ABA's position regarding Donor Milk: Please Read!

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ABA's position regarding Donor Milk: Please Read!

Post by Andrew's Mum » Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:48 pm

The Australian Breastfeeding Association is committed to supporting women to breastfeed their babies, and to provide information and support to enable this. With the right information and support, almost all mothers can produce enough breast milk for their babies. If you would like information on increasing your supply, please contact an Australian Breastfeeding Association counsellor:

• on 1800 MUM 2 MUM (1800 686 2 686 drop the last 6 if using VOIP or similar phone technology)
• by email at http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/product ... .asp#email

In rare cases where mothers do not have enough breast milk to nourish their babies, or where breastfeeding is not possible, the Association supports women making informed choices about the available alternatives, including donor milk. There are risks involved in using privately-sourced donor milk, and the Association strongly encourages mothers to ensure that they are well informed of the potential risks and the methods available for minimising them, and to make decisions based on their own individual circumstances.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association provides the following links to other resources as a service to the community, and to assist parents to make an informed decision. The Association does not necessarily endorse the information available from these resources and makes no representations as to their accuracy.

http://www.eatsonfeets.org
http://www.hm4hb.net

In some circumstances, breastmilk may be sourced from the following milk banks:

http://www.mothersmilkbank.com.au
http://www.kemh.health.wa.gov.au/servic ... /index.htm
http://www.mercyhealthbreastmilkbank.com.au

The Australian Breastfeeding Association does not directly facilitate private milk sharing by making its resources available to link private donors and recipients.

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Post by Feather » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:12 pm

Thank you!! =D>
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Post by snowie » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:27 pm

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Post by Elizabby » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:02 pm

Was surprised to see that "Eats on Feets" have changed their name to "Human Milk for Human Babies". It is a better description of what they do, but I didn't realize it. Anyway, I've signed up! Human milk *is* for human babies! Go them!

This is the current Victorian link:
https://www.facebook.com/hm4hbvictoria

(I was terribly disappointed to realize that the milk bank in Victoria isn't taking donations from outside, and that the donors must have babies under 6 months themselves. This strikes me as being very restrictive, but I hear they have funding problems...)
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Post by Claire » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:14 pm

Elizabby wrote:(I was terribly disappointed to realize that the milk bank in Victoria isn't taking donations from outside, and that the donors must have babies under 6 months themselves. This strikes me as being very restrictive, but I hear they have funding problems...)
They have had a huge number of restrictions placed on them to get up and running - you know the bureaucratic red tape kind, so they have had to accept things just so they can open the doors. You should hear some of the stupid restrictions! There will be a review, but whether they get any changes through remains to be seen. And I dont think funding is a huge issue ATM - they have the equipment, the staff, etc, but they have only been open two weeks, so its early days.
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