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Posted In Infant, Moms - By KidsMug On Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 With 0 Comments

The Breast Milk Project

To all mothers everywhere: You have an opportunity to change the world.
The solution is right within your own freezer! When Jill Youse delivered her baby Stella, her milk came easily. In fact, too easily. Soon her freezer was overflowing with breast milk!

Donors provided over 66,500 bottles of breast milk to infants suffering from hunger, malnourishment… in South Africa.

Jill had an inspirational idea; she would donate her milk. Through a Google search, she discovered that an orphanage in Durban, South Africa was in need of milk for infants affected with HIV. Jill had no intention of starting a worldwide movement, but after the first shipment was sent, the International Breast Milk Project was born!

Here is how it works: Women donate their breast milk which is pasteurized, packed and sent to South Africa. The milk is used to feed children who have lost their mothers to HIV & AIDS.

The project had grown rapidly by the end of 2006. To accommodate the extraordinary growth, a partnership with Prolacta Bioscience, a life science company in Monrovia, was established. Prolacta processes and packages the donated breast milk to ensure its quality and safety. At the same time, the International Breast Milk Project gained the attention of Quick International Courier, who donated all of the distribution and shipping to Africa.

By the end of 2010, donors from across the U.S. provided over 66,500 bottles – that’s 267,682 ounces – of breast milk for infants suffering from hunger, malnourishment, poverty and other life-threatening illnesses in South Africa. In addition, the International Breast Milk Project has raised over $185,957 to help organizations in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa that improve the lives of infants and children in their communities through health care programs and milk bank development.

“Where it is not possible for the biological mother to breastfeed, the first alternative, when available, should be the use of human breast milk from other sources. Human milk banks should be made available in appropriate situations.” — WHO/UNICEF

Source: breastmilkproject.org

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