Alicia Silverstone wants to give babies whose mothers are unable to breast feed the opportunity to have breast milk from vegan women in a new milk sharing scheme.
The vegan actress announced plans for the Kind Mama Milk Share, an initiative aimed at sharing breast milk between women who make the same healthy lifestyle choices.
The 36-year-old mother of one explained on her lifestyle website that the idea came after a friend of hers was unable to produce enough breast milk for her baby as a result of breast reduction surgery.
'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,' she wrote on her blog. 'And after all that hard work keeping herself vibrant and healthy, she felt she had a right to demand better for her baby.'
The system will enable vegan mothers to join and share their milk. 'Because we are a community of beautiful souls who recognise the importance of food as health,' she writes, 'I say we help support those mamas and babies who need a hand during one of the most important times in their lives.'
Whilst breast milk offers enormous health benefits to infants due to the antibodies it contains, public health officials have warned against the possibility of exposing babies to potential harm through such internet sharing schemes.
Whilst breast milk contains lots of good nutrients, it can also carry harmful bacteria and viruses, including H.I.V. Milk obtained from official milk donor banks will be properly screened and pasteurised, however internet sharing is riskier as you can never truly know what the milk contains.
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