It has been well established that breastfeeding has wonderful benefits to both mothers and their babies. In fact, the World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding to 6 months of age then continued to two years of age or beyond, coupled with appropriate foods.
Unfortunately, some mothers are unable to breastfeed their babies due to medical reasons. Furthermore, even if they want to just feed their little ones, especially premature babies, via a cup or spoon, breastmilk is very expensive. I heard from a friend that it can cost P100 per ounce. Another case is when mothers pass away leaving their babies without nourishment.
In these situations, milk donations or milksharing can supply the much needed nourishment. It should be noted, though, that donor milk should be screened as much as possible, to ensure that it is safe and clean for the babies who will receive it.
I have been breastfeeding for more than a year now. Early in my journey, I was able to share some milk to mommy friends who needed it. It has been a rewarding experience for me because I was able to help someone in need even if I’m “just a stay at home mom.” I felt happy sharing my milk.
If you’re a breastfeeding mom, or a mom who believes in the importance of breastfeeding, you will probably also consider milksharing or donating one’s breastmilk to be a noble endeavor. Here in the Philippines, human milk banks are actually always in need of breastmilk donations, so it is good to be aware of efforts to collect human milk – like the upcoming “Mommy Milkshare” event organized by The Parenting Emporium and Honeysuckle Philippines (which is actually on its second run; the first run was held in September last year.)
On August 13, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium (No. 29, 1st Street, New Manila, QC), breastfeeding mothers are invited to donate their excess breastmilk for the benefit of Fabella Human Milk Bank. Donors can choose to bring frozen breastmilk (must be expressed between June to August 2016) or express milk onsite.
In gratitude to the generous milk donors, VPharma’s Mega Malunggay, Mommy Treats, and Honeysuckle – brands that support milksharing – will be giving discounts on select items. Mommy Milkshare participants will also receive loot bags as a “bonus” for their kindness, which is why they are also asked to register for the event via 0917-8110821.
So, if you are a breastfeeding mom who wants to share her “milky blessings,” head on over to The Parenting Emporium this Saturday! Your efforts and kindness will help many babies who are supported by Fabella Human Milk Bank.
Note: If you want to donate breastmilk but can’t come to Mommy Milkshare, you may contact Nurse Katrina of The Parenting Emporium at 7253723 or 7386272, and ask how to donate to the TPE Milksharing Hub.