In an act of kindness and compassion, Danielle Palmer of Owensville, Missouri, donated over 1,000 ounces of her own breast milk to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
When the mother of three watched the devastation that had taken hold of Houston in the aftermath of Harvey, she decided she needed to do something to help.
Guiding Star Missouri contacted Palmer when looking for donations of extra breast milk for victims in need. Although she is the mother of a young son, he has a congenital heart defect that prevents him from consuming her milk. Palmer enthusiastically jumped into service and was, ultimately, able to fill hundreds of bottles, totaling over 1,000 ounces of milk.
Palmer told CBS-affiliate KMOV: “We gave 1,040 ounces and we figured that up. If a normal baby gets three ounces, that’s 346 feedings.” She went on to explain, “With breast feeding, stress plays a big role in your supply. If you become stressed, your supply will drop, on top of not having access to your pump.”
Donated breast milk is safe for babies to drink if proper procedures, such as lab testing and pasteurization, are followed. Hospitals provide breast milk for moms from milk banks when they aren’t able to breastfeed their babies. Palmer’s milk, along with donated milk from other moms, has been frozen in preparation for transport to southeastern Texas.
It is important to note that, according to the CDC website, breast milk can transmit HIV and other infectious diseases, although the risk from a single bottle of milk is low.
Palmer is just happy to be able to help the many babies whose mothers may have lost their milk supply. She posted the following message on her Facebook page: “So thankful we are able to help out in this way,” adding that she was teaching her son to “share.”
Palmer is being lauded for helping others with the true milk of human kindness.
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