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Alicia Silverstone Starts Breast Milk Sharing Site

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Everett Collection / Rex USA (1104431g)
Alicia Silverstone
'Butter' film premiere, New York, America - 27 Sep 2012
Photograph by Everett Collection / Rex USA

Alicia Silverstone isn’t only known for playing a clothes-obsessed Valley Girl named Cher in the movie Clueless. She’s also well known for her vegan lifestyle and extreme parenting habits. For instance, last year she posted a video on her website, The Kind Life, where she transferred chewed up food from her mouth into her son’s, like a mama bird. And now, she’s helping moms get involved in another controversial practice: breast milk sharing.

Called Kind Mama Milk Share, the program helps vegan mothers who can’t produce enough milk for their infants find other vegan moms who have excess milk to spare, and are willing to share. She started the site after a friend of hers couldn’t nurse due to a breast reduction surgery. As Silverstone says on her site: “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.”

The upshot? “If you have milk to share—post it here! If you are in need of milk—post it here!” Silverstone continues. “Think of all the babies we can help raise together!”

Her site has received a slew of offers, and takers. For instance: “My 6 week old daughter is breastfeeding wonderfully and I cherish the nutrition I can give her and the bond we have already. I couldn’t imagine not having that; and providing that to another family is something I would love to do. I am a healthy, active, pesco vegetarian, and consume as whole food diet as possible. We have a happy, low stress home; and live in Chicago. Let me know if there is something we could arrange...” And she already has a reply from a mom in need nearby.

Milk-sharing sites are not a new thing, but have raised safety concerns from the FDA. Nonetheless, it sounds like Silverstone has again struck a cord with an idea that’s catching on, for better or for worse.

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