How do donors know that the person requesting milk really needs it?

All babies, including young children up to 2 years and beyond, benefit from breastmilk.1

If a recipient seems to be in need of breastfeeding support, please see ‘My recipient may benefit from extra breastfeeding support. What can I do?’ for more information.

It is suggested that donors get to know the recipients and inquire about how their breastmilk will be used. Some adults might request milk for non-medical reasons. Please see this site for more information. Eats On Feets encourages women to practice safe social networking.2

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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.” Please also see Who needs donated breastmilk?’ []
  2. A strong case can be made for the medical use of breastmilk by adults. Though our focus is babies and children, Eats On Feets supports informed choice and a woman’s right to share her breastmilk with whomever she chooses. []

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