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Alicia Silverstone launches a breast milk sharing program

Posted by Kristi Palma  July 2, 2013 01:18 PM

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Actress Alicia Silverstone attending the Instyle and Hollywood Foreign Press party at the Windsor Arms Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.

Actress and mom Alicia Silverstone has launched a breast milk sharing program called Kind Mama Milk Share. She was inspired to create the program when a friend who had breast reduction surgery was "beside herself" because she couldn't produce enough milk to feed her child, Silverstone wrote in her blog, "The Kind Life with Alicia Silverstone."

Silverstone added:

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.

She encourages parents to post if they need milk or want to donate milk. And post they are. Parents from as far as Israel have expressed interest.

The Daily News reports "While most experts agree it’s perfectly safe to feed a child another woman’s breast milk, that’s only true if the milk is clean. Breast milk, like any bodily fluid, can carry HIV and other viruses. While banks test donors for infection, online message boards like Silverstone’s, which the FDA warns against, don’t carry the same safety guarantee."

Silverstone has received criticism for her parenting choices in the past. Remember in 2012 when she announced that she pre-chewed her baby's food? Boston parents reacted strongly in our Moms forums. Read what they had to say about it.

New England families looking for breast milk can turn locally to the Mothers' Milk Bank of New England. Find out more about it in this Boston.com Moms Q&A with the director Naomi Bar-Yam.

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Naomi Bar-Yam, right, executive director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of New England in Newtonville, holds a refrigerator open as lab technician Kelly Fischl temporarily stores donated breast milk in flasks prior to pasteurization in 2012.

What do you think of Silverstone's milk sharing program? Sound off in the comments.

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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
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