Since the beginning of time, breast milk has been an extremely important aspect of a baby’s life. Studies have shown that breast milk does various things for a child and is a great benefit for them in the long run. However, sometimes producing milk or being able to give that milk to a baby is not always easy. Some women just can’t produce, simple as that. Others may be on medications that prevent them from sharing the milk, which could risk the health of the baby. Let’s just face it: sometimes mothers need a little help. And with something as serious as the topic of breastfeeding, women will take all the help they can get.
In case you haven’t read about it elsewhere, Alicia Silverstone has launched a program called The Kind Mama Milk Share, aiming to help mothers who can’t breastfeed, linking them with clean and natural milk. Also, if you didn’t know, she has been getting a lot of flack for starting this. Not only have average people gone against her, but doctors have even stepped in, reminding us that diseases and other dangerous things can be given to the baby this way.
Not saying they are wrong, because they have an extremely solid point. However, I highly doubt Alicia would just say, “Hey, anybody wanna donate some breast milk? We’ll take anything!” She is a celebrity; she should (hopefully) have enough sense to know that these people need to be checked out and the milk screened before it is shared with anyone else. I personally think it is a good idea; she’s just trying to help. Besides, if they don’t get it from her, they’ll just go somewhere else and get it, and Lord knows if their second option would be safe either.
Think about it: historically, this exact situation isn’t new. Enslaved African Americans were instructed to breastfeed not only their own babies, but the babies of their masters. Aristocratic women hired peasant women as wet nurses in the Middle Ages. Secondly, breast milk has started to become increasingly popular in the black market lately. Some women even meet on Facebook and share breast milk! Now you tell me, Alicia Silverstone is not the only woman to ever take a risk on something like this.
I’m not saying that her program will be 100% safe, as in anything, there will be some kinks. Nonetheless, her intentions are pure and all she wants to do is help mothers be the best they can be for their children. And if we are going to criticize her, we should criticize every other woman who has ever done the same thing, and trust me, there are many women who have done this.
What do you guys think?