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Saving Lives in Deep WaterDuring the everyday hustle and bustle of life we often fail to recognize–outside of perhaps a few viral social media links or videos–the compassion and impact others have on our everyday world. However, in the aftermath of a natural disaster our awareness of acts of kindness change. Media coverage shifts from alarms of the impending disaster to stories of resilience, courage, persistence, and the overwhelming desire of many to do more for fellow humans.
Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast as a Category 4 storm on August 25, 2017, dumping 40 to 60 inches of rain before moving out of the area as a tropical storm. Damage estimates are in the billions, and 77 people lost their lives. Storms do not discriminate–families and hospitals and city infrastructures were all affected by this extraordinary act of nature.
“No one knows what to expect,” said Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin (MMBA) milk donor and mom, Angela Stripling. “At best you just lose power, at worst it’s …

Meet Recipient Baby Andrew

When you make the choice to donate - go through the phone screening, fill out the paperwork, get your blood drawn, pump extra milk - you are working to save infants like, Andrew. Andrew survived a preterm birth, multiple birth defects, and a long battle in the NICU but, because of donor human milk from MMBA, was able to grow and thrive. Andrew's Mom, Anna, brings us through every step of their incredible journey. Thank you Anna for choosing to share.
"At my son Andrew’s 21 week anatomy ultrasound, I was informed that he most likely had a condition called esophageal atresia (EA), which is a disconnection of the esophagus to the stomach. My doctors couldn't tell for sure if that was going on or how much of a gap in disconnection it was, but all indicators pointed toward this birth defect. It was difficult to hear the news of this, but I went ahead with every hope that it was correctable and that he would be okay. He had no apparent markers for anything else at that point, so…

Making it Work: Breastfeeding in the Workplace

© Texas Department of State Health Services. Photo used with permission.
Breastfeeding offers so many benefits to both mom and baby, but it can be hard work! Before many women even have the time to get the hang of breastfeeding, they are often met with new challenges as they return to work. Like needing to pump during the workday to maintain their milk supply. But these challenges can be made easier with the help of employers. Providing basic arrangements that allow women to comfortably express and store breast milk when separated from their babies during the workday is one way to make things a little easier for breastfeeding moms.

Keep reading to learn about what the Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program is doing to help moms succeed in meeting their breastfeeding goals and how you can get involved in supporting a breastfeeding-friendly culture in the workplace!       
Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program The Texas Mother Friendly Worksite Program (TMFW)strives to reduce workplace …