pregnancy, birth & lactation services… at home
The following is a letter I’ve just sent to Jean M. Drulis, the current president of HMBANA found here: http://www.hmbana.org/
My name is Angie Chelton. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor and a nursing mother. I have an idea about increasing donations to milk banks and I honestly am not sure who to approach with this idea. As the current President of HMBANA, I figured I should approach you first…
Is there a way that HMBANA could partner with the American Red Cross and collect frozen breast milk during local blood drives? As ARC already handles human tissue (blood) they already have all the mechanisms in place and the public recognition necessary to make local collection of breast milk possible. If HMBANA could ‘piggy back’ on every blood drive that occurs- and if mothers could be educated via a public health campaign that their milk could be collected at those sites during blood drives- I believe that donated milk amounts might rise exponentially.
As a CLC, I understand the concern medical practitioners and public health officials have with informal milk sharing. But mothers are desperate to have breast milk for their babies. If HMBANA could drastically increase the amount of milk available, there should be plenty for sick/premature babies. HMBANA could then make screened breastmilk available at a reasonable price to mothers who genuinely cannot breastfeed their healthy term infants.
I would like to understand- and possibly participate in- the systemic mechanisms that will increase the amount of safe breastmilk that is available to the public.
Thank you for your work- I look forward to hearing from you,