Most people know the amazing miracle that breastfeeding and breastmilk is….
- It contains antibodies that defend your baby against infection
- Breastmilk can soothe diaper rashes, ear and eye infections and plugged eye ducts (common in newborns!)
- For every year a woman breastfeeds, her risk of invasive cancer is reduced by 6%
- Breastmilk changes to accommodate the needs of your baby
- Stem cells are passed from mother to baby in breast milk and help boost immunity.
But what options are available to people who can’t breastfeed? And not just biological mothers, but Intended Parents in surrogacy or adoptive parents? Thankfully, many are fortunate to have another miracle available to them: Milk Donors!
Sharing milk with a child that is not yours is far from a new concept. As an example, wet nursing is an ancient and common practice within many cultures, especially important prior to the creation of infant formula for babies in the 20th century, when infants would perish without. Current medical practice includes prescriptions for donated human milk, available from milk banks across Canada. Although this is a very valuable service, not everyone has access to these supplies, and for those that do, cost and demand are factors.
Many lactating people choose to donate their milk using local community groups and networking sites. Knowing how valuable every single drop is, they selflessly provide what they can for others, in an effort to provide the best care and nutrition for babies of parents who are unable to provide breast milk themselves.
Our very own managing director, Nathan Chan, who is a single-dad by choice, has travelled all over Alberta to collect donations for his daughter’s arrival later this month. Watch Nathan giving gratitude for all those who have donated for the health and well-being of his child.
And as Nathan so aptly put, “Truly, it takes a village to raise a child, and in this case, a village to feed a child.” If you have a surplus of milk and a generous heart, please don’t throw out your milk, and consider donating to a baby in need.
With gratitude for your liquid gold, thank you, Milk Donors, for all you do.
Are you ready to learn more about becoming a parent through surrogacy or egg donation?
Filling out an Intended Parent Interest Form is all it takes to get started.
Have you been considering carrying a child for someone who can't?
Complete a Surrogacy Interest Form and our team will walk you through the process of becoming a Gestational Surrogate.
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