First of all, I love the fact that Alicia Silverstone is pretty much fearless when it comes to exposing her lifestyle choices and beliefs. I found it really odd that everyone made such a big deal when she posted the video of her feeding her son chewed up food from her mouth like a little bird.
What’s the big deal? I’m sure whatever she was eating, even chewed up, was far superior to whatever crap the haters feed their children. With that being said, let’s talk about her new breastmilk-sharing program she’s begun on her website.
I had a really hard time with breastfeeding, and wish I’d done it longer than I did. With my next child, I will certainly make more of an effort to make it work. I see nothing wrong with sharing breastmilk. I have gotten breastmilk from my dear friend Lindsay for Pearl’s ear infection when I could not produce any more myself.
I find it REALLY backwards that some people grimace at the thought of giving their child someone else’s breastmilk, but don’t bat an eyelash at feeding their tiny infant high fructose corn syrup, GMO, antibiotic raised milk formula off the shelf from their local Wal-Mart. I mean people let their babies drink milk from a cow (an animal) that they don’t know, have never seen, and don’t know how it’s been raised or how the milk ended up in the canister of formula they’re holding. These same people are appalled at the thought of their baby drinking milk from another HUMAN, who produces milk specially meant for human babies. Which sounds more weird, now?
The way I see it is if you’re healthy enough to produce breast milk, and you’re giving it to your own child, why wouldn’t I trust your breastmilk to be good enough for my own child? This whole notion that breastfeeding and breastmilk are something that should be kept a private, modest thing is complete bullshit. Up until about 30 years ago it was a REALLY common occurrence for a wet nurse to breastfeed your child straight from the boob. No pumping, no bottle, just straight up your kid on someone else’s nipple. Lots of cultures still practice joint breastfeeding with their sisters or other people in their community. It’s not taboo for your sister or sister-in-law who is lactating to nurse your baby while you’re ill, out for the day, etc.
I read somewhere that Alicia Silverstone’s program was only for vegan moms. After reading through, I never saw anything about that. I think it’s for all moms regardless of your diet, which is great, because most people aren’t vegan, and it would be sad to put those limits on the program. So, to you, Alicia, I say, “BRAVO!” Good for you, and I hope this program works out nicely and mothers are able to help each other!
If you are interested in buying/selling/donating breastmilk on Alicia’s site, visit it at The Kind Life
If you’re still determined to give your baby formula, Please consider making your own homemade formula from raw milk. Get my recipe here: Homemade Baby Formula