Danielle Palmer watched Hurricane Harvey rip through Texas from her home in Missouri, far away from the storm’s devastating effect.
Nonetheless, her heart ached, and she wanted to come up with a valuable way to help.
According to KMOV, even though she wasn’t living through the torrential flooding, it made Palmer think about her own heartbreak that she suffered after the birth of her third child, Truett.Screenshot/KMOV
“Truett has a congenital heart defect along with other underlying anomalies. For a big chunk of his life, he was unable to take my milk. Most of his nutrition came through IV.”
The mother recalled how stress can cause milk production to slow:
“With breast feeding, stress plays a big role in your supply. If you become stressed, your supply will drop.”
It was when she was asked by her son’s speech therapist to donate to the organization Guiding Star Missouri that she realized how she could help — the breast milk she was unable to use could be donated to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Along with other moms, Palmer has now provided hundreds of bottles of breast milk, which are being shipped in coolers to Texas mothers.Screenshot/KMOV
“We gave 1,040 ounces and we figured that up, if a normal baby gets three ounces, that’s 346 feedings.”
Palmer knows that mothers often face tough times, and they unite when they need to be strong:
“We have each other’s backs. We take care of each other. Breastfeeding is hard. Whether you’re pumping or feeding or however it may be, it’s hard. And we are like momma bears. We protect one another.”
The heartfelt donation has helped Palmer find the bright side of her own baby’s situation.Screenshot/KMOV
“With Truett’s heart defect, I don’t take that lightly but I also know I’m grateful for the situation God placed us in. It’s given us the opportunity to do other things, I mean had we not been in this situation, we wouldn’t be able to share some of our love with the babies in Houston.”
Palmer shared encouraging words with the flood victims, words that her family knows to be true:
“Beauty can come from this. It won’t be bad forever.”