Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the mission of Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network?

A: The mission of Human Milk 4 Human Babies Global Network is to

promote the nourishment of babies and children around the world with

human milk. We are dedicated to fostering community between local

families who have chosen to share breastmilk.

Q: What is informed choice?

A: Informed choice

is a choice made by competent individuals, free from coercion, that

takes into account sufficient information to make a decision. This

information should include the benefits and risks of a course of

action, as well as taking into account what alternatives are available,

and an individual’s intuitive feelings on the subject.

Q: How does it work?

A:

* Find your local chapter on Facebook.

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Post on the page if you would like to donate or receive breastmilk.

Different communities will use Facebook’s features in various ways:

some pages use the Wall exclusively, some pages use a third-party forum

application, and some pages use a combination of both.

* Talk to other mothers on the Wall and check for reminders posted there.

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If you see a post from someone who is a potential match for you,

contact them directly via private message or on the related post. Here

are some guidelines for safe social networking.

***It

is in the spirit of informed choice that milk sharing on these pages

will occur, and all people posting here will take complete

responsibility for the outcome of milk sharing.***

Q: What does HM4HB Global NOT do?

A:

* Support or approve of the selling of breastmilk on our network.

* Provide medical advice or clinical care.

* Screen donors or recipients.

* Provide contracts or questionnaires.

* Decide who should receive breastmilk.

* Collect, store or distribute breastmilk.

* Receive money, payment, donations or funding of any kind.

* Reimburse volunteers/supporters.

* Act as mediators or advisors if difficulties or misunderstandings occur between parties.

* Accept liability for the outcomes associated with sharing breastmilk.

* Expect mothers to try to increase their supply in order to donate or receive milk.

Q: What may be expected of me as a donor and/or recipient?

A:

Expectations will vary depending on the family shared with and the

donor. You can work out the details together until you are satisfied.

Openness and honesty is expected, as well as full disclosure, on the

part of all parties involved. The principles of informed choice are of

utmost importance in the context of peer-to-peer milk sharing.

Q: What if I am unable to reach an agreement with my donor/recipient or I don’t feel comfortable receiving/giving milk?

A: If the recipient does not feel comfortable with their donor,

or vice versa, (s)he is under no obligation to participate in milk

sharing with that person. Please post on your HM4HB Global chapter to

find a more suitable arrangement. HM4HB Global is not responsible for

the outcome of any milk sharing arrangements.

Q: What can I do to provide to my baby the safest possible breastmilk?

A:

Full disclosure reduces risk. Suggested points of discussion can

include medications, alcohol and drug use. In many countries, testing

for infectious diseases is done during routine prenatal/antenatal care.

You may be able to consult a health care provider to obtain further

testing if desired. Some diseases to consider are HIV, hepatitis B and

C, syphilis, HTLV, as well as cytomegalovirus (CMV) and tuberculosis.

You can ask for copies of those test results.

If you cannot get a complete picture of the health of your donor, one option is to look into at-home pasteurization.

Q: Is it possible to pasteurize breastmilk at home? What pathogens are destroyed by this process?

A:

There is a simple, low-tech form of flash pasteurization, called

“flash-heating,” that can be done on stove-top at home. Research

indicates it can destroy a number of pathogens while retaining the

greatest amount of beneficial properties of breastmilk when compared

with other types of pasteurization. This process can be done by the

recipient just prior to feeding the baby. See this straight-forward explanation for a “how-to” on flash-heating.

Q: How (and for how long) can milk be stored?

A:

Expressed milk can be stored in various breastmilk containers following

the manufacturers’ instructions. Noting the date on the container will

make sure it is consumed within a safe time frame. Storage times will

vary based on where it is stored. This link gives information on storage.

 

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