This is a picture of me and my friend Kirsten. We met through our blogs a few years ago (maybe 09?), and we got to meet up when I visited San Diego last spring.
She is currently pregnant with a baby girl that is due in June, and also fighting breast cancer. You can visit her blog to read more. She is an amazing, strong woman. I'm so glad I can call her my friend.
Recently Kirsten shared with me about a grassroots organization called Eats on Feet. Eats on Feet is a way for lactating mothers to share their "extra" milk with moms and babies who are looking for breast milk. In Kirsten's case, she will not be able to nurse her little one, but she wanted to provide her baby with breast milk. She was able to find a donor through Eats on Feet, and has already started a stock pile in her freezer. When she told me about this, I immediately started looking for babies near me who could use my milk. I was blessed with more than enough milk in M's newborn days (honestly, it was way too much), so I ended up pumping a lot and freezing it. A lot of that milk was getting close to the 6 month mark, meaning it was going to go bad. I knew there was no way we'd be using it all, so I was able to go on the Eats on Feet facebook page for North Carolina and find a local mom who could feed it to her little guy. She came by Thursday and took home about 50 ounces of milk that would have just ended up going down our drain. Even neater, her baby boy shares a birthday with my M.
So why am I sharing this?
I am not sharing this to say that all breastfeeding moms should start pumping for someone in need. Not at all! But I hope that if there are other moms out there who are in my situation (a freezer full of milk that they weren't going to use), you can connect to another mother in your city who can use your milk to feed her little one. This isn't a post that is saying breast milk is better than formula. I say feed your baby in the way that's best for YOUR family! But there are cases where a mother wants to feed her baby breast milk, but she can't for whatever reason (adoption, the mother can't produce milk, the mother is going through chemo, etc!). In cases like that, I think it's awesome that there is this organization so that all moms have the option of using breast milk to feed their baby.
Hopefully this little PSA of mine will help at least one momma out there clean out her stock pile in her freezer!