Sharing breastmilk?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you ever share/use shared breastmilk?
    No, neither : (46 votes)
    30 %
    I would share breastmilk, but never use shared breastmilk : (34 votes)
    22 %
    I would use shared breastmilk, but never share my own : (2 votes)
    1 %
    I would share only if I got paid : (10 votes)
    6 %
    I would be willing to share or use shared breastmilk : (63 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Donated breastmilk is listed as the #3 source to feed infants by WHO with first being nursing & 2nd being expressed breastmilk from the mother.

    Breastmilk saved premie babies & other infants alike everyday & SHOULD BE shared by those who can produce enough for themselves & have extra… it’s a vital life source & nothing can even remotely compare to it.

    Breastmilk has also been used for burn victims & chemo patients so donated breastmilk helps those who aren’t just infants as well!

    I would never “buy” breastmilk from a random mom though, that to me damages the intergrity of the milk… a mom shouldn’t be trying to make a buck on helping others with something so imperative to have.

    ETA: I would most definitely donate milk AND except milk that would’ve been suitable for my daughter (she had protein intolerances so it would have to be from a mother on a strict elimination diet)

    Post # 4
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    42453 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Our breastmilk banks do screening on the moms before accepting donations. I would donate/use- whatever was appropriate.

     

    Post # 5
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    538 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Double post

    Post # 6
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    538 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I am not a mother but I am so pro-breast feeding, if it was not possible for me to do I would totally accept breast milk from someone else, BUT I would prefer/want it to be from someone I knew and vice versa, if I knew of someone who needed it, I would totally donate but I start to feel a little uncomfortable about it if it starts to become a ‘faceless’ kind of thing, and certainly where money is exchanging hands its a no no for me

    Post # 7
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    3598 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    The only way I’d want to have anything to do with babies being fed other women’s breast milk is if it was through a bank that screened it.  It’s still a bodily fluid.

    Post # 8
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    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Milk banks (as far as I know) screen donors for communicable diseases.  I’m not sure I would accept milk from a stranger, but since I can and do pump my own milk for my child, I guess I can’t really say what I would or wouldn’t do unless faced with that situation.

    I actually offered some of my surplus milk to my cousin who exclusively nurses and had trouble building enough of a supply to leave with her daycare center when she went back to work.  I told her she could have a few frozen portions of mine to leave with them as an emergency back-up.

    I looked into a co-op I heard about, called Mother’s Milk, and they are a very ‘grass roots’ type of organization.  Some women can receive money for their milk, others can donate it, and they have a tab for those who need milk.  I am considering donating any excess to them if the situtation arises.  I currently pump only, so my baby gets my milk but only in the bottle.  I am able to freeze a bit of excess, but I want to have a comfortable supply in the freezer before I go giving it away to anyone.

    Post # 9
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    5445 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’m a long ways from this but since I’ve had a breast reduction and my breastfeeding capabilities are unknown, I would consider doing this. I would prefer if it was someone I knew was very healthy and follows the diet/lifestyle that I do. 

    Post # 11
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    8701 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    This isn’t anything new. Back in the day mothers used to hire women who were lactating to feed their children, they were called Wet nurses. Now people pump & dump at milk banks.

    If my child needed it, I’d go to a milk bank. I am not opposed to formula feeding, so it would come down to prices & availability for me.

    Post # 12
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    1613 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I very (very) highly doubt I’ll ever be in a situation IRL to consider this, but hypothetically yes to both donating and accepting (assuming donors are screened).

    I wonder where all the “no” voters are, there aren’t any “no” posts and I’m curious as to what that point of view is.

    Post # 13
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    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    i didnt use others breastmilk, i breastfed for 10months until i finally gave LO regular milk.

    But my best friend was breastfeeding and had to have surgery done she was on medication so couldnt bf and i had frozen milk that i gave her.

    perfectly fine Smile

    Post # 14
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    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @newlynesting:  This idea is well established in the healthcare world. Many children’s hospitals have excellent milk banks, including the one at which I completed my pediatric clinical rotation.  I was at the largest children’s hospital in the world, so their milk bank was top notch.  Donor milk is properly checked for diseases, etc. and stored as carefully as any other donor items like blood. Many neonatal ICU patients would not be able to receive the health benefits associated with breast milk without milk banks.  Sometimes the mothers of these sick babies stop lactating quickly due to their ill baby being unable to feed often enough. The body stops producing milk due to infrequent feedings.  Also, some women that have viruses like HIV or take certain medications are advised not to breast feed, because they could pass their illness or meds to their newborn through their breast milk. Milk banks allow their infants to receive the health benefits associated with being breast fed.  

    I would not personally recommend getting milk from a stranger met online, but rather from a reputable milk bank.  It is very important that donated breast milk be properly tested and stored.  Also, lactating women wishing to help other moms might do more good by donating to a reputable milk bank, rather than through online matching.  Milk banks always need donors. 

    Post # 15
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    1637 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I picked the paid option but I would probably be fine with sharing breastmilk. I don’t have a good reason for it… I just don’t care. And like to get paid.

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