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Miracle Milk Mother's Day Stroll helps infants with painful disease

It's a disease that is the second highest killer among premature newborns, but prevention is something every mom can help with.
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - It's a disease that is the second highest killer among premature newborns, but prevention is something every mom can help with.

"When we're walking people see us you know they'll ask questions," said April Gaisforth, a mother.

Everyone walks through malls.

"Hey what's going on? And then we can raise the awareness," she continued.

You might be picking up something to eat or something to wear.

But Saturday morning, Gaisford was doing neither.

"We're very passionate about breastfeeding," said Gaisforth. "I've breastfed both of my kids. So anything to help the cause is great."

Gaisforth walked laps to help kids with Necrotizing Enterocolitis, or NEC, which is a painful bowel disease that affects nearly 5,000 premature newborns a year.

"I know it's expensive and difficult to treat once they get it," said Gaisforth.

The best way to prevent NEC? Breast milk.

But not every mom can provide it--sometimes, they need donor milk because they cannot lactate on their own.

"There are a lot of stories about babies who were breastfed and survived this disease. So we're trying to raise awareness to get breast milk to these babies," said Gaisforth.

And that's why April and the Best For Babes organization stepped in Saturday with the Miracle Milk Mother's Day Stroll.

"There is hope, and other people can help prevent this disease," said Gaisforth.

And for Gaisforth, hope starts with that simple walk through the mall.

If you'd like to get involved with Best For Babes, you can head over to http://www.bestforbabes.org/.

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