(Closed) Would you feed your baby another woman's breast milk?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you feed your baby another woman's breast milk?
    Yes : (98 votes)
    39 %
    No : (85 votes)
    34 %
    Depends : (70 votes)
    28 %
  • Post # 3
    5474 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
    530 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think you should google it get a little some professional opinions on the matter, I personally am with your husband.

    Post # 5
    366 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    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
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
    1479 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    1130 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    7776 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    No, no way and hell no. Not a decision I would make, personally.

    Post # 10
    500 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I would definitely consider it. I would also be proud to be a donor!

    Post # 11
    42 posts
    • 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
    5920 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I had no idea people did this! Shows how little I know.  Very interesting! I am not sure what I would do.

    Post # 13
    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • 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
    7289 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Yes! Where I live we have a huge support/supply chain where mothers can donate frozen/unneeded breast-milk to those in need.

    Post # 16
    6245 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 1900

    I didn’t know there were even breast milk banks.  Learn something new every day.

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