Alicia Silverstone Launches Breast Milk Sharing Program for Vegan Moms
Alicia Silverstone is continuing to raise some eyebrows in the parenting world.
The actress just announced the launch of a “breast milk sharing program”, called the Kind Mama Milk Share. It is specifically targeting vegan news moms who for various reasons cannot produce enough milk on their own. She explains in a blog post that she was inspired by a friend, who had breast-reduction surgery and was not able to make enough milk for her newborn son.
"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. She'd tried to do everything so that this baby would have the healthiest, happiest start in life -- she nourished herself during pregnancy with clean, kind foods; had a beautiful home birth; and planned to breastfeed from now until her son could say, 'No thanks,'" Silverstone wrote. "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 continued, "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."
"A lot of women unfortunately have a similar struggle, and there's no reason why they shouldn't be able to give their babies the most amazing start in life with clean, mean, glorious breast milk. And because we are a community of beautiful souls who recognize the importance of food as health, I say we help support those mamas and babies who need a hand during one of the most important times in their lives."
Here’s the thing – I get where she’s going with this and I do applaud her for trying to help others. God knows, breastfeeding can be unbelievably stressful, especially when it doesn’t come easily to you. But is this safe and sanitary? I had an easy time nursing my two kids so I don’t know how I’d feel if I couldn’t produce milk, but I feel like I’d be nervous about the milk not being “screened”. I’m sure there are certain diseases that can be passed on from milk to baby and that’s the part that would make me uncomfortable. Also – and I’m setting myself up for attack here, but if you are that desperate for milk, should it make a huge difference if it is from a vegan or not? I’m a cheeseburger fan so it’s easy for me to say that it shouldn’t be a deciding factor.
About a year ago, Silverstone caused some serious buzz by uploading a video of herself feeding pre-chewed food to her son from her own mouth, a process called premastication.
The “Clueless” star later defended her actions in an interview with "Entertainment Tonight". "I can understand that it would make some people feel uncomfortable, possibly, because it's new to them, but I do want to let you know that this has been going on for thousands of years - still going on all over the place - and it's natural."
What do you think about Alicia Silverstone’s breast milk sharing program?