Many birthing people will lactate after their baby has been delivered after a miscarriage or stillbirth. Breast care is important during this time to avoid serious infections like mastitis and thrush due to engorgement.
Find information regarding Lactation After Loss here. Information provided by Star Legacy Foundation.
If you wish to pump and donate your breastmilk in Indiana, you have several options:
Founded in 2005, The Milk Bank was established as a non-profit, community-supported entity to improve health outcomes for premature and ill babies, foster better health for children, and decrease health care expenditures. The Milk Bank receives human milk from carefully screened donors to pasteurize, freeze and distribute it throughout the United States. Our Bereavement Program provides families that have experienced a loss the chance to donate milk in honor of their little one. Through the Garrett’s Gift program, each leaf on our decorative tree memorial has the name of a baby whose family has donated milk in the hopes of saving another life. Read about one family’s healing experience with donating breastmilk after their loss here.
Other options include direct parent to parent milk sharing through social media connections:
–Human Milk for Human Babies Indiana (HM4HB)