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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."
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 itís perfectly safe to feed a child another womanís breast milk, thatís 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 Silverstoneís, which the FDA warns against, donít 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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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.