Take your milk all the way to the bank! A study in this week's journal of Pediatrics found that close to 900 babies' lives would be saved each year if 90 percent of American women nursed their newborns for the first six months. For new mamas who want to give their tots all of the benefits of breast milk, but who cannot do so themselves, breast milk banks can provide the liquid gold at a price.
There are currently 10 breast milk banks throughout North America (with three more forming in Kansas, Massachusetts, and Oregon), and the amount of donations they receive is rapidly growing. According to the director of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, about 2,000 women donated pumped milk in 2008, but even more may have been given through direct arrangements. Though 63 percent of LilSugar readers said they wouldn't buy breast milk online, many said they would be willing to give their wee one milk from a donor.
If you were capable of producing extra breast milk, would you donate it to a bank?