Some health recommendations are saying that 'freshly' pumped breast milk should be made available for mothers. Alright, I'm one for fresh milk and baby's health but isn't milk from 'mother' better than from a unknown 'nanny' or two? I know it's been done in the past and those milk sources were from 'one' source. Would you use such a service?
I would not feel comfortable using another person's milk. Who knows what that person is eating/drinking, what medications they may be on. I just don't think it would be safe. If I couldn't produce my own milk, I would use formula before I used another person's whom I didn't even know.
The FDA agrees with you
http://www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/Spec … 235203.htm
I'm feeling strange about it too maybe it's because it never happened before but seems to be making it's way for future use.
http://www.besthealthmag.ca/get-healthy … -milk-bank
I belong to a group on facebook of mothers who share breastmilk with mothers who are either unable to breastfeed, don't make enough milk, or have a child with a feeding tube. All mothers are tested by doctors prior to sharing. I did this for quite a while with a mother who had been diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant yet she had a special needs baby who needed the added benefits of breastmilk. Another woman's breastmilk is a better option than formula so long as you know who you are dealing with. It is a wonderful thing. Breastmilk serves so many purposes and heals so many things.
I worked at a women's health center, and dealt with women who were breastfeeding and giving their extra breast milk to the local hospital for premmies. The whole thing was very tightly regulated, but I saw little need for that. The women involved were all very health conscious and very aware that their diet and lifestyle affected the healthiness of their breast milk. They were also very aware that they were giving their milk not only to their healthy babies, but to very fragile premmies, and they were proud of their ability to help a fragile baby get as good a start in life as possible. These women came from several very different economic levels and community groups, but they were all focused on this one thing - providing very healthy breast milk to infants. They were in a group for mothers with infants, and they talked about that topic in meetings as much as they did anything else.
As for another woman's milk being less healthy than formula, there's just no comparison. A baby needs a mother's breastmilk for much more than nutrition. The baby needs antibodies, enzymes and bacteria for digestion, and all of these are given to it in breast feeding. Formula is a very poor second.
If Nestle and a bunch of other companies weren't making a huge profit on formula and hadn't done a tremendous amount of marketing to make it acceptable and normal, formula would be considered a last resort for babies - a very low choice behind finding a wet nurse.
It seems obvious to me that this service would be for mothers who are unable to produce enough milk (e.g. had a mastectomy due to cancer) or whose milk is unsuitable, for example because of medication they need to take.
Breast is best but it has got to the point where mothers who have lost that ability through no fault of their own are being harassed and shamed by people who don't stop to think that maybe they don't know everything about everyone.
While this may be true on forums I think it is the opposite in real life. Breastfeeding mothers are made to feel bad for trying to feed there child unless they are locked away in a room in their house or a bathroom in public. Breastfeeding mothers are more willing to try to help mothers who say they can't bf. The majority of women who say they couldn't breastfeed really could have with the right support, so naturally women who have a lot of experience try to spread that info to mothers claiming they couldn't. In real life I have never known of a mother who tried to shame a non breastfeeding mother. For the most part that is simply something that exists in forums.
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