That's interesting. Did you bring your own formula to the hospital in case you weren't able to breastfeed within 24 hrs?
We did the research too and decided not to bank the cord blood. I didn't feel that there was enough guarantee of the benefit to justify the high cost of storing. I know many other parents decided differently, but I felt that we could use that money in other ways that I know would benefit our son's health and well-being. I would have donated to a public bank, but did not have that option where we live.
You also can access from a public bank later if needed. It may not be as good as your own, but from my understanding it is possible to find another acceptable match.
Wow. Congrats! How are you doing?