What are your thoughts on sharing breast milk to help out another Mom?

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C. - posted on 01/10/2010

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I wouldn't, personally.. There may be some food allergies in your friend's family that you are unaware of and if you consume those foods it can harm the baby. I personally don't see why she can't just supplement with formula if she isn't producing enough milk. Plus, the antibodies would be specially made for YOUR baby and not hers. Every time you kiss your baby, your lips pick up on what antibodies your baby needs and it produces those antibodies in your milk. That baby could need something completely unique to her family's medical history that you are unaware of.. So in essence, you giving your breastmilk to a friend may not actually do any good.

Jessica - posted on 01/10/2010

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breastfeeding creates a close personal relationship between mother and child. the mother's body learns how much her baby needs and knows just what nutrients to formulate to keep her baby growing properly. every baby is different so one woman's breast milk might not be exactly what another woman's baby needs. if you are going to share, however, i'd recommend pumping, not feeding the baby straight from the breast. as mentioned before, breastfeeding is a key factor that develops the mother-child relationship.

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Barb - posted on 04/11/2012

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I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that with my baby even if I knew the person closely. I think that'd make me feel awful if I couldn't breast feed and a friend took other feeding my baby and bonding with my baby. I don't think I could do it. I think I would supplement and keep breast feeding if I did have enough milk which probably won't be a problem, cause I had too much milk last time.

Sharon - posted on 01/10/2010

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I am not comfortable with feeding my children milk from someone else (lol because I'm ok with giving them milk from an animal...) but if you two are ok with it, go for it.

Erin - posted on 01/10/2010

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I would not feel comfortable having my child take breastmilk from another mother, but if I had any extra to give to another mother for her to use then I am fine with that. But I see nothing wrong with other mother's doing it.

Tiffany - posted on 01/10/2010

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I think it's a wonderful thing as long as you're both comfortable with it. It's only within the last 75 years or so that this type of thing wasn't common. It was very common to have a wet nurse if you were unable or unwilling to nurse your baby yourself. It wasn't really until the WWI that formula came about and WWII, when a large population of women went into the work force, that formula became a very popular choice.

Christine - posted on 01/09/2010

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I think breastmilk is so awesome. Its the best gift anyone could ever give a precious baby. I'm going to continue to breastfeed even after my son doesnt. Im going to donate my milk to a milk bank. Not only is it amazing for babies, you burn 500 calories a day doing it!.. i strongly reccomend it!!

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2010

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I think it's a wonderful idea. Personally I have just enough milk to feed my daughter but if I had extra I would definately share it. I hate that we don't have a milk bank here because it would be very useful, especially since my sister is having issues producing milk for her baby. As long as the person sharing the milk doesn't have any health or lifestyle issues that could be damaging to an infant there's no reason (other than not wanting to) not to share milk with another mom.

Johnny - posted on 01/09/2010

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When my daughter was first born, I struggled with extremely low milk supply and she required supplementation. We were so fortunate to be able to access donated milk for her first month, and I am forever thankful to the wonderful mothers who donated their milk. Especially since I have now spent a great deal of time attached to a breast pump and I am aware of how unpleasant it can be. Once she was older, we were no longer eligible for the donated milk, and sadly we had to put her on formula. I wish that more mothers would be able to donate their excess supply to milk banks, so that every child that needed it could have access. I think donating milk to another mother is a fantastic gift, and if I had sufficient supply, I would love to be able to give back.

Here's a link with all sorts of info on breast milk donation:

http://www.hmbana.org/

Eva - posted on 01/09/2010

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I HAVE 2 CHILDREN AND I HAVE BREASTFEED THEM BOTH. I THINK IT'S A WONDERFUL SENSATION AND A REALLY STRONG BOND BETWEEN YOU AND YOU BABY THAT NOT A LOT OF MOMS GET TO ENJOY, SOME BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AND SOME JUST BECAUSE THEY JUST DON;T WANT TO. ON BOTH OF MY PREGNACIES I HAD PLENTY OF MILK, THAT I HAD TO THROW AWAY A LOT OF MILK AND THAT REALLY WAS A WASTE BECAUSE OTHER CHILDREN COULD HAVE HAD THE BENEFITS OF IT. I ASKED ON THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF MY TOWN THAT IF IT WAS ANY KIND OF ORGANIZATION THAT COLLECTS THE MILK TO GIVE IT TO OTHER CHILDREN, BUT UNFURTUNATE THERE WASN'T ANY. SO, I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL SHARING IT. I DON'T SEE ANYTHING WRONG, IT'S WONDERFUL. HOPE THIS HELPS

Mariah - posted on 01/09/2010

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I personally would not feel comfortable with sharing my milk with anyone else's child nor allow my baby girl to have anyone else's milk. If I can't provide it for her there is a reason why.

Andrea - posted on 01/09/2010

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I would only do it if i knew that it was from a healthy person.. I know where i am from they have milk bank and i plan on giving whatever my daughter will not use to them so i can help some one who is having problems breastfeeding.. I would have done it for my little 3lb 8oz baby girl born with gastroschisis if i would not have been abel to nures her myself.. Only for the fact it is much easier for her to handle..

Jodi - posted on 01/09/2010

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In what context? Do you mean you have a friend who is struggling to breastfeed, and you have more than enough and would like to help? I think that would be very generous. I would have no problems with it, but then, I never had enough milk that I could have even given such an idea consideration :)

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