Posting a need or offer anonymously

Hi everyone!

If, for whatever reason, you’d rather not post your offer or need to our facebook page, we’re happy to do it on your behalf. It works best if you post yourself because you get notifications etc from facebook directly but we understand that some folks just aren’t comfortable with that. And that’s cool.

Here’s the info we need from you in order to make a post on your behalf:

Donors:

What’s your name?
How much milk are you donating?
When was the milk pumped/frozen?
How old was your baby when the milk was pumped/frozen?
Where you ill or on medication when the milk was pumped?
Would this be a onetime or regular donation?
Where are you? Town/area you live in and maybe town you work in? (So folks know where they’d likely be picking up from- e.g. live in Inner Sunset in SF and work in downtown Oakland)
Anything else you’d like to say to potential recipients.

We do have a form we recommend recipients use to screen donors, which asks donors to volunteer information about their health. Might be helpful for you to preemptively answer/disclose any relevant info in that vein.

Recipients:

What’s your name?
How old is your baby?
How much milk do you need?
Do you need a onetime donation or a regular donor?
Any special circumstances or details we should know about? (e.g. newborn or baby allergic to formula)
Where are you? Town/area you live in and maybe town you work in? (So folks know where they’d likely be picking up from- e.g. live in Inner Sunset in SF and work in downtown Oakland)
How far are you willing to drive to pickup a donation?
Anything else you’d like to say to potential donors?.

We do recommend that you health screen potential donors and we created this form that you can download and either use as is or base your own screening questions on.

Hope this helps! You can send the details to us via private message on our facebook page or via email.

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Breastfeeding mamas

Just found this awesome gallery of generously sized mamas breastfeeding their babies. As a generously sized mama myself, it’s nice to see babies enjoying their mamas massive mammaries (as I call my own) and those lovely squishy bellies. (just my thoughts, only love intended – ajira)

http://plussizebirth.com/gallery/breastfeeding

Also has awesome list of resource links for breastfeeding blogs and info sites. I think I’ll add this amazing resource list to ours, for easier access from here.

xoxo!

What the FDA & WHO have to say about breastfeeding and breastmilk sharing.

I often talk about FDA and WHO recomendations about breastmilk and breastmilk sharing and thought it might be helpful to share where you can see them for yourselves.

The FDA seems essentially supportive but way more concerned with informing you of the inherent risks and suggesting pasteurized donor milk might be best-

Consider the possible safety risks

If you are considering feeding a baby with human milk from a source other than the baby’s mother, you should know that there are possible health and safety risks for the baby.  Risks for the baby include exposure to infectious diseases, including HIV, to chemical contaminants, such as some illegal drugs, and to a limited number of prescription drugs that might be in the human milk, if the donor has not been adequately screened.  In addition, if human milk is not handled and stored properly, it could, like any type of milk, become contaminated and unsafe to drink.

Read the rest here.

Meanwhile, WHO is super clear about how they feel about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old, and continued breastfeeding with the addition of nutritious complementary foods for up to two years or beyond.

They’re a little less clear (on their website at least) on how they feel about breastmilk sharing but, according to this 2007 study on ‘formula vs donor breastmilk for premature or low birth weight infants’ it’s pretty clear that breastmilk is what babies are meant to eat. If they have no access to their mother’s breastmilk, the next best nourishment is donor breastmilk and if that is not available, then formula is acceptable nourishment.

I was surprised at the main results of the study:

Eight trials fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Only one trial used nutrient-fortified donor breast milk. Enteral feeding with formula milk compared with donor breast milk resulted in higher rates of growth in the short term. There was no evidence of an effect on long-term growth rates or neurodevelopmental outcomes. Meta-analysis of data from five trials demonstrated a statistically significantly higher incidence of necrotising enterocolitis in the formula fed group: typical relative risk 2.5 (95% confidence interval 1.2, 5.1); typical risk difference: 0.03 (95% confidence interval 0.01, 0.06; number needed to harm: 33 (95% confidence interval 17, 100).

Then I reminded myself that no evidence in this trial doesn’t mean there is no effect, and that the ‘statistically significantly higher incidence of necrotising enterocolitis in the formula fed group’ is sufficient data to support WHO’s recommendation of breastfeed from birth mother first, donor milk second and formula third.

And I still completely support each family’s choice about what they feed their baby and why. I want you to make an informed decision about what is best for you and yours. And I want to be sure that breastmilk, if you want it, is accessible to you.

Hope that helps. And as always, I invite you to share any pertinent links on this subject in the comments below.

Community breastmilk sharing

One of the best bonuses of creating a cooperative like this one has been the amazing families that we’ve met, both donors and recipients. Frankly, we think the recipients are brave for taking a stand for what their babies need, and the donors are incredibly generous. It’s remarkable that something as simple as helping another baby be fed can be construed as anything other than natural.

Thankfully, there is a growing community of folks around the world who are intent on reviving this age old solution to an age problem- proving donor breastmilk for a baby whose mother is unable or unavailable to provide it.

Our objective here is to connect families to facilitate milksharing. We want to provide you with as much information as possible so you can be empowered to make the best choice possible for your family. Whatever you choose, we respect it. Just wanted to put that out there.

Here are some other sites that do what we do, here and in other places around the country and world. We are not connected with them in any way and simply share this information after meeting mums who’ve used these sites to connect with other families to share breastmilk. And we want you to know what resources are out there for you.

So, check them out. See what resonates with you and go with that. As always we encourage you to do whatever research you need before accepting a breastmilk donation.

Eats on Feets

Human Milk for Human Babies

Modern Milksharing

Only the breast