Alicia Silverstone , mama to two-year-old son, Bear Blu , with her rocker husband Christopher Jarecki, dished the details on her latest venture: a breast milk sharing program for vegan mothers. The new service, called Kind Mama Milk Share, Silverstone explained, will be offered to new moms who cannot produce enough milk on their own, but still want to provide the nutritious benefits of breast milk to their babies. The community service, inspired by a friend who was unable to produce enough milk for her son, will support those mamas and babies who need a hand.
Here's what she said on her website:
A couple weeks ago, another mama I know gave birth to a son. She e-mailed to let me know how things were going, and she was beside herself. She'd tried to do everything so that this baby would have the healthiest, happiest start in life—she nourished herself during pregnancy with clean, kind foods; had a beautiful home birth; and planned to breastfeed from now until her son could say, "No thanks." But because of a breast reduction surgery, she found she wouldn't be able to make enough milk for him, no matter how much precious boobie time they spent together. She tried reaching out in her community for donor milk, but it was almost impossible to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices the donors had made. And after all that hard work keeping herself vibrant and healthy, she felt she had a right to demand better for her baby. A lot of women unfortunately have a similar struggle, and 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. And because we are a community of beautiful souls who recognize the importance of food as health, I say we help support those mamas and babies who need a hand during one of the most important times in their lives. It's why I'm starting the Kind Mama Milk Share, a way for moms to connect with other moms in their area. If you have milk to share—post it! If you are in need of milk—post it! Think of all the babies we can help raise together!
Alicia was backed by dozens of supporters and volunteers who applauded her efforts to spread the word about milk share opportunities for moms in need. In the comments section of the post, many expressed a need for a milk donor themselves or offered to be a milk donor for another woman in need. Currently, the FDA recommendations warn against feeding your baby with breast milk from individuals on, or through, the Internet, citing that "When human milk is obtained directly from individuals or through the Internet, the donor is unlikely to have been adequately screened for infectious disease or contamination risk. In addition, it is not likely that the human milk has been collected, processed, tested or stored in a way that reduces possible safety risks to the baby.
However, the FDA does recommend that if you're interested in using donor milk that you consult with a healthcare provider and make sure the donor source has screened its milk and taken other precautions to ensure the safety of the milk for the baby. These are the possible outlined risks that baby could face if milk is not pre-screened and tests are not taken: exposure to infections diseases such as HIV, chemical contaminants such as illegal drugs as well as certain prescription drugs.
Women using Silverstone's website are generally vegan, plant-based and organic eaters who would like their donors to be vegan, as well.
Would you ever consider being a donor milk provider or using donor milk for baby?