Earlier last week, the not so Clueless actress launched a new service on her blog to help moms in need of supplemental breast milk. According to Alicia, the program, called Kind Mama Milk Share, was inspired by a friend who – due to a breast reduction – was not able to make as much milk for her newborn son as he needed. This new mother, like Alicia, is a vegan, and she wanted to be able to still feed her baby breast milk, but vet the lifestyle choices of her milk donors.
Alicia writes about her friend, “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.”
Alicia has created a sort of virtual bulletin board on her blog instructing her readers, “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!”
When I was pregnant with my son I had anxiety about whether or not I would be able to nurse him once he was born. As I struggled with years of infertility before he was conceived, I was worried that my body would fail me when it came time time to breastfeed him. I told myself I would try to nurse my son and seek the help of lactation consultants if necessary, but if for whatever reason, my body was not able to produce milk I would be ready with alternative plans.
This included researching formula, and yes, looking into the world of breast milk donation and milk banks. I was vaguely familiar with milk banks because I had several friends who had great supply and made regular donations to their local banks. What I didn’t know was what the process was like for the recipient. Did a new mom fill out a form simply asking for milk? Or would there be choices as to what kind of milk? Would you be able to indicate a preference for milk from a mom who didn’t eat cilantro?
I know Alicia has been on the receiving end of some noisy criticism regarding some of her nontraditional parenting choices. When video of her pre-chewing food for her son Bear hit the Internet there was a frenzy of finger wagging.
I’m actually on team Alicia on this vegan milk bank idea. Her blog community is a passionate one about a healthy lifestyle, and they seem to seriously want to connect and help each other. To be honest, reading the comments on her Kind Mama Milk Share post, it kind of makes me love the Internet.
What do you think about celebrities creating online communities for programs like milk shares?
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