If you’ve breastfed your children with absolutely no problems at all, you may find this post a little off-putting. If you’re like thousands of mums the World over who struggle to breastfeed their children, you might actually take a moment to consider the merits of Alicia Silverstone’s newest idea – a breast milk sharing program.
You may remember Alicia taking to the internet posting a video of herself transferring chewed food into her son’s mouth – the video went viral and people (the haters in particular) went crazy! So we’re wondering what their reaction is going to be to her latest idea of a breastmilk sharing program.
In a recent blog on her site The Kind Life Alicia talks about how an email from a girlfriend, beside herself because she couldn’t breastfeed, has prompted her to launch Kind Mama Milk Share aimed at connecting mums and allowing donating mums to play a part in bringing healthful breast milk to mums who truly value the nutritional value of milk but can’t breastfeed themselves.
She’s discovering it’s no easy quest – even if you do find mums who would willingly donate their breastmilk via a properly administered program, it’s hard to guage the quality of the milk. If you’ve read anything about Silverstone, you’ll know she’s vegan and very committed to pure living, whole foods and animal protection. So obviously any programme that she endorses isn’t going to be letting mums who’ve had some sneaky chocolate or a few of the kids fries into the programme! Although without a ‘fasting blood test’ prior to donating, we’re not quite sure how easy it would be to detect any diet transgressions in the donating mums.
Good luck Alicia – your intentions are pure. We know there are hundreds of mums who’d probably rather load up their trollies with pure breastmilk from beautiful mums. However we’ll watch with interest to see if you can make your way past all the nay-sayers to get this off the ground.
What do you think? If you had plenty of breastmilk, would you share with others? If you had none, would you consider using breastmilk from another mum?