I’ve been able to donate my breast milk through both a milk bank and by just giving milk to my sister. It’s not an incredibly mainstream idea. There are still women out there who think breastfeeding is weird or somehow sexual haha
One acquaintance laughed at my desire to breastfeed when I was pregnant with my first child and said, “I tried that. But it made me feel like a cow.”
I guess some women feel that way, and that’s their prerogative, but one of the defining characters of motherhood in nature is that mammals produce milk for their young. Not just cows. Humans use cow milk because they are large and can mass produce the drink easily. Hamsters produce milk too, it would just take forever to get a single glass of hamster milk for a person to drink, and in all honesty hamster milk is for hamsters and cow’s milk is for cows.
People on the other hand, are designed to gain nutrients from human milk. Most often their own mother’s milk, when they’re young. I don’t even know why I’m rambling on about this. It’s so simple.
But not all mom’s can produce milk, and formula doesn’t offer all the nutrients or antibodies as breast milk. A friend of mine once balked at the idea of donating her milk, she said, “MY milk is for MY babies.” And that it is. She has the right to exclusively keep her breast milk for her little ones, but I’d rather share the wealth.
Read on if you want to learn about how I donated breast milk, or where to obtain it if you’re in need (or know someone who is): https://www.eviemagazine.com/post/donating-breast-milk-is-a-priceless-gift