On May 2nd, people all over the country will be getting together to raise awareness about the importance of breastmilk, especially for the fragile babies in NICU’s. In only its second year, over 150 locations across the country- doubling in locations from last year- will be hosting small get-togethers, strolls around parks or malls, to show their support and raise awareness. This cause extends beyond breastmilk though.
One of the partners of the Miracle Milk Stroll is the NECSociety. NEC stands for Necrotizing Enterocolitis.
This is an incredibly scary illness that premature babies are even more susceptible to. Something amazing that breastmilk can do is reduce the risk by up to 79%! Even though recommendations in the United States say that we should be giving breastmilk, donated if the mother’s milk isn’t available, only 60% of NICU’s use donated breastmilk for one reason or another.
In an effort to bring this to light we are going to be out at Gray’s Lake on May 2nd, where we will have a stroll around the park. Afterwards we invite everyone to join us for a bring-your-own-lunch picnic. We want people to bring their family and friends and have a fun Saturday morning out at the park with the benefit of supporting a good cause.
If you can’t attend there are other ways you can learn more or participate. Check out our Facebook page for information on participating, donating to the cause, or even donating breastmilk to the milk bank here in Iowa or elsewhere!