Once a mother has passed all screening and her labs come back negative, she is approved to be a donor. Mothers can make a one-time donation or be repeat donors. However, if a mother continues to be a regular donor, the milk bank staff will follow-up regularly to ensure the mother has had no changes in her lifestyle or health.
Forty eight hours after her birth, we discovered that she had not been nursing and in fact had not eaten at all since she was born. My heart dropped thinking I had failed my baby in the one area that was supposed to come naturally and that she depended on for her very survival. I hadn't fed my baby for two days.