Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Welcome and a giveaway!

We are so excited to announce that Breastmilk for Preemies is starting a blog! When I first had the idea for a facebook group several months ago, I had no idea how badly it was needed! Within the first day, we had well over 100 followers! I was amazed! We get lots of questions and get to share in the beauty of other preemie's an honor that people will share their preemies and families with us! 

Brittany and I talked about how we could expand and reach more people. We want to reach all the preemie mamas we can and help out in everyway that we can so we decided to start a blog. While the main purpose of our facebook group is support for mamas who want to, wish they had, are or did provide breastmilk for their preemies, this blog will be more then that. It will obviously be very centered on breastmilk for preemies, but it will also be about preemies in general. We would love to have guest posts from other preemie families, we'll share tips, articles, opinions etc. 

As a celebration for our new blog, we'd like to let you all know about an exciting giveaway we're hosting!!! It's a care package for a current NICU mom or an expecting NICU mom! We have donations from friends and other businesses and can't wait to spoil one lucky preemie mom! 

The package will include (if you have twins, we will try to get you 2 of the clothing items!)
*A handsfree pumping bra from PumpEase hands-free pumping supports (winner chooses size and color)
*A hat and matching diaper cover from Forte Crochet
*A sleep sack from Ponchaby
*A crocheted hat from The Good Letdown
*Lotion from Breastmilk for Preemies
*Reusable Breastpads from Breastmilk for Preemies
*A handmade blanket from Breastmilk for Preemies
*A copy of "The Premature Baby Book" by Dr. Sears from Breastmilk for Preemies
*"Preemie Power" bracelets from Peek-a-boo ICU

*You must have a US or Canadian address. 
*You must be a follower of our blog.
*Selected winners must provide a valid mailing address. Please do not post your address in the comments section. If you win, we'll ask for your address. The winner will be announced on Wednesday October 12, 2011. 
*Winners will be selected from all eligible entries by the use of the random integer generator.
*You/The mama must be pumping or breastfeeding and (one of the following):
  • Expecting a preemie(s) (or)
  • Currently in the NICU with your preemie(s) (or)
  • Just brought your preemie(s) home within the last 30 days.
You may enter yourself to win or nominate another preemie mama/preemie mama to be. You may nominate up to 3 different mamas, but may only enter for yourself once. The giveaway will end on Tuesday October 11, 2011 and the winner will be drawn on Wednesday October 12, 2011. Because some of the items will be coming from other sources, you will receive different packages at different times. 


  1. Yay for the blog! Glad to follow. I blog about our preemie experiences a lot, I find it therapeutic.

    Excited about a give-away! I'm mama to a now 3 yr old 28 weeker, breastfed for 18 months. And have a 9 week old 25 weeker who I am pumping for in the NICU.

  2. This is an absolutely wonderful thing. I have a dear friend that is a mommy to 2 preemies. Her first will be 2 in a few weeks 31weeker and her baby is 4 days old 30weeker. Chelsie is currently pumping for her baby and hoping to put him to breast by next week.

    She is a great mommy and I would like to nominate her for the give away.

  3. I am the mom of a 27 weeker (now 11 months and breastfed) and am currently 30 weeks along with our next girl - I am hoping to make it through the pregnancy, but am not sure.... I guess I wanted to nominate myself...

  4. I went on vacation to southern California in August. The day I was supposed to go home, I headed to the hospital instead. At 26 weeks, I had a beautiful baby girl weighing 1lb 10.5oz, 13 3/4in long. Her due date was Nov 25th, so we're both stuck 1500 miles away from home. We've made it 6wks with 8 more to go. The NICU nurses and the neonatologists are great. I pump, every 2hrs, freeze, and transport to the NICU. She had a few complications but is doing great and has doubled her weight :)
    <3 JJ's mommy, Amy Zimmerman

  5. In case I wasn't clear, I nominate myself :)

  6. I just brought my preemie boy home on Tuesday! He was 34 weeks early, on September 17th. I had preeclampisa for the third time. He is doing great and we are super excited and thankful that he is home with us! Going back and forth to the hospital with my other two children was exhausting--physically and mentally. ♥

  7. WOW! I am so glad I found this blog! I wish I had had the support with my last baby (34 weeker; I had major problems w/ supply when pumping). I'm currently 12 weeks along with my 7th baby (!!) and hope to make it to 28 weeks, but they will let me go no later than 34 weeks. I have successfully BF'd all my babies (first 4 were full-term), but had problems with my 2 preemies (36 and 34 weeks). Thanks for all this support and info!!

  8. After 2.5 years of trying to conceive I'm the proud parent of a 24w 4d baby girl! She will be in the nicu till sometime in December! I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing and would love to be in the running!

  9. I would like to nominate BriiLii. I have known her and her husband for a few years now, and just how special their preeme is to them.

  10. I am the mother of a 33 week preemie that is now 5 weeks old. He was just able to leave the NICU a week ago today, and we are at home and adjusting well. Glad to have him at his home and not having to go back and forth to the hospital any more. That being said I would like to nominate myself :)

  11. I'm a proud mom of a beautiful 27 wk preemie girl, who is currently in the NICU. She weighed 2lbs6oz when she was born and now weighs 3lbs 13 oz. Im having problems producing enough milk and Breastmilk for Preemie makes me feel I'm not alone.. I'would love to be in the running for the prize but if not good luck to all the moms , we all deserve it.

  12. Nomination for Briilii. She has always been an awesome friend, she made it to my wedding..when a lot of my friends didn't. Thar meant the world to me. She needs this stuff for her girl whose been staying strong. Love you b.

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  14. I would like to nominate BriiLii. She could really use the assistance - and more importantly, she could use some validation of the karmic law that says "what goes around, comes around". She has been sowing the karmic seeds of affluence, abundance, and love for a long time and has yet to reap a proper season of joy. I know that her good deeds are nearly mature - perhaps this event will kick off a season of reaping all manner of goodness!

  15. I think this blog is such a great idea; because, this is the sort of thing that has the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of those currently enduring the trials of having a preemie. I'm glad that BriiLii asked me to come and check this site out (and I was happy to nominate/vote for her above).

    Folks who have not gone through the experience of having a premature birth are not in the same position to assist those who are going through it. That isn't a poke at those blessed with fully developed infants - it is a recognition that those who have endured the experience of a premature birth have a special gift that they can give. In some "Men's Support Groups" I have talked about this as turning a 'shadow' into 'gold'. For example, the child who becomes a man, having lived through having one or more alcoholics in his family, has a perspective that is unique to that situation. When one has come to terms with such negative situations, not just survived it - but perhaps thrived even in spite of it, that person has a gift to give someone who is "in the thick of it", so to speak.

    This blog would seem to be a place where information can be shared by folks who have been changed by the experience of having a preemie, as well as being a place where those who have not had the same experiences can provide human compassion - and perhaps gain some insight into the struggles that preemie parents endure.

    I hope this blog flourishes for many years to come!