Breastfeeding mother calls on other moms to donate extra breastmilk

Baby formula crisis is inspiring mothers to pitch in to feed babies

SAN ANTONIO – Amid the infant formula shortage crisis, Desirey Valdez felt compelled to offer her breastmilk for free on a San Antonio-area mom’s social media group.

“As a mom, it’s already tough, you know? And I would want to have somebody to help me if I was in that predicament,” Valdez, a mother of two, said.

Watching the shortage unfold, Valdez felt a calling to offer the little extra milk she produces to help feed a hungry baby whose parent’s are struggling to find formula.

“It’s better to have a baby who’s fed than somebody who’s struggling and can’t find anything for their babies,” Valdez said.

No one has yet to accept Valdez’s offer, but she wants to encourage other breastfeeding moms who have a milk surplus to extend a helping hand.

Valdez doesn’t produce enough breastmilk to donate it to the Mother’s Milk Bank in Austin, but if she can do something for someone -- even in a small way -- Valdez hopes she can.

Kim Updegrove of the Milk Bank says their calls for requests from individuals seeking milk has gone up recently. The Milk Bank mostly provides breastmilk to hospitals for babies in the NICU, but they are providing whatever breastmilk they can to mothers who are in an emergency situation.

The Milk Bank has also seen a huge surge in demand from hospitals as well. So more breast milk donations are needed.

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Patty Santos joined the KSAT 12 News team in July 2017. She has a proven track record of reporting on hard-hitting news that affects the community.

Adam Barraza is a photojournalist at KSAT 12 and an El Paso native. He interned at KVIA, the local ABC affiliate, while still in high school. He then moved to San Antonio and, after earning a degree from San Antonio College and the University of the Incarnate Word, started working in news. He’s also a diehard Dodgers fan and an avid sneakerhead.