Serena Williams Donates Her "Super Soldier" Breast Milk

"Some kid's backhand just got stronger," joked a commenter in response to the tennis legend's video revealing dozens of donated milk pouches.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Updated December 21, 2023
Serena Williams looks on during a match between the United States and China PR at DRV PNK Stadium on December 02, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Power pumper Serena Williams is giving back this holiday season!

The new mom to daughter, Adira River Ohanian, shared in an Instagram video on December 20 that she would be donating dozens of pouches of breast milk to those in need. “On a recent trip to NY I had left over breast milk. After going through a screening I was able to donate it instead of taking the milk home,” Williams captioned the video. “I know so many amazing women that adopt or are unable to make milk. It felt amazing. BTW Someone out there is getting some super soldier milk.”

In the video clip, Williams notes that she is “really excited” to donate the breast milk “to people who really need it.” Before closing the freezer door, she added, “It’ll be anonymous, but super excited to just help in some way.”

Fans chimed in on the video in the comments. “Some kid’s backhand just got stronger,” joked one user. “That’s G.O.A.T. Milk!,” added another, hinting at the acronym Greatest Of All Time.

Parents also shared their gratefulness for Williams’ donation. “As a NICU mom of twins who needed donor milk while waiting for mine to come in, thank you for donating,” wrote one mom. “My baby is adopted and ended up having severe dairy allergies, so we relied on donor milk. It was such a gift to us, and I’m always so grateful when I think about it!” added another parent.

This isn’t the first time Williams has shared part of her pumping journey. Earlier this month, the mom of two stirred up conversation on TikTok about some of the lesser-known benefits of breast milk—including its ability to possibly heal sunburnt skin.

Standing in her bathroom fresh-faced and wearing a black sports bra, Wiliams started off the video noting that she “completely got burned under my eye,” adding that she had sensitive skin. “I was in the sun … long story. Anyway, I’m trying some breast milk. It works for my kid — they say put breast milk on everything, and I have a lot extra, so I’m gonna try it for a week or so under my eye and see how it goes,” she said in the video. Right after application, Williams noted that it “already felt better” and that she would let viewers know how it went over the next week

In the caption, Williams wrote, “OK is this totally weird??? I have to say after a week of using MY breast milk under my eye — it worked! I’m dying to hear your thoughts.” Parents and fans rushed to share their thoughts and experiences in the comments.

“Yes ma’am. 40 years ago I used it as a facial when bathing. Miracle milk,” one fan wrote in the comments. “I gave a friend some of my breast milk to make bar soap for me to use on my son’s eczema. Was a wild concept to get my head around, but it worked,” shared another mom. Others lauded other therapies like castor oil for helping with burns and dark circles.

Serena Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their second daughter, Adira River Ohanian, on August 22. Since then, the mom of two has opened up about all the raw moments of motherhood, from breastfeeding to building back up her strength post-delivery. Learn more about her decision to evolve away from tennis and grow her family here.

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