Absolutely, and there may be enough donor milk available that breastmilk substitutes could be eliminated altogether.
Eats On Feets does not endorse any order of priority for the sharing of breastmilk. There does not need to be a medical indication for a parent to request or receive breastmilk on the behalf of their child. Requests can be made even if the baby is healthy and/or over the age of 24 months.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 a 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.” [↩]