May 11, 2010
Last week when I was in Louisville, Kentucky for the ABC Kids Spring Educational Conference, I saw a story in a magazine about this great organization called PUMP: Providing Urgent Milk to Parents. This Florida nonprofit organization began when local moms donated their pumped breast milk to a suddenly-widowed father of a 6-week-old daughter. In that first month, moms donated over 2,000 ounces of milk, all of which is screened before being distributed. They continue now to help provide breast milk to babies in Central Florida who cannot be fed by their mothers due to extraordinary circumstances. They of course depend on moms who are willing to pump and donate their milk, but also have community support from businesses that serve as milk drop-off locations, as well as individuals and corporate sponsors who donate supplies and money. Get Pumped is run by volunteers and does not charge the recipient families for donor milk. If you are in central Florida, or have friends in central Florida who can help, tell them about Get Pumped. And maybe the organization can serve as inspiration for people around the world who would like to provide breast milk to families who need it!
Learn more about the organization at its website: https://www.getpumpedonline.org/
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