Alicia Silverstone launches vegan breast milk sharing program
Alicia Silverstone is looking to help out fellow vegan moms in need. After speaking with women who are having trouble producing breast milk and are looking for assistance for others living the same vegan lifestyle, she decided to launch a new service to help them.
"A couple weeks ago, another mama I know gave birth to a son. She e-mailed to let me know how things were going, and she was beside herself," Silverstone writes on her blog The Kind Life. "She'd tried to do everything so that this baby would have the healthiest, happiest start in life."
Silverstone continues, "But because of a breast reduction surgery, she found she wouldn't be able to make enough milk for him, no matter how much precious boobie time they spent together. She tried reaching out in her community for donor milk, but it was almost impossible to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices the donors had made. And after all that hard work keeping herself vibrant and healthy, she felt she had a right to demand better for her baby."
That's what Silverstone is doing with her new program Kind Mama Milk Share. The hope is that it will bring together mothers who have extra breast milk or are in need of breast milk in the same community. Of course, it doesn't sound like this will be official beyond Silverstone's site, so there likely won't be hospitals or breast milk banks involved.
The FDA doesn't approve of this type of milk share due to the untested nature of the breast milk, which could carry unwanted diseases. Still, this is a nice effort on Silverstone's part to try to help out struggling vegan mothers and bring together that community.