We Are Sincerely Sorry for Your Loss
The loss of a baby is a devastating experience. In addition to experiencing profound grief, you are likely dealing with your body’s natural process to provide breast milk for your precious child to whom you just said goodbye.
Some parents who have lost their little one will find comfort and healing by pumping and donating their milk for a time to give to other babies in need. We invite you to consider giving this precious gift to the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies as a legacy from both you and your baby.
If you would like more information about lactation and the options available after your loss, please click here. A print version is available to download, “Teardrops with Milkdrops.” You can also call a Donor Coordinator at 763-290-1865 for more information.
Our Forever Butterflies Memorial
Our Forever Butterflies is a handmade quilt lovingly made and displayed on our wall at the Milk Bank to honor the babies of bereaved parents who have donated their milk to the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies. The quilt is adorned with a colorful array of flowers with beautiful butterflies that fill the sky. Each butterfly sewn on the quilt has the first name and birthdate of a forever baby embroidered on it. Another butterfly is made and given to the family as a keepsake.
Our memorial program began in the Fall of 2021*. Handmade quilts will be added to our walls over time and our forever butterflies will continue to grace the skies, creating a lasting memory of the gift made to honor these forever babies.
*We are grateful for the Sommers Family grant that provided funding to establish the Milk Bank memorial quilt program
Quilt Design Contest – Spring 2023
We are looking to expand Our Forever Butterflies Memorial with another beautiful quilt. Please share your ideas with us by April 15th – submit an entry online or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, call 763-546-8051.
Resources for You and Your Family
To support families experiencing an infant loss, a list of grief resources has been compiled for parents and their loved ones. Please see the links for both state-wide and regional resources.
- Teardrops with Milkdrops tri-fold brochure
- Hope for Grieving Parents, a state-wide Minnesota Community Resources flyer
- Regional Resources/Groups for Grieving Parents, Minnesota Regional Resources flyer
- Breast Massage and Hand Expression Following Perinatal Loss, Breastfeeding Medicine of North East Ohio video.