Sydney mum, Joanne Campbell, was desperate for help when she was unable to breastfeed her son Hayden, or feed him with formula.
Hayden was born tongue-tied so he was unable to breastfeed, and formula caused stomach pains.
The desperate mum took to social media in a bid to find breast milk donors, and the response she received was overwhelming, shares Yahoo Lifestyle.
“After writing my first post about needing milk for Hayden, I was inundated with messages from women who were willing to help,” she says.
“Hayden has benefited so much from other women’s milk.”
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Now Joanne picks up almost 1 litre of stranger’s breast milk everyday, and leaves the excess in the freezer.
“The mums on Facebook have been a huge lifeline,” she said. “…without them Hayden would still be facing agonising stomach cramps from the formula milk.”
The new mum has faced some backlash from those who find the unusual method offensive.
“Some people find it disgusting and don’t understand why we’d share another human bodily fluid,” she admits, adding her and partner Adam find it ‘normal’ now.
Others are concerned by the use of unregulated donors, but Joanne insists she trusts the women who give her milk.
“I don’t believe any mums on the Facebook group would donate their breast milk if they had anything that could harm another baby,” she says.
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