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Alicia Silverstone Launches Vegan Milk Bank

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Alicia Silverstone, actress and mom to 2-year-old son Bear Blu, has been an outspoken advocate on certain topics about motherhood—pre-chewing her baby's food being one of them.

Now the Clueless star has launched a vegan breast-milk sharing program via her blog, The Kind Life, for women who are unable to breast-feed. The goal is to connect vegan moms who would like to give their babies breast milk from other moms who don't consume animal products.

The inspiration for the project, according to ABC News, was Silverstone's friend Rachel Holtzman, whose pre-pregnancy breast-reduction surgery made it difficult for her to make milk for her baby. Holtzman then reached out to Silverstone, who posted about it on her site.

"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," Silverstone writes on her blog. "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."

And though the donations have been generous, some critics question whether moms should be giving their children milk that hasn't been properly screened for viruses such as HIV and hepatitis.

"Instead of having to ask personal questions, going to a place like The Kind Life took that out of the equation," Holtzman told ABC News. "And we could make the safe assumption that the person on the donating end valued those things as much as we did."

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