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Free February Programs and Nonprofit Spotlight

Snow may still be covering the ground in some parts, but we're certainly inching closer to spring.

We are excited to share these upcoming FREE programs with you. Don't forget to RSVP to save your spot, and check our full schedule for a glimpse of March programs!

And, I'd love it if you would join me in helping our featured nonprofit, Madison Area Donor Milk Alliance, fill their freezers by donating milk and/or sharing their story.

Also, in case you missed it, you can still fill out our Spring Survey to help us determine the best days/locations to hold our future programs. Thanks!

Winter Wonderland in Cross Plains: Feb. 20 (9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday)

This free event at The Creekside Scoop will feature an indoor storytime and wintry craft at 9:30 a.m. led by library staff, followed by a walk along the paved Ice Age Trail loop to read the StoryWalk® "Cozy" by Jan Brett and explore Zander Park! Recharge with drinks/snacks at Crossroads Coffeehouse. (RSVP recommended).

Play Group with 4-C in Verona: Feb. 29 (9:30-11 a.m. Thursday)

Make new connections and enjoy coffee while your kids (ages 0-5) play and have a snack at this free Leap Day play group at Verona Public Library’s meeting room in collaboration with Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C). Stick around to learn about local resources from Macaroni KID Madison, and explore the Prairie Tales outdoor story walk. (Registration required).

Nonprofit Spotlight

The Madison Area Donor Milk Alliance (MADMA) is a human milk sharing organization serving Dane County, Wisconsin. Families may be in need of donor milk due to a number of reasons including low or no supply, illness, adoption, as well as others. Shared breastmilk can optimize infant health and nutrition, while profoundly strengthening social bonds and community resilience, but many families do not know another breastfeeding person or do not feel comfortable asking for such intimate help. MADMA helps facilitate lab testing, safety education and health screening for milk donors and provides milk for free to families that need it. They also work with parents experiencing loss, connecting them with bereavement resources and support for lactation after loss.

Learn about donor milk

Two ways you can help MADMA

Susan's Story as a Milk Recipient

Thank you to my friend Susan for sharing her story about how MADMA helped her feed her daughter Juni. Susan gives back by serving on the nonprofit's board, and she compiled the information you just read above. Here is more of her story. You can read more stories here, and we'll be sharing more stories on our social media soon, too.

"I was unable to make milk for our baby due to Insufficient Glandular Tissue. MADMA was able to provide us with milk at a time when everything seemed impossible and overwhelming. It gave us time to find a long-term breastmilk donor which we have been so thankful for. Not being able to make milk was so devastating for me. I had always assumed I would breastfeed and stick with it no matter how hard it was. The fact that my body would not be able to make milk had not even occurred to me. I was spending hours a day pumping for less than an ounce of milk. I knew, for my mental health, I needed to stop so I wouldn't miss precious time with our baby but it was so hard to do that. Having donor milk helped me be okay with stopping. It was a life saver for me emotionally and gave our baby crucial nutrition and antibodies. I will forever be grateful to MADMA for the help they provided our family." - Susan, Milk Recipient

Stephanie's Story as a Milk Donor


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