While all babies benefit from drinking breast milk, there are some who, due to medical conditions, need it. In the case that mom's milk is not available, perhaps because of production problems or because mom herself is unavailable, a baby may be given donor milk.
There are "milk banks" all over the country. They store donated breast milk and provide it to needy infants. If you have more milk than you need, or if your baby needs more than you have, you might consider contacting a milk bank (or a hospital) to find out about giving or receiving breast milk. Here are a few places to start:
For more information on breast-feeding, motherhood and related topics look over the links below.
- Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding. Kids Health. (Feb. 7, 2011)http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/breast_bottle_feeding.html
- Breastfeeding Problems Overview. Up To Date. (Feb. 7, 2011)http://www.uptodate.com/contents/patient-information-common-breastfeeding-problems#H21
- "Good for Moms, Too." La Leche League International. (Feb. 7, 2011)http://www.llli.org/NB/NBMarApr09p46.html
- Human Milk Banking Association of America (Feb. 7, 2011)http://www.hmbana.org/
- Insufficient Glandular Tissue. (Feb. 7, 2011)http://www.noteveryonecanbreastfeed.com/
- National Milk Bank. (Feb. 7, 2011)http://www.nationalmilkbank.org/
- Pitman, Teresa. "Ouch! When Breastfeeding Hurts." Today's Parent. (Feb. 7, 2011)http://www.todaysparent.com/pregnancybirth/breastfeeding/article.jsp?content=20051220_134816_1328&page=1
- Rusch, Elizabeth. "Breastfeeding: Secrets of Success." Fit Pregnancy. (Feb. 7, 2011)http://www.fitpregnancy.com/yournewlife/breastfeeding/40729797.html
- "What is colustrum? How does it benefit my baby?" La Leche League International. (Feb. 7, 2011)http://www.llli.org/FAQ/colostrum.html
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