The recent earthquake in Haiti is providing vivid reminders that babies are particularly vulnerable when disasters strike. Well-meaning organizations sometimes send formula to feed babies — not realizing that artificial feeding can be very dangerous for babies when there is not clean water or refrigeration. If you’re wondering where you can send your aid dollars and know that they will be used appropriately to maintain breastfeeding for babies at disaster areas, you can check out the Emergency Nutrition Network.
While there really isn’t a practical safe way to send donated mothers’ milk to disaster areas like Haiti, it is always helpful to donate milk to milk banks in the USA. There are always babies that need the milk. For more information about donating your milk in Wisconsin, visit the Mothers Milk Association of Wisconsin website.