After watching the horror of Hurricane Harvey unfolding on tv, a mother in Missouri selected doing one thing to assist the survivors—donate breast milk.
Danielle Palmer, a mom of three, was feeling fairly emotional after seeing the flooding attributable to Hurricane Harvey, and stated: “I can’t imagine being in a situation where you’re losing everything and just the fear of all of that. All I could do was sit and pray for the moms and dads and kids. Beauty can come from this. It won’t be bad forever,” she advised News four.
Palmer was then approached by her son’s speech therapist to donate her breast milk by Guiding Star Missouri, to assist the survivors. “We gave 1,040 ounces and we figured that up, if a normal baby gets three ounces, that’s 346 feedings,” she stated.
Palmer’s beneficiant donation of “liquid gold” totaled 1,040 ounces, which is about eight gallons (approx. 31 liters).
Her surplus breast milk was resulting from her youngest son’s congenital coronary heart defect. “Truett has a congenital heart defect along with other underlying anomalies. For a big chunk of his life, he was unable to take my milk. Most of his nutrition came through IV,” Palmer stated.
Palmer’s milk provide can be given to mothers whose pumps have been misplaced as a result of flood, those that misplaced their frozen provide when the electrical energy was out, and those that are pressured. “With breast feeding, stress plays a big role in your supply. If you become stressed, your supply will drop,” Palmer defined.
Speaking of her heartwarming act, Palmer stated: “We have each other’s backs. We take care of each other. Breastfeeding is hard. Whether you’re pumping or feeding or however it may be, it’s hard. And we are like momma bears. We protect one another.”
“With Truett’s heart defect, I don’t take that lightly but I also know I’m grateful for the situation God placed us in. It’s given us the opportunity to do other things, I mean had we not been in this situation, we wouldn’t be able to share some of our love with the babies in Houston,” she stated.