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World Milksharing Week
September 24, 2016 @ 8:00 am - September 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
September 24–30, 2014 – World Milksharing Week is held annually during the last week of September. Our goal is to celebrate milksharing and to promote human milk as the biologically normal nourishment for babies and children.
The World Health Organization calls for exclusive breastfeeding from birth through six months. After this time, it recommends continued breastfeeding with the addition of complementary foods through 2 years of age and beyond, as long as mutually desirable for mother and child.
We hope that by raising awareness about milksharing, families will never again feel forced into feeding breastmilk substitutes –an act which is not without risk to the health of the child. If a mother is unable to breastfeed, or unable to produce enough breastmilk, families can access the milk of another healthy woman through wet-nursing or milk donation. The incredible sense of community that is created among donor and recipient families who partake in milksharing is to be celebrated. Raising awareness about the possibility of milksharing will prevent thousands of ounces of breastmilk from being dumped down the drain by mothers who didn’t know there was another option. Breastmilk is not a scarce commodity and there are women around the world who are willing to share.
World Milksharing Week participants promote awareness of human donor milk through events held around the world. All individuals and groups who encourage milksharing and who support donor and recipient families are invited to participate.