Breast milk donors aid baby formula shortage
The Mothers’ Milk Alliance says there an increased interest in human milk sharing due to lack of formula supply.
VERONA, Wis. (WMTV) - As the baby formula shortage continues to impact parents in Wisconsin, one Dane County organization says there’s an increased community interest in human milk sharing.
Born in 2007, the Mothers’ Milk Alliance started when one mother with extra breast milk helped another mother who had low milk supply. Since then, it’s grown to provide free donor milk to dozens of families across the Madison area.
Johanna Hatch, a freezer hostess and former board member of the Mothers’ Milk Alliance, says there’s been a 13% increase in requests for donated breast milk in the last month.
“That is kind of around the time that we started hearing news about the the formula shortage, but we are also starting to hear from more donors,” said Hatch. “People who have maybe dropped off milk a couple months ago and are now like reaching out again to say like we want to help.”
As a mom, she says it’s tough to imagine the desperation some caregivers might be feeling.
“It is really difficult,” said Hatch. “I saw the empty shelves and kind of felt in my heart like this must be so terrifying for families that are just trying to feed their babies. Everyone should be able to have access to safe and reliable nutrition for their babies.”
She says its also brought to light community support solutions to nationwide supply shortage issues.
“So while I don’t think necessarily our organization is part of the national solution, I am hopeful that for families in Dane County, we can be part of that solution for them,” added Hatch.
If you are looking for breast milk, you can email the Mothers’ Milk Alliance at email@example.com or call 608-535-9886. If you are willing and able to donate milk, click HERE for the contact information.
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