The options are breastfeeding or formula for babies aren’t they? Actually, no.
Imagine you have just given birth.
Your baby is looking to you for milk and despite all your planning of a successful breastfeeding relationship, your body simply can’t provide the supply to meet the demand.
For many mothers, the next choice is of course, formula. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with this decision. It is a perfectly good decision, and the perfect choice for many families. But, there is another option.
We are forever being told the benefits of breast milk for babies. A simple google search on the topic will lead you to countless arguments of why breast is best, I won’t list them here.
But does the milk that the breast comes from necessarily have to be yours?
Across the world, wet nurses have been employed to feed the children of another mother for millions of years. In so many cultures, feeding another woman’s child with your own breast milk was common place, and still is.
Today however, mothers who wish to feed their children breast milk, and are personally not able to, are seeking the donations of others.
How is this happening?
Well, in NSW, the sale of a human body part (of which breast milk is classified) is technically illegal. (Unlike in the U.S. where woman are able to sell their excess breastmilk.)
Therefore, mothers wishing to use breast milk and who cannot express it themselves, rely on the donations of other lactating mums.
While breast milk banks are present overseas, the option here in NSW is for mothers to make contact with each other in the cyber world and arrange a transfer of donated breast milk.
This is not without risk.