Human Milk is for Human Babies!
This shouldn't be controversial to say, but here we are: human breastmilk is the optimal way of feeding an infant. It is the most nutritionally balanced, immune boosting, adaptogenic substance available for our littlest family members, and that's a fact.
However, there are a million and one reasons a mother may choose to a different route, and YES, we absolutely believe those are valid. Emotional or physical hardship, work and schedule demands, limited access to resources and information regarding breastfeeding, and sometimes, a simple desire to utilize a bottle over the breast. How you nourish your baby is a very personal choice, and we respect them all. After all, moms are just out here, trying their best!
But what if you really, really want your baby to receive breastmilk but simply find yourself unable to make your own...are there other options?
You can always use formula, and there are some great options out there these days! You can even make your own version of formula, but it's vital that you use the very best ingredients.
You can also connect with a local source of human milk through a hospital program, an organization, or even Facebook groups!
Some things to consider when looking to use donor milk:
Does the donor mind sharing private information regarding diet, any substance use, lifestyle choices, etc? Many things are capable of being passed through through breastmilk, including alcohol and medications, and that is something to consider!
How far away is the donor and what would transportation entail?
Is there payment required, for the milk itself or supplies (storage bags, pump parts, etc)?
Were proper collection and storage guidelines followed?
Here are some links to get you started in your search:
We also recommend looking into more local/state based facebook groups, where you can often find mothers who are looking to network with moms in need.
If you are local to the Richmond/Greater Richmond areas, reach out to us and let us know. We would be happy to try and connect you with local sources for milk!