Breast milk depots provide a safe option for mothers to give, receive

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  • ambistoes Vernal, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    In response to Brother Benjamin: This article is part of a CRUCIAL movement to raise awareness about the benefits of human milk for babies. Many mothers who struggle with breastfeeding are unaware of their options of accessible human milk. Demisana is right that only in the forties and fifties did breastfeeding become taboo (not just feeding in public, but the practice in general!). I'm not sure what is NOT discreet about women providing milk for babies through the pumping process and storage bags that will be transferred into bottles to feed the babies in need. Women should not be shamed for obtaining human milk from other mothers and the community being made aware of this! Women's ability to produce milk for babies is a basic human need to start life out the healthiest and most correct way. I pumped gallons of milk for another baby because he was allergic to formula and I am proud of it! For a year, it was a sacrifice of time and energy for me, but he was a much healthier baby because of it. Why shouldn't Deseret News spread the word about this process?

  • Demisana South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    Oh for heaven's sake. It's in the news because it's important. Chemically modified cow's milk (formula) is not what human babies were designed to eat. And breastfeeding isn't something that women should be forced to do in private. A hundred years ago (and going back for all of history before then), women fed their babies when they needed to eat, and if that meant in public, they did so. Breastfeeding didn't go into the closet until idiotic men decided that cows milk could be healthier than human milk back in the forties and fifties, and people were dumb enough to buy it.

    Yes, formula can be a legitimate option, for women who can't breastfeed and for babies who were born healthy. But if more women were aware of this option, and donated milk if they could, and signed up for it if they needed it, it would be better for a lot of babies.

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    Aug. 21, 2013 4:04 a.m.

    I'm not sure I understand why this has to be something that we write about in the news. I tried to read the article, but it just seems to be a nice text about donations and mothers who breast feed.

    Shouldn't this be more discrete and private? Why do we have to plaster this all out in the open?

    We don't usually see mothers openly nursing their babies in public like they are in their bathroom. They take the consideration to do it in a private place or cover themselves so it is discrete.

    Why is it that we feel when we write about it that we can just speak so freely like there is nothing to be worried about?