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Finding High-Quality Donated Breast Milk

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 12:30 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In 2013, actress and vegan Alicia Silverstone created a special breast milk sharing program for mothers who avoid eating animal products.

She was inspired to launch Kind Mama Milk Share after another vegan mom, who was unable to breastfeed, was frustrated in her search for donor breast milk from other vegans.

“There's no reason why they shouldn't be able to give their babies the most amazing start in life with clean, mean, glorious breast milk,” Silverstone wrote on her website.

But being vegan/vegetarian is just one of the reasons more new mothers are turning to mom-to-mom donated breast milk instead of regulated milk banks, according to new research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) 2019 National Conference & Exhibition.

Other reasons?

• The higher cost of milk bank products.

• Concerns about quality. These are misplaced, because it's mom-to-mom milk that isn't screened and may be contaminated with medications, harmful chemicals, or bacteria and viruses.

• They aren't able to obtain a prescription for breast milk. One is required for donor milk from a bank.

Unfortunately, according to the survey presented at the APA conference, more than 50% of moms don't have safety concerns about using mom-to-mom donor milk, and almost 80% didn't think about asking about the milk donor's past and current health status and medications — or if the milk was screened for contamination.

If you need to use donor breast milk, the best thing to do is contact your doctor or hospital and the Human Milk Banking Association of North America to locate a quality-controlled supplier.

© King Features Syndicate

   
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