(Closed) Sharing breastmilk?

posted 7 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 # 18
    47256 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @newlynesting:  I live in Canada. Women’s Hospital handles the milk bank where I live and is responsible for all screening and testing.

    Post # 20
    5399 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @cdncinnamongirl:  I imagine the “no” voters think either 1) it’s icky/weirds them out or 2) they would be concerned about the safety and potential disease aspect. Those are the only 2 reasons I can think of. 

    Post # 21
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    i wouldn’t use someone else’s breastmilk unless i was 100% certain they had been screened for all communicable diseases. and weren’t on drugs etc obviously


    Post # 22
    668 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @newname_99:  Same. If I can’t breast feed I will do formula. I feel better about that than taking someone else’s milk. In reality, especially in industralized countries, formula fed babies do just fine.

    Post # 23
    7480 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @newname_99:  +1 This is why I voted that I would share my breast milk but I wouldn’t use someone else’s milk.


    Post # 24
    1137 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I became a milk donor as I’m an over producer and have no space for all the extra milk. I was making 2x what he needs (now down to an extra 20oz a day or so, vs 30oz).

    My son was in the NICU for 12 days due to complications with his birth (he suffered a stroke). He ended up getting donor milk by mistake, which in turn tuned me into the world of donating milk. I figured if I had all this extra I should look into a way to ‘give back’ in a sense. It just felt like the right thing to do.

    I actually went through a milk bank at first. They have you sign papers to get your medical information for your OB and to send to your childs doctor to make sure there is no reason you can’t donate (like baby not gaining/needing to eat more). You also have to get bloodwork done and do a DNA check swab.

    Once I was cleared to donate this way I went onto the Facebook groups to donate locally. I’ve donated 2x to the milk bank (both times over 200oz) and several times to local moms in need. The fact I’m approved by a milk bank makes them more comfortable.

    I’m not sure I could use someone elses milk. I’m not 100% comfortable with it, but I don’t mind sharing. If I was, I’d want someone to show me their medical information, or I’d want a milk bank approved person.

    My son is 20 weeks now and I’ve donated over 1000oz. I have no idea exactly how much, but I do know it’s over that amount. I just did another 150oz donation last week and am planning another 150-200oz donation as soon as I can get one of my donor moms to pickup. I need my freezer space back!

    Post # 25
    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @snoie:  This is amazing that you’ve been able to give so much back for moms who really want to breastfeed and can’t.


    I would share milk with someone I’m close to and trust (my sister is TTC and I’m 25w pregnant, so I could see helping her out/recieving help from her if either of us struggles) or going to a milk bank, but I wouldn’t be taking donor milk from people on craigslist or facebook.

    Post # 26
    6890 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My little boy was in the NCIU when he was born and my milk didn’t really come in very well.  We used dontated Bridesmaid or Best Man from a milk bank so he would get Bridesmaid or Best Man.  So I have used “shared breast milk”

    Post # 27
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Absolutely to both. My mom used to produce so much milk she would donate it. (and even made breast milk yogurt!)


    Post # 28
    1470 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I would do both (through a bank). I donate breast milk currently, and if need-be in the future, would use donated breast milk. But I do think it needs to be screened/treated properly.

    Post # 29
    1238 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @newlynesting:  Human Milk for Human Babies is another great organization.


    sharing breastmilk is responsible for survival of the species! until the 19th century nurse maids were the norm, and farther back, family members would nurse newborns if the mother had problems.

    Post # 30
    3415 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    I would share and or use shared if my baby needed it.

    Post # 31
    12246 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would definitely donate, but I don’t know that I would want to give some to my baby!

    I don’t know what the mother ate, and if my child will be sensitive to it!

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