Woman Donates 35 Gallons of Breast Milk to Help Preemies - WBAY

Woman Donates 35 Gallons of Breast Milk to Help Preemies

Jessica Dresser Jessica Dresser
Brown County - Breast milk -- it's believed to be the best form of nutrition for babies. But some women can't produce for one reason or another. So other moms are stepping up to help. 

In between teaching fractions and handing out writing exercises, Jessica Dresser, a special education teacher, spends her lunch period pumping.

"I find it relaxing," says Dresser of the sound of her breast pump. "To be perfectly honest, I've heard it so much."

 Jessica started pumping and freezing her breast milk after giving birth to ensure she'd have enough for when her daughter was ready for daycare.

She produced more than enough. 

"I was actually very surprised. My freezer was full before I went back to work," said Dresser.

 Her sister suggested she donate it to mothers who cannot provide or those with preterm babies.

Green Baybeez, a retail shop in downtown De Pere, is one of many collection sites in the midwest. In a freezer in the back, 950 ounces of breast milk was recently brought in by Dresser.

But it's only a fraction of what she's given in the past year. 

Dresser has produced and donated more than 30 gallons of breast milk.

The donations she and other moms drop off are shipped to and pasteurized at a processing facility in Indiana run by the Mother's Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes.

It's then sold to hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois to feed babies in intensive care units.

Experts address people who question the trend. "I think there's always going to be some people who are going to be a little turned off. But the more normal we get, the more it is," said Green Baybeez co-owner and Registered Nurse Kimberly Gunn.

 Dresser's donation of more than 4,000 ounces has served countless kids.

"It's something I can share, it's not hurting me to do it, it's not costing me to do it, it's just taking my time," she adds.

Dresser's daughter is now 15 months old. She plans to pump for as long as she can.

Oshkosh also has a collection site at Winnebago County Health.

For more information about the depot site at Green Baybeez, click here or visit 109 N. Wisconsin St. De Pere or call (920) 339-9222.

For more information about Mother's Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, click here or call (224) 286-4551.
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