Help grow the milksharing community in your area by sharing information about who we are and what we do.
Download and print this HM4HB Flyer, and distribute it at community events, to health care professionals, parenting groups and anywhere else you see fit.
If you’re using our flyer to spread the milksharing word in your community, stop by our Global Hub on Facebook and let us know!
HM4HB does not question the reasons why families seek breastmilk and we don’t prioritise requests and/or offers. We hope that all babies and children in need receive human milk, regardless of age, health, or personal circumstance.
We respect the right of families to make informed choices and we expect our members to take full responsibility for those choices. It is up to the participants to get to know each other, to ask questions, and to continue talking and engaging directly with one another until a relationship of trust is established.
We operate on the basis of informed choice, a choice made by competent individuals, free from coercion, that takes into account sufficient information to make a decision. We also honour the role that an individual’s intuition plays in the process of making informed choices. If at any time a recipient does not feel comfortable with their donor, or vice versa, you are under no obligation to participate in milksharing with that person, and are welcome to repost on our pages at any time to find a more suitable arrangement.
To honour the informed choice and personal responsibility of our members, so that recipients may choose and/or screen their own donors, and so that donors may choose and/or screen their own recipients, we ask that milksharing on these pages be for your own personal use as a donor or recipient.
If a family member, health care provider, or personal family friend is authorized to collect milk on your behalf, they should be prepared to include your explicit consent in the post, or you may kindly stop by to confirm their proxy.
Any other third party participant in your milksharing arrangement who organizes matches on your behalf (with or without compensation), is in conflict with the above stated Mission, Vision, and Values of HM4HB. In the spirit of informed choice, we do not support the use of our community pages as a place for go-betweens in milksharing arrangements.
More from our Mission, Vision, Values, and FAQ, here:
A study in the journal Pediatrics, released on October 21, 2013, attempts to link the sale of breastmilk with milksharing and portrays any breastmilk sharing outside of formal milk banks as dangerous. Only anonymous sales were included in this study. Anyone who attempted to find out information about the recipient baby or establish a personal relationship with the recipient was dropped from study participation, with all contact ceasing. Milk was sold and it was shipped, often over several days, to an anonymous post office box.
HM4HB is dedicated to fostering community between local families who have chosen to share breastmilk. We use social media as a platform for local families to make real-life connections and come together as sustainable milksharing communities where women graciously share their breastmilk. We do not encourage anonymity between donors and recipients; we encourage the development of relationships, along with full disclosure and informed choice. The network’s community pages are a strictly non-commercial environment and we do not support the sale of human milk. Therefore, the findings of this study cannot be extrapolated to milksharing as it happens through our pages.
Furthermore, HM4HB acknowledges that feeding any breastmilk substitute (i.e., formula) is not without risk, and that milksharing is a healthy and safe option when mother’s own breastmilk is not available. Safe milksharing is possible through risk management and education. We encourage families to educate themselves about the potential risks and benefits of all infant feeding options, as well as how to reduce the risks associated with each method.
Milksharing is not going away, despite warnings from health authorities. It is actually increasing daily. Breastmilk sharing advocates have long been asking health authorities to issue guidelines for safer milksharing, including information about expression, storage, and shipping of breastmilk, so that families can identify risks and access information about managing them. HM4HB Global Network calls upon health authorities to work with milksharing families to establish and publish safe milksharing guidelines.