Alicia Silverstone Kind Mama Milk Share Program: Is Sharing Breast Milk Safe?

Alicia Silverstone is giving a whole new meaning to the popular phrase “got milk.” The “Clueless” actress has been grabbing headlines for her alternative parenting style, and she’s done it once more now that she’s searching for breast milk that’s produced on an organic diet.

The 36-year-old Hollywood starlet launched the Kind Mama Milk Share. It’s a breast-milk sharing program whose essential goal is to link mothers who want breast milk with lactating mothers who have plenty to share.

The actress was inspired to create the program after hearing from one of her friends who wasn’t able to breastfeed her newborn son. The woman apparently had a breast reduction and was not able to produce enough milk to feed her son.

"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," Silverstone wrote.

The healthy living advocate took to her website The Kind Life to share her idea:  “Because 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," Silverstone wrote on June 25. "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!"

While experts say sharing breast milk is OK, the New York Daily News pointed out breast milk sharing through message boards, like Silverstone’s, is actually not safe because the milk is untested and could possibly contain viruses like HIV. 

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