Post # 1
This is a weird question- but would you ever feed your baby another woman’s breast milk? Background- my good friend has a daughter who is 6 weeks older than my 6 month old daughter. She told me last night that her daughter will NOT drink her frozen breast milk. She tried the milk from January first, then the milk from March and then the milk from 2 weeks ago. She will however eat the cereal that it is mixed in with. My friend said there is only so much cereal she can give her daughter. That being said-my daughter gets both breast milk and formula as I do not produce enough to EBF. She gets around 10 oz of breast milk per day (not too much). Would it be wrong to feed my daughter my friends breast milk that she is just going to have to throw away? It is weird, but I feel that the benefits of breast milk outweigh the weirdness. My husband is opposed to it. My friend has a very healthy lifestyle/diet/non smoker. We have a peditrician appt tomorrow, so I am going to ask the doc then, but I wanted to get some other mother’s opinions first!
Post # 3
Initially, my reaction was “oh hell no!” but then I remembered that way back when in the old days people used wet nurses. So, I don’t think it’s unheard of, but I don’t have enough information/education about this to make an informed decision.
Post # 4
I think you should google it get a little some professional opinions on the matter, I personally am with your husband.
Post # 5
There are actually breast milk banks to help babies in the hospital whose mothers can’t produce enough milk. I think its a great alternative, and its not different that wet nurses though she won’t physically be breast feeding your baby.
Post # 6
So it’s either formula or breat milk from someone else? It sounds strange at first but if she is a healthy woman who lives a healthy lifestyle then I think it just comes down to whether or not you feel that breast milk is much better than formula. I would talk to your doctor about it and while it may not be an ideal situation, if you are unable to produce enough milk for your daughter then it still allows her to have breastmilk.
Post # 7
Considering you can donate your breast milk, I think it would be perfectly acceptable to take breastmilk from a friend that you trust. If it helps your baby, I think it’s a great way to go.
Post # 8
Hospitals often have mothers donate milk to be used for other infants for whatever reason (things like the mom can’t produce enough milk, perhaps the mother passed during child birth, the mother has some sort of disease or condition that prevents her from breast feeding).
Post # 9
No, no way and hell no. Not a decision I would make, personally.
Post # 10
I would definitely consider it. I would also be proud to be a donor!
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2015 - Pharmacy Museum
If you know the person well I certainly don’t see any harm in it. I would just make sure she doesn’t have any communicable diseases/infections that could be the reason her baby refuses the milk. Maybe talk to the doc first.
Post # 12
I had no idea people did this! Shows how little I know. Very interesting! I am not sure what I would do.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Doesn’t wound any weirder than feeding your child the milk of another female of an entirely different species, and we do that all the time.
Post # 14
Yes! Where I live we have a huge support/supply chain where mothers can donate frozen/unneeded breast-milk to those in need.
Post # 15
@mrsSonthebeach: Oh, very good point!
Post # 16
I didn’t know there were even breast milk banks. Learn something new every day.