December 18, 2009, Newsletter Issue #144: Breast Milk Banks

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If you find yourself with breast milk to spare or the room in your heart to share, consider donating your breast milk. You may have chosen to wean your child but have not yet dried up your supply. There are sick, premature, and orphaned babies both in the United States and abroad that would greatly benefit from donated breast milk. Breast milk banks in the United States can be found at http://www.hmbana.org/index/locations. However, the International Breast Milk Project, http://www.breastmilkproject.org/, has also drawn a lot of positive attention promoting breast milk being sent to South Africa to help babies in need. There is not a significant cost to the donor except for your time and ensuring your health. Donors will be screened for communicable diseases, but healthy nursing mothers will not likely be turned away.  Your child's benefits can be extended to others in this way.

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