Most health experts agree that when it comes to feeding babies, breast milk is best. That’s why Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. has its own bank for donations of breast milk, which provides milk for thousands of babies across the US. Roughly 5 percent of those donations come from mothers who lost their newborns, including one metro mom who found a way to keep her newborn’s legacy alive. The hundreds of gallons of milk she pumped and donated because of baby Marion helped hundreds of other babies. “We really recognize that this is life-saving and life-giving,” said Dr. Barbara Carr, MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist and milk bank director. “It’s bittersweet, because we do know that it’s going to help another baby but we know it’s a terribly sad time for a woman to be in that position,” Carr said.

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