In bygone times when a wealthy woman had a baby she would employ the services of a wet nurse to breast feed and care for her child rather than do it herself. Wet nurses were in a way a lactating Mary Poppins’s.
In most cases breast milk is 100% healthy for a baby or anyone willing to drink it. I remember when I had my first son at 32 weeks prem I produced far too much milk and used to donate to the other mums in SCBU. The milk was tested and I happily became Ermintrude for any bub that required my over spill. I wouldn’t have been upset or offended if any mum turned their nose up, after all breast milk is an extremely intimate bodily fluid. (I never cried over my spilt milk).
Breast milk can transmit disease the same way blood can it’s usually not the type of thing you just pour into someone’s cuppa. It’s certainly not the type of thing that you would feed someone else’s children without them or their parents knowing, though that’s exactly what one mother did and what’s even more unbelievable is that she shared it on Facebook and doesn’t seem to understand why anyone is upset.
The mum took to Facebook to ask for advice from other mums because she was receiving backlash about her breast-milk brownies she made for the local school fete.
Her original post reads:
I need some advice. I made brownies for my school bake sale that had breast milk in them. I didn’t have time to run to the store and didn’t think it was a big deal (honestly some of those kids could use the nutrition let’s be honest). And it wasn’t even that much. One of the other moms found out and are blowing it way out of proportion. Idk what to do! Any suggestions?
One user writes:
Honestly this is actually a ##~! near criminal offense! Breast milk, like blood or semen, can carry diseases, which is why legit donation services screen the milk before passing it along to moms and their babies. Secretly feeding children that aren’t yours baked goods with your bodily fluids in them in gross, shady and borderline psychotic.
Another user shared:
A family member works in an ER. A baby came in with altered mental status and they learned that the baby was being breast fed while the mom was using. THIS is why other moms are “blowing it out of proportion”. They have no clue if breast milk brownie lady is 1. Free of communicable diseases and 2. Not taking any legal or illegal substances that could pass into the milk and thus into the brownies. How are the other parents supposed to know whether or not her breast milk is even safe? It’s awfully presumptuous to just assume they will be fine with that.
While others took a more humorous approach:
It’s like that one time I made lemonade with my urine because I ran out of water and didn’t feel like going to the store to get more. I only drink Perrier so they were getting, like, the best urine ever. I don’t know why everyone was so mad about it.
One other user dryly noted:
“So anyway, we’re thinking of changing next year’s fundraiser to a car wash.” — Every PTA president in the continental United States
I for one would be happy IF I knew the breast milk was free of any nasties. I tried my own. Are you gagging? Breast milk tastes very much like the new-fangled Almond milk you can buy. It’s okay in baking but ruins a lovely cuppa tea. Question…..How do you milk an almond?
The moral of the story…Sharing breast milk without the proper precautions can be dangerous for everyone’s health, as well as your reputation.
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