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
Only the breast
If you’re uncomfortable donating breastmilk directly to a recipient, please consider donating to a milk bank like the Mothers’ Milk Bank in San Jose. According to their website, they have been-
a licensed tissue bank that has been providing milk banking services for over 30 years. Since 1974, over 4000 donors have provided over 1.5 million ounces to help babies survice and thrive.
They are a non-profit milk bank but do charge a $3 per ounce processing fee to recipients. (And herein lies our biggest issue with milk banks since $3 per ounce for a growing baby adds up quickly to become unaffordable for many families.) Most insurance companies will cover the cost of banked milk if it is deemed medically necessary- so definitely worth a discussion with your physician and your provider.
One consideration about milk banks is that they do screen and pasteurize the breastmilk donations. They have stringent donor screening, including blood tests, and therefore this may be preferable for an at-risk baby.
Either way, please consider donating breastmilk that your baby doesn’t need. Another baby would certainly be better off with it, whether you donate it directly to another baby or to a milk bank.
I have only ever seen clips of this show here and there. Love the sound of a pregnancy concierge, although I imagine I would quickly make my family bankrupt if I had access to such. And anyone, isn’t the non-pregnant person of the couple making this new life the pregnancy concierge by default? Just saying. 😀
Anyway! From the impressions I gleaned through the few clips I’ve seen, I was very surprised to see this clip where the concierge has been hired by a mum to find a wet nurse!
What do you think? Would you use a wet nurse? And would you hire a pregnancy concierge?
I hadn’t heard of this mini-documentary webseries before coming across this piece on Cafe Mom‘s – The Stir.
Joanna is a new mom who is also battling cancer, and realises that she won’t be able to breastfeed for very long due to the drugs she has to take for chemotherapy. So she finds a donor who enables Joanna’s baby to continue receiving breastmilk for the first three months of her life. More in the video below.
Watching this made me so grateful to be a part of this amazing community where there’s a space for families to ask for or offer breastmilk donations. We’re doing a good thing here, people. Thanks for being in this with us.
Super excited to read this on newscientist.com:
Previous research had hinted that breast milk might have antiviral properties, but it was unclear if it would prevent HIV transmission. “We have shown that milk has an intrinsic innate ability to kill HIV,” says J. Victor Garcia, who supervised the work.
Read the whole article here.
I am always surprised to discover that there hasn’t been done all that much research into breastmilk, it’s components and the impact it has on health. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of information out there and I’m grateful for it. But there isn’t as much as I’d expect, particularly considering how vital it is for the health of both babies and their mothers.
Anyway, good news! I recently read an amazing piece on NativeMothering.com which goes into much detail about the known components of breastmilk and the roles of said components. Amazing read. I was particularly intrigued by the presence and function of non-nutritive elements which essentially support the newborn’s health and boost their immature immune systems.
Please click over there and have a read… we’d love to know what you think and please share links to any other fascinating pieces you’ve seen around the interwebs about the glory of what breastmilk is made of.
p.s. please follow us on facebook and/or twitter to hear about the most recent requests for or offers of breastmilk. Thanks!
Our old website is kaput. Simply put, we couldn’t afford to keep paying for all expenses associated with the cooperative on our own. And we clearly hadn’t put in enough time soliciting your donations. So that site is down and we’re starting again over here. This time we’re trying to go with totally free options and hoping that eventually folks will donate and we’ll be able to create something more custom at a later stage.
Hope that makes sense. Looking forward to hearing from you. Hoping our old host will let us migrate our data here.
So, you may have noticed that our old site is down. We were unable unwilling to continue paying high fees out of our pockets to continue the site and hope that we can get some donations in support from you to continue our efforts to connect families who need or have breastmilk.