Breastfeeding community rally around mum in need.

A post shared on Pinky McKay Facebook page requests for urgent assistance to provide a family with human breastmilk to help out a mum recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Pinky shares

“**Urgent Request** A mother diagnosed with breast cancer needs to immediately wean her 9mo baby before starting chemo in two weeks.

 The family are devastated at such an abrupt end to breastfeeding and hope to keep their little girl on human milk until 12 months but in the immediate circumstances, need to dramatically reduce feeds and introduce donor milk by bottle this weekend. This bed-sharing, fully-breastfed baby needs up to a litre per day in the first instance while we work out exactly how much she will need ongoing.

South-eastern suburbs. Collection and drop off being facilitated by Southern Natural Parenting Network, so almost all areas of Melbourne are possible.

Coordination of donations is being organised on this support page”


The private group set up for support already has nearly 200 members.

They explain, “A very dear member of Southern Natural Parenting Network has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Village is ready to rally around her for love, support and care during this difficult and exhausting time.

This group will be used to coordinate fundraising, meal deliveries, EBM donations, house cleaning…..and whatever else the family needs.”

If you are able to help please contact the group and let them know.

It is so awesome to see such a strong support network for a mum in need.

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  • wow what a sad thing for this family to have to deal with right when it should be their happiest of times celebrating and bonding with their baby.

    Well done to the Pinky McKay group for rallying around not just for breastmilk, but offering so much more to the family. What a beautiful thing to do – I wish the mum all the best with her cancer treatment, and I hope that get the milk supply they need for their little one.


  • When we know better, we do better.

    We know that breastmilk is far superior to infant formula. Instead of this arrival causing people to say “I wouldn’t do that” they should be going “I will consider this”. I would most definitely prefer my human infant to have human milk than milk meant for baby cows.


  • Before you comment about the safety of donor milk you might want to know some of the risks of formula:



  • Nice that people rally around to support her, but there is a health risk to sharing with a baby – wasn’t there an article published on here yesterday or the day before about this?


  • Unless the milk is screened (health issues), they’re probably better swapping to formula.


  • There is always a health risk with donated milk.


  • That is an amazing support network.
    I personally would have swapped to formula but everyone is different


  • So many women ready to help. That’s awesome!


  • A nice gesture. I think I would prefer to put my baby on formula though, rather then drink strangers donated milk


  • This is a wonderful initiative which will definitely reduce the stress levels for the Mum this article is about. I wish the Mum a speedy recovery and hope her treatment doesn’t attack her good cells. I believe under most circumstances the first batches of breastmilk are tested to make sure the donor Mother has no illness that can be transmitted via the breastmilk. I hope the method is successful. Only problem I can forsee is if the flavour varies if more than one Mum donates milk to the same baby.


  • Unfortunately I am not in Melbourne otherwise I would definitely help. I am still feeding my baby and could whip out my expressing machine to give a little. I hope that they are able to get everything she needs and the best treatment possible to continue living life to the full.


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