Before my first daughter was born, people would ask me if I was going to breastfeed or do formula. My
Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes (Milk Bank WGL) proudly unveiled Poppy’s Dream bereavement memorial on January 13, 2018. More than 100 local families have chosen to donate milk after loss. Over 40 of these families attended the unveiling event; with nearly half traveling many hours from throughout Illinois and Wisconsin – a true testament to the importance of this program.
I am the mom of four kids and I proudly breastfed all of them. Almost five years after giving birth to my twins, who both had a short stay in the NICU, I had the honor of helping two of my friends grow their family by being their surrogate. I carried their baby boy and gave him a safe place to grow until it was time to meet his dads and big sister.
My name is London and today is my 3rd birthday! When I was born, my mom was just 24 weeks pregnant. I was very tiny and weighed almost 1 pound. My mom and dad could hold me in the palms of their hands. As you can imagine, it was a very scary time for my family. Being born too soon meant my body wasn’t fully developed. My mom and dad visited me every day at the hospital while they waited for me to grow strong enough to take me home.