Thursday, August 27, 2009

Milk For Grace

Written by Hannah Gaitten
of Natural Choices

Hi Ladies! Some of you may know that I have been collecting breastmilk for this amazing little girl- Grace Vaught for about a year now (The Times-Call did a story on this family back in February). In case you didn't know, little Grace has some serious issues with her digestive system that keep her from consuming many solid foods. The family has a team of doctors as well as alternative care providers working to help heal Grace's intestines so that someday she can live a more "normal" life. Currently, because of her condition, she is limited to a diet mainly consisting of breastmilk, with very small amounts (a bite or two) of fresh veggies and fruits here and there (but even this causes inflammation). She is currently needing about 40 ounces of breastmilk a day (she is about 3 1/2 years old). Stacey Vaught (Grace's Mom) hasn't been able to keep up with milk supply as she has a younger daughter as well as she is pregnant, so her milk is not as plentiful as it once was. They rely on the generosity of other Moms who are willing to share their stored milk and/or pump regularly for Grace.. Stacey is currently needing more milk as a few of the Mom's who were pumping for Grace are weaning, thus the milk is in short supply right now. If Mom's don't donate, they have to get milk from the milkbank, which costs about $3 an ounce- times that by 40 ounces, and you see how expensive that can be. The Vaught's have shipped milk from various places across the country that they have found on MilkShare (, but even that is pretty pricey as the milk has to be shipped overnight on dry ice. In an attempt to find local sources of milk for the Vaught family, I am sending you this email. Do you have an excess of milk stored in your freezer? Would you be willing to pump whatever milk you can for Grace? Do you know of other breastfeeding Mom's that would be willing to donate milk? If so, please contact me so that we can work out a good time for me to come over and pick up milk, answer any questions you may have, etc. This family has the faith that God will provide for their little girl, which can be so hard when they don't know where the next batch of milk is going to come from, or when. It is my goal to keep their freezer full so that they never have to worry about feeding their little Grace! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know! And please feel free to forward this on to anyone who might be interested or willing to help out. My schedule is very flexible and I can come pick up milk most anytime, which I will then deliver down to Thornton to the Vaught's. Thank you so much! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Hannah Gaitten

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