Welcome to The Mothers Of The Milky Way!

We are two mothers who were moved by the story of a little girl whose life was saved through the generosity, love and care of mothers (and their babies) who were willing to share their milk. This story has brought us all together, and these are our stories.

If you are interested in donating milk and live in the West Michigan area, please e mail us:

Donated breast milk saves lives.
To learn more about donating breast milk please visit
OR - to find a way to donate or receive donations locally:

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Quick Update:

I AM still collecting donated Breast Milk. Some of it still goes to Jayden, but a lot of it is helping local mothers in the Grand Rapids area. Babies with special needs, moms who need help building a supply (you would be surprised how relieved a mom will feel with a freezer bag full of milk in her freezer - often relieving the pressure enough for her milk supply to increase) and even some adopted babies. It's been a wonderful journey and such a blessing to connect these women who have an abundance with women with babies in need. There's always enough to go around! <3

If you have milk to give or need milk for your baby, please e mail me: crowninglotus@yahoo.com

Monday, April 9, 2012

Got Milk?

Hey Mamas!!

We're bringing milk over to Jayden and her family on April 27th and would love to bring them a good amount to continue to help save and sustain Jayden's life. If you or anyone you know has any extra breast milk, please consider making a donation to Jayden by April 25th.

Simply contact Juliea Paige CD(DONA) @ crowninglotus@yahoo.com -or- Laura Dillivan @ ladillivan@gmail.com

Thanks all! <3

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jayden NEEDS Milk - Please Read & Help Us Spread The Word!!

Hello lovely mamas - we need your help!  

Jayden was doing very well for a while, so we slowed down on collecting milk for her. Unfortunately, Jayden got sick and was hospitalized and isn't doing very great. The family does not have enough milk for her right now and are desperate for breast milk donations.

If you or anyone you know has ANY extra milk to give, please contact us immediately.
Juliea Paige CD(DONA) - 616.633.5787
Laura Dillivan - 616.558.6955

UPDATE: We will be attending the Art Prize Nurse In, Let The Revolution Begin With Us event Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1-4 PM at The Waters Building (161 Ottawa, suite 112)
 If you have milk to give, you are invited to bring it to the event and join us for the nurse in! 
For details click HERE

Please, share this post with your friends and loved ones. You never know who might be nursing, who might know someone who is nursing, or even someone who has a stock pile of breast milk they need to get rid of. Your "share" either in breast milk or in spreading the word could help us sustain a life.

Thank you.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nursing Moms Are Taking Over Grand Rapids!!

In the coming month nursing moms will be making headlines in Grand Rapids as the Milk For Thought tour bus will be making a stop on July 28 and he Grand Rapids BIG LATCH ON will be breaking records on August 6. Both of these events are meant to promote and support breastfeeding mothers of the past, present and future. They will both be important parts of our history and we hope you will all be inspired to join!

July 28 - Milk For Thought "Latch On America" Tour Bus GRAND RAPIDS
location TBA

45 days - 30+ Cities - 1 Goal
Highlighting how America is taking action to empower breastfeeding mothers.

Come and celebrate breastfeeding, connect with community and share our stories of breastfeeding. We want to hear from anyone who has ever or will ever breastfeed (for any amount of time) as well as anyone who has ever loved or supported someone who has. Your story matters and can help other new and future moms.

August 6 - Grand Rapids BIG LATCH ON
10 - 11AM
Rosa Parks Circle

Breastfeeding mothers of West Michigan UNITE! Together we will try to break the record for most women latched together simultaneously while promoting and supporting breastfeeding. There will be 50 amazing swag bags for the first 50 mothers at the event and two raffle prizes as well provided by businesses in our community who support nursing mothers.

Through these two events a Grand Rapids based list will be created for mothers to find the places where she is "Free To Feed" her baby. The businesses that are on this list will receive information about breastfeeding that they will pass along to their employees to ensure that everyone who works for them is aware of current policy. This will avoid future embarrassments for companies like the Smart Bus who's drive went against policy and tried to kick a mother off for nursing her two week old baby.

These events are more than just breastfeeding events, they are important movements towards understanding and changing our attitudes towards breastfeeding mothers which will help to increase our breastfeeding rates, saving money and lives along the way.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Day For Babes!

Breast Milk Drive & Motherhood Celebration
May 7, 2011
11AM - 7PM
1031 Wealthy St. - Grand Rapids 
(Between Sparrows Coffee and Brick Road Pizza)

Mothers make the world go around, and this day is dedicated to all you are and all that you could be. Join your local health and living experts as they feature workshops, demonstrations, services and goods all focused on empowerment, personal growth and your overall well being.

Breast Milk Donation Drive 

The Mothers Of The Milky Way is a local group of women who organize and collect donations of breast milk to benefit Jayden and Michael, two little ones on the East side of Michigan who are surviving on these donations. 
  • Workshop Schedule 
    • 11:00 - Mom & Baby Fitness - Stroller Strides 
    • 11:30 - Displaying Photography In Your Home with photographer Michelle Tippmann of En Vida Studio
    • NOON - "Understand Your Birth Plan Workshop" & Babywearing Demonstrations with Birth Doula Juliea Paige
    • 1:00 - Belly Dancing Workshop
    • 2:00 - Personal & Family Financial Planning
    • 3:00 - Find Your Passion - Live Your Dream! Workshop with Michelle Simons
    • 4:00 - Belly Dancing Workshop
    • 5:00 - Simple Nutrition For The Busy Mama with Health & Wellness Coach Aubrey Martin
    • 6:00 - The Unveiling of The CommonUnity Project - Find out what is on the horizon for the community of Grand Rapids. This is going to be BIG!

Also - come and check out our amazing vendors!

Crowning Lotus Doula Services - with Birth Doula info, Nursing Clips, Buddy Blankets, Birthing Bracelets & Mama Munchies Cookies
Henna Tattoos by the very talented Cassie Jaffe
MiEssence Certified Organic Beauty/Skin Care - with Jessica Andrews
XanGo - The Mangosteen Miracle - Self improvement, from the inside out.
Photography by Michelle Tippmann of En Vida Studio

Raffle Sponsors:
Crowning Lotus Doula Services
Health & Wellness Coaching
Clothing Matters
Energy Worker Sue Krenselewski
Health & Wellness Coaching with Aubrey Martin
En Vida Studio Photography
Teri Genovese Photography

There will also be light refreshments (Including local doula & mama made Mama Munchies Cookies), Raffles & Samples!

Make sure to RSVP on our Facebook Event Page to be put on the guest list and receive a FREE raffle ticket!

More details coming all the time! Feel free to invite your friends!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Breast Milk Donation Drop Off

The Mothers Of The Milky Way
Breast Milk Donation Drop Off
March 24
Hop Scotch Children's Store
963 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids

Got Milk?

We're always looking for lifesaving breastmilk donations for Jayden and her little brother Michael. If you a nursing mother with extra milk or you know someone who is, please consider sharing. Every drop counts for these kids!!

Please, PLEASE pass this event along and help us get the word out!

If you are interested in donating, please bring your individual packages of frozen milk in larger freezer bags. We keep the milk separated by mother. If you have a large quantity, please give us a heads up through e-mail so we can be ready. Thank you SO much!

To RSVP for this event on Facebook - please visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197699950254131