Breast Milk Offer: Would You Feed Your Baby Someone Else's Milk?

breast milk frozen in bagsI belong to a local twins group and it's helpful for ideas on how other twin parents make things work and there are lots of free and inexpensive hand-me-downs to be had. The other day, one mom offered up her breast milk.

"A very good friend of mine has ended up pumping so much milk that it's too much for her. She'd love it to go to good use though. It's currently frozen in small plastic containers that are easily defrostable one at a time. It'll stay good for the next six months but after that will need to be tossed. Apparently because she's European breast milk donation agencies didn't want to take it because of hand, foot, and mouth disease."

I was okay with this offer until the last sentence.


I don't think I could ever feed my children someone else's breast milk, especially someone I don't know, based on their word alone that they are healthy.

Just like I wouldn't want a stranger to put their finger in my baby's mouth even if they told me it was clean.

Maybe I have trust issues?

Though I think it's a fantastic thing ... provided the woman is healthy.

I know Salma Hayek breastfed babies in Sierra Leone. And I certainly would breastfeed another baby if I had extra milk and the baby needed it. But extra breast milk doesn't exist when you have twins ... at least it doesn't for me. And I'm not even sure if I would let Salma breastfeed my twins without some sort of doctor's clearance.

No one responded to the breast milk offer. At least not publicly.

Would you let your baby drink another woman's breast milk?


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