To celebrate human milk in a big way, we worked with talented photographers in Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri, to tell stories of breastfeeding in all it’s forms.
In Louisville, Yero Pryor of Two Hearts Media, met with three families to capture this special time on film. Here are their stories.
Special thanks to CareSource for sponsoring this project. To see images from the entire campaign, make sure to follow us @themilkbank on your favorite social media channel.
CYARRA TURNED BREAST MILK OVERSUPPLY INTO A BLESSING FOR OTHER FAMILIES
The second-time around, Cyarra experienced an oversupply. “I had milk coming down to my knees and no more room in my freezer.” Cyarra searched on Facebook for a deep freezer and learned about the need for human milk donations. Cyarra’s donations have helped nearly a dozen infants.
Parents often turn to donor milk to support milk supply during illness or surgery, while some infants have long-term medical needs for donor milk.
Once Cyarra experienced the satisfaction of donating, there was no way to stop.
Cyarra’s experience of breastfeeding has changed her worldview. Before getting pregnant, “breastfeeding in public was such a weird thing. If I saw a mom in public feeding I would think ‘you are doing too much.’ Now that I have my own children, it’s changed my mind completely. [Breastfeeding] has been happening since the beginning of time…
Feed the Babies!”
GLORIA’S PUMPING JOURNEY AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC
Gloria was excited to learn of her pregnancy. She delivered her son Mateo at 37 weeks. The delivery happened via emergency c-section, and at the very beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. It was a very stressful time to be in the hospital. Mateo and Gloria were separated at birth. Gloria was encouraged to pump breastmilk for her son. In the meantime, Mateo’s care providers gave Mateo formula.