Alicia Silverstone is taking the caring and sharing side of herself to a whole new level. She wants vegan Mom’s to share their breast milk with anyone who needs it. But the “new-age” actress isn’t promoting the sale of “healthy” breast milk, she is promoting sharing it. And she’s doing it online.
The 36 year-old actress is well known for her vegan lifestyle and her frequently “unorthodox” feeding methods for babies. Now she’s started another “unorthodox” feeding method called “Kind Mama Milk Share.” Silverstone started it from her blog, “The Kind Life.” It’s aimed at pairing vegan women who can’t breast feed their own babies with other like-minded individuals who have more “clean, mean, glorious breast milk” than they can use.
Alicia wrote on her blog last month, “[B]ecause we are a community of beautiful souls who recognize the importance of food as health, I say we help support those mamas and babies who need a hand during one of the most important times in their lives. It’s why I’m starting the Kind Mama Milk Share, a way for moms to connect with other moms in their area.”
Silverstone says, “If you have milk to share — post it! If you are in need of milk — post it! Think of all the babies we can help raise together!”
The Clueless star may not be the only “milk outlet” on the internet, but she seems to be the only “non-profit” one. There are websites that sell breast milk, one has the catchy site name “Only the Breast.” But that particular site caters to both people who want breast milk as well as women who want-to-sell-or-donate the milk for “special needs” breast milk.
But Silverstone’s offer of sharing her breast milk has gotten a pretty positive reaction from the vegan women that it’s been aimed at, and they seem fairly interested in joining the program. But Alicia isn’t charging for the exchange which is a bonus. ABC News found out that purchasing breast milk a few years ago, was pretty pricey; costing anywhere from $300 to $1,200 a month.
That’s a lot of money for something that “comes naturally” out of most women. But Alicia Silverstone does have a point. Most women do produce more breast milk than they can possibly use. So why not let anyone who has a serious need for the milk have access to it?
But the FDA doesn’t recommend using breast milk “acquired directly from individuals or through the Internet,” without proper screening, collection, processing, testing and storage.
Silverstone came up with the idea on her website and blog The Kind Life, which supports clean and eco-friendly lifestyles and it sounds like a sort of “retro-commune” living that probably didn’t really exist in the 60s and 70s. But she’s enthusiastic about the program and says, “Think of all the babies we can help raise together!”
Silverstone also wrote in her blog that she was inspired to start the milk share after a friend had contacted her saying that she was frustrated about not being able to find adequately vetted breast milk to feed her son after a breast-reduction surgery cut down on her milk supply.
Alicia wrote, “She tried reaching out in her community for donor milk, but it was almost impossible to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices the donors had made. And after all that hard work keeping herself vibrant and healthy, she felt she had a right to demand better for her baby.”
This isn’t the first time Silverstone has advocated a feeding method that could be seen as a bit “different.” In 2012, she stirred controversy by feeding her then 10-month-old son, Bear Blu, previously chewed food straight from her mouth to his.
At the time, she told PEOPLE magazine that, “People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands of years,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s a weaning process. I think it’s adorable and I laugh every time he does it.”
So Alicia Silverstone is asking the question, “Breast milk anyone?” She’s doing her bit to help other healthy living Mom’s who want to give their babies the milk they deserve.
By Michael Smith