Originally published March 12 2011
Facebook group helps mothers share breast milk
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Mothers who have a difficult time producing breast milk for their babies -- or those who produce more than they need and want to share it with other mothers -- can now make a connection through Facebook, thanks to the group "Eats On Feets." The group, which states that it is "a network of online regional chapters that facilitates access to human milk for babies and children," has 122 Facebook chapters representing locations around the world.
Eats On Feets allows mothers to connect directly, permitting them to establish personal relationships with one another and avoid the anonymity associated with conventional milk banks. Mothers are free to exchange needed medical records and other verifications as they personally choose, but ultimately the program gives mothers the freedom to connect with one another and share their life-giving milk so those in need will not have to rely on unhealthy, nutrient-lacking formulas.
"I think it's a valuable thing for people to have who maybe have no supply of their own," said Jocely Tremblay, a member of the Eats On Feets Massachusetts chapter, to CBS Boston. "I think a great thing about Facebook is that it's very fast and very direct," she added. Tremblay produces a surplus of breast milk that she currently shares with others.
Baby formulas, despite the glowing way in which they are often marketed, hardly match the rich nutritional profile of real breast milk. And many formulas are laden with genetically-modified (GM) ingredients like soy protein isolate, and typically contain excesses of refined sugars like corn syrup solids and other processed ingredients, all of which are harmful to developing babies (http://www.naturalnews.com/029863_Similac_in...).
Having the freedom to establish personal relationships with other mothers and freely exchange life-giving food is an example of what living in the "land of the free" is all about. Skeptics may argue that the practice is risky, but any mother that knows about the benefits of breast milk and is willing to pursue either obtaining or sharing it with others is most likely going to responsibly participate in the program. As it currently operates, the program represents a beautiful balance between individual liberty and personal responsibility, without the need for government intervention.
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