Breast Milk Banking - radio show right now!

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Breast Milk Banking - radio show right now!

I should of put this up last night & appologize for not doing so - some of you may find this interesting so I wanted to share Smile I help admin the HM4HB Utah page on FB & have been following a lot of the radio shows/news articles that have been talking about milk sharing.
Emma Kwasnica from HM4HB's will be on the show this morning.

A short article about the show - Breast Milk Banking

Click the "Listen Live" link here - http://www.opb.org/thinkoutloud/ - the show is starting right now.

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Well their site shut down for some reason & I wasn't able to get in, so I'm guessing no one else was either unless you live in Oregon. Such a bummer.

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That's kind of weird to me. I know that for thousands of years ladies used nurse maids, but I think it would freak me out a little bit the thought of someone other than myself giving their BM to my baby... IMHO.

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To each their own Smile I'm grateful that it's there for those who use it - there are many who have greatly benefited from milk sharing. Many people drink animal milk, eat animal flesh & wash their bodies/hair/brush their teeth with all sorts of "strange" things, but we are so separated from what we really use on a daily basis that it's no longer gross/strange/weird to us. It's all about perspective really.

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You know, I was not sure about milk sharing when I first heard about it, but I have gained a new understanding the more I've read about it. If you consider that breastmilk should be the standard for feeding babies, formula is substandard. There are health risks to feeding formula--it fails to support correct immune function, contributes to obesity, ect. Also, it is a health issue when formula is not used properly--there are safety concerns with mixing it too thick or too thin, with not having the right temperature, with not storing mixed bottles properly, or with not having clean, safe water to mix with the formula. Plus, manufacturing is not perfect, and formula can be contaminated. When I consider all of this, another woman's milk starts to not sound so bad...

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

You know, I was not sure about milk sharing when I first heard about it, but I have gained a new understanding the more I've read about it. If you consider that breastmilk should be the standard for feeding babies, formula is substandard. There are health risks to feeding formula--it fails to support correct immune function, contributes to obesity, ect. Also, it is a health issue when formula is not used properly--there are safety concerns with mixing it too thick or too thin, with not having the right temperature, with not storing mixed bottles properly, or with not having clean, safe water to mix with the formula. Plus, manufacturing is not perfect, and formula can be contaminated. When I consider all of this, another woman's milk starts to not sound so bad...

Right! Exactly Smile Another example. There is a mom right now benefiting from the HM4HB's network. She has breast cancer & is breastfeeding. She will be going for surgery this Friday to have her left breast removed & is looking at possibly having her right breast removed as well - as if that's not heartbreaking enough she will never be able to wean her baby when they are ready (something I think many of us take advantage of) & the breastfeeding relationship is having to stop quite abruptly. If she ends up having a doule masectomy she will never nurse again. Knowing that she has a whole group of women rallying around her AND donating their milk to her little one has been very comforting to her. I've not had the time to catch up on the entire blog but for those interested here is the link http://breastfeedingwithcancer.blogspot.com/

ETA: Okay I skimmed through & she will be having a double masectomy Sad Sooo heartbreaking.

Found out that the lump in the other side is cancer as well. I know this means both breasts come off. I know this means my baby boys will never be able to wean when they are ready. i know this means that I only have one more week of breastfeeding - ever. I know this means I will probably never have more babies. I know this means Bastian will cry - something we don't do. And I sit on the side of the road in the car with my husband holding me and my 3 children asleep, and I cry and sob as my heart breaks. This is the first time I have cried about the whole cancer thing. It's not fair, my babies have the right to be breastfed.

Posted June 17th here http://breastfeedingwithcancer.blogspot.com/2011/06/pretty-much-worst-day-of-my-life.html

And one more story while I'm here Wink today on my own states HM4HB's FB page, a woman has recently adopted a baby who is *not* handling formula well at all. He is also recovering from a drug addiction and has had 2 siblings die of SIDS. Can we say stressful!? When she was offered breastmilk from her neighbor the relief was huge for her - the lady who was sharing on our page said she was near tears when she had offered to pump milk for her.

I love hearing stories like this - women helping women, helping babies. It's wonderful!