A mom is selling her own breast milk to help parents and their children amid the formula shortage. Not all heroes wear capes.
Some heroes wear their children around their hips, instead.
Amid the ongoing formula shortage, many moms have come out about the struggle they’ve been facing with the lack of formula. Bette Midler, actress and comedian, even came out herself, saying that moms should try to ‘breastfeed’ because it is ‘free’. This, however, received a lot of backlash because some moms cannot produce breast milk.
Further to this fact, formula children can sometimes be allergic to other types of formula, so, when the formula they’re on, is sold out, you can imagine how difficult it can be to try and decide what to do next.
But, thanks to one Utah mom, she’s made it a little bit easier for many moms out there…
And we hope that people follow in her footsteps after she has sold 4,000 oz of her own breastmilk to help anybody out there that needs it, as per VT.
Alyssa Chitt said in an interview with Fox 13: “I figure I’m running out of room, so might as well help someone else,” regarding her decision to sell her breast milk.
“I know I have over 3,000 ounces. 3,000 ounces downstairs and probably almost 1,000 upstairs,” she continued. The mom wants to sell her breast milk for $1 per ounce but said that knowing what moms are going through, she would negotiate with whoever wanted to buy it.
“It was making me nervous, just because so my daughter was very, very colicky,” she said of selling her milk. “And I know a lot of moms need specific formulas for babies with upset tummies, and I know how hard it can be when they’re upset. There’s nothing you can do about that stomach pain,” she said.
Although the mom is doing everything she can to help, which we are sure many moms appreciate greatly, other people are dubious that this process means she has not been screened for infectious diseases.
But, Mary Callahan, a coordinator at Mountain West Mothers’ Milk Bank has said that there are not enough donors to meet the needs of the community, and it takes months to be able to start providing for the community…
“We do have donors that are motivated that can get it done in two. It would probably take us two to three months to really get to where we can start looking at providing for the outward community that’s outside of the hospital,” she said.
And so, groups of moms in different communities around the United States continue to band together to do what they can in order to help other moms in need of milk for their children.
What do you think?