My mother always used to say (okay, she still does) that I am always trying to save the world. Now, my husband says it too. Oh, and my best friend and one time, a college professor. It takes me by surprise every time. It is hard to recognize when my emotions are not tied... to me. When I get upset because I hear a mother in a restaurant tell her 5 year old to "Shut up", when I cry because the TV show I am watching is dedicated to someone who died or when I lose sleep because the grasshopper on my sidewalk has a hurt leg. (Leg? Hmm...). It is not really me that I am sad for, it is them. I want to fix the grasshoppers leg, send a card to the TV grip that lost his step-aunt and give the mom at the restaurant a copy of Connection Parenting to read. Not just lend her my copy. No. GIVE her a copy, buy her a copy. This is my rant today because I am having a hard time balancing work and home. I LIKE to work. I like to scan posts on Facebook and SAVE women from their breastfeeding, co-sleeping, poopie diaper obstacles and set the world right again. I want to have all the answers for everyone. If you think about it, Cookies, Then Milk! Lactation Cookies, is just one more way to save the world! I want every woman to be able to breastfeed. I want her to enjoy it, treasure it and never struggle a single day with her supply. I have recently added Gluten Free, Organic and other mixes to my available options so that every mom can find help through my Lactation Cookies and other products. If there is a need that you have, please ask. As long as I spend time with my family and pay my bills, of course, sleep can wait. =) After all, saving the world is an awfully big job.
I am simply beside myself waiting for my new LOGO! Keep an eye out in the next few days for the new look!
It's funny to me that the topic of donated breast milk is really a black and white area. People either love it or are freaked out about it. I have yet to see anyone toe the line. So, tonight I have a few thoughts of my own about donor milk. Yes, in theory I can say: LOVE IT! I, myself, have donated my own milk to other moms. But... would I use it? And how?!
To be fair, this blog idea was planted in my mind from a Facebook Mom's Group mom who said: "Cow's milk is donor milk too". How right she is! We try to feed our babies and children (and families!) as healthy as we can. Sometimes we select organic over non-organic, name brands over generic, and often we choose soy or almond over cow milk. But why? Is it because we don't know the COW personally? No!
We have all (mostly) indulged in some milk or cheese or yogurt from time to time without wondering if the cow smoked or drank alcohol or had a balanced diet. We tend to think: if it is in this carton, it must have been packaged safely.
Well, that is how I feel about donor breast milk. If someone took the time to pump milk, label it, freeze it, go on a website and post it (for free!!!) 9 times out of 10, that gesture came from the heart. I could never think that drug addicts or people who eat cheetos for 3 meals a day, would be the same people to donate milk.
The first choice for baby should be breast milk. If it comes from another mom, yes, make sure the best you can that she is healthy and donating for the right reasons. After that, it is really up to you. Do you want the best milk you can get for your baby or will you let fear take that advantage from you?
Nikki and Robert live in Long Beach, California with their 3 lively children: Andrew, Lucy and Jayden. Having nursed and/or exclusively pumped for children for over 6 years, Nikki considers herself to be an expert on the topic. Having watched Nicole burn dozens and dozens of cookies in just 3 months, Robert has stepped in as Head Baker and yes, considers himself to be an expert as well. =)