Actress Alicia Silverstone is asking vegan mums to donate their breast milk to women who have trouble breastfeeding.
Concerned with the struggles women face when providing healthy breast milk for their newborns, the 35-year-old mother-of-one is encouraging mums to donate through her blogThe Kind Life.
Alicia, who has a two-year-old son named Bear Blu to rocker Christopher Jarecki, highlighted the need for vegan breast-milk sharing communities by telling the story of a struggling mum who discovered she was unable to produce breast milk due to breast reduction surgery.
“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,” Alicia said. “And after all that hard work keeping herself vibrant and healthy, she felt she had a right to demand better for her baby.”
“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.
“It's why I'm starting the Kind Mama Milk Share, a way for moms to connect with other moms in their area. 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!”
This isn’t the first time theCluelessstar has been vocal in alternative parenting practices. In 2012 practitioners slammed her for revealing that she re-feeds her son with pre-chewed food from her own mouth, a process called “premastication”.
Online milk donor communities are gaining momentum across the world, with Facebook pages like Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network. For more information about milk donors and associated risks, visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association
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