Breast Milk Sharing: Gross Or Great?
Got milk? Need milk? If you're a vegan with empty breasts, Alicia Silverstone wants to hook you up.
Alicia Silverstone wants to start a breast milk share for vegan moms who can't produce enough of their own for their babies.
In a post on her blog, The Kind Life, the vegan actress and mom of one wrote that she developed the idea after a friend was unable to breastfeed her own baby.
"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,'" she wrote.
"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."
The solution? Why not start her own breast milk bank!
"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!"
Response to Silverstone's plan has been generally positive, with lots of moms commenting on the original post that they would love to take part.
Tell us: Is Alicia Silverstone's breast milk sharing plan gross or a great idea?
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