Who needs donated breastmilk?

Eats On Feets focuses on the breastmilk needs of babies and young children.1 All children have a right to breastmilk. There are many situations wherein a child or baby would need donated breastmilk, including but not limited to: death of lactating parent, adoption, foster care, guardian care, low milk production, no milk production, health of lactating parent. Eats On Feets does not endorse any order of priority for the sharing of breastmilk with babies and young children.

Although Eats On Feets focuses on breastmilk for babies and young children, sometimes medical needs arise for older children or adults. Eats On Feets does not put an age range on pediatric needs,2 and reposting these needs will be up to the discretion of our admins.

A strong case can be made for the medical use of breastmilk by adults. Eats On Feets supports informed choice and a woman’s right to share her breastmilk with whomever she chooses. Adult needs are welcome on our Wall, but will not be reposted by our admins. Please contact your local page with any questions.

Regarding adults requesting milk for non-medical reasons, please see this site for more information. Eats On Feets administrators will delete these types of requests. Eats On Feets encourages families to practice safe social networking.

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  1. In ‘Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding,’ bullet 10, p. 14, the WHO states: “Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond.” []
  2. The FDA has this nonbinding guidance for the use of medical devices:
    Pediatric Populations
    For purposes of this guidance, we are defining pediatric subpopulations as shown below.

    Pediatric Subpopulation Approximate Age Range
    newborn birth to 1 month of age
    infant 1 month to 2 years of age
    child 2 to 12 years of age
    adolescent 12-21 years of age

    Although the upper age limit used to define the pediatric population varies among experts, including adolescents up to the age of 21 is consistent with the definition found in several well-known sources. The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) believes this age range is generally appropriate for the use of medical devices in pediatric subpopulations, but recognizes that there may be cases in which the pediatric population should be defined differently, depending upon the type of device.“ []

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