World Milksharing Week runs from September 24 - 31, 2014. Snugabell is committed to spreading awareness about the importance of milksharing when a mother's own milk is not available. We've asked a few bloggers to tell their story of how giving or receiving breastmilk affected their breastfeeding journeys.
Have you donated or received donor breastmilk? What is your experience with milksharing?
Snugabell is celebrating World Milksharing Week by offering 15% off PumpEase hands-free pumping bras using code GIVEMILK on snugabell.com, amazon.com, and amazon.ca. We're also giving away a few goodies so make sure to enter below:
We are proud to announce the launch of a project that has been in our hearts and minds for quite some time. Join us as we "Pump Across America" and celebrate the beauty of breastfeeding with Pumpin' Mamas coast-to-coast!
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The United States Breastfeeding Committee issued the below updated press release today. Please donate milk via an HMBANA milk bank (and that includes our milk bank here in Vancouver, BC) and/or continue to donate funds to HELP HAITI! Here at Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear we are proud to donate $2.00 from every PumpEase sold to Doctors Without Borders until February 14th (which will then be matched dollar for dollar by the Canadian Government).
January 27, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Breastfeeding is the First Line of Defense in a Disaster
Washington, DC--The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant Association/United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA), and La Leche League International (LLLI) strongly affirm the importance of breastfeeding in emergency situations, and call on relief workers and health care providers serving victims of disasters to protect, promote, and support mothers to breastfeed their babies. During an emergency, breastfeeding mothers provide their infants with safe food and water and disease protection that maximize their chances of survival.
This week, the International Milk Bank Project and Quick International Courier coordinated a shipment of milk from the HMBANA member banks to supplement a mother's own milk for the premature, medically fragile, and orphaned infants aboard the U.S. Navy ship Comfort stationed off the coast of Haiti. This milk will help this small group of infants. In this highly unusual circumstance the infrastructure associated with the Comfort's resources allows U.S. sourced donor milk to help fragile Haitian babies.
Donor milk, however, is not a solution for the large number of infants and young children affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Members of the public who wish to promote the survival of mothers and babies in Haiti can donate money to the following organizations: UNICEF, Save the Children Alliance, World Vision, and Action Against Hunger. These organizations are using best practice to aid both breastfed and non-breastfed infants. Members of the public can be confident that donations to these organizations will support breastfeeding and help save the lives of babies.
Interventions to protect infants include supporting mothers to initiate and continue exclusive breastfeeding, relactation for mothers who have ceased breastfeeding, and finding wet nurses for motherless or separated babies. Every effort should be made to minimize the number of infants and young children who do not have access to breastfeeding. Artificially fed infants require intensive support from aid organizations including infant formula, clean water, soap, a stove, fuel, education, and medical support. This is not an easy endeavor. Formula feeding is extremely risky in emergency conditions and artificially fed infants are vulnerable to the biggest killers of children in emergencies: diarrhea and pneumonia.
As stated by UNICEF and WHO, no donations of infant formula or powdered milk should be sent to the Haiti emergency. Such donations are difficult to manage logistically, actively detract from the aid effort, and put infant's lives at risk. Distribution of infant formula should only occur in a strictly controlled manner. Stress does not prevent women from making milk for their babies, and breastfeeding women should not be given any infant formula or powdered milk.
There are ongoing needs in the U.S. for human milk for premature and other extremely ill infants because of the protection it provides from diseases and infections. If a mother is unable to provide her own milk to her premature or sick infant, donor human milk is often requested from a human milk bank. American mothers can help their compatriots who find themselves in need of breast milk for their sick baby by donating to a milk bank that is a member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.
USBC is an organization of organizations. Opinions expressed by USBC are not necessarily the position of all member organizations and opinions expressed by USBC member organization representatives are not necessarily the position of USBC.
United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)
The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit coalition of 41 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations. Representing over half a million concerned professionals and the families they serve, USBC and its member organizations share a common mission to improve the Nation's health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. For more information about USBC, visit www.usbreastfeeding.org.
Have you donated to the relief effort in Haiti? If so, tell us to which organization you donated and why you chose that particular one. If you have any other thoughts about what is happening in Haiti, please share.
Did you know in the 1970’s there were as many as 23 milk banks in Canada? In the 80’s however, fears of HIV transmissions led to the closure of all but the Vancouver bank, located at BC Women’s Hospital.
Breast milk banks - there are currently 10 in the United States as well - provide supplies to mothers who cannot produce enough milk or are not able to produce their own due to illness or being on medication. Banks are also used by parents of adopted and foster children.
Many Canadian communities are pleading for more milk banks to be opened, however few hospitals are willing to supply the required funding and resources and the government isn’t stepping up to the plate to help (surprise, surprise).
Here at Mike & Toni’s™, we are committed to raising awareness around the need for donations (both breast milk and monetary) through our website, blog J and promotional materials. And of course we will talk about it with everyone we meet!
We will also donate at least 1% of our profits to the BC Women’s Milk Bank to assist mothers and babies in need.
How can you help? If you are nursing and have an abundance of milk, please consider donating! If you are in the Greater Vancouver area, they will even come to pick it up. Then they pasteurize, test, freeze and ship it out to those in need. Of course, you can use your Mike & Toni’s™ hands-free pumping support while collecting the milk!
If you can’t help with a milk donation, you can help by donating monetarily. Currently the milk bank cannot pay for the inward shipping of donations outside of their cachement. A donation could help to change this!
For more information, you can visit the Human Milk Banking Association of North America at www.hmbana.org. Our very own Frances Jones, Coordinator of the Vancouver Bank, is the Chairperson of the Board. It is actually a pretty interesting read!
You can also find information about the Vancouver Bank here.
Thank you for your support (pun most definitely intended)!