and our quest for coverage for breast milk.
First of all, thanks for your support of Wes and me and of breast milk in general.
Many people have offered breast milk directly. Due to the risk of infectious diseases, I'm afraid we can't accept milk from outside sources. I certainly appreciate the offers, but I can't take any risk, small as that risk would be, when it comes to Wes's health. Mothers can, however, donate through a milk bank. (More info, contact [email protected])
Some of you have also expressed an interest in donating cash. Any donations should be made to the fund we set up in Sarah's name.
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In terms of our fight with Blue Cross, it looks like they've won another round. And I'm not sure if we'll pursue it further -- it takes a lot out of me, including time I'd rather spend with Wes. Hopefully, we've achieved at least one of goals: promoting the importance of breast milk as a resource.
Most importantly, Wes is doing great.
[cute picture of Wes]
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