Thursday, April 16, 2015

2nd Annual Miracle Milk Stroll May 2nd


Join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in U.S. and Canadian Parks & Malls for the 2nd Annual Miracle Milk™ Stroll to raise funds, educate, & raise appreciation for the life-saving power of human milk!
Register or donate:
United States Canada


The Mother's Miracle Milk™ Stroll is casual walk around the park or down the mall to show our excitement and solidarity for this North American fundraising and awareness campaign for the human milk cause!

It's not a march, or a walk for distance. Each location will decide for how long or how far they choose to stroll.

Whether it's delivered at the breast, by pumping or by donor, human milk IS Miracle Milk™. It is a complex "living" elixir of hundreds of ingredients that have the power to save lives, prevent disease, and promote and protect our health from birth - and for a lifetime. We don't need more science, we need more solutions to help more moms get more Miracle Milk™ to more of our fragile babies!

Proceeds from this year's Miracle Milk Strolls in Canada support Best for Babes and this year's Partner, the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada's Baby Friendly Initiative. US partners: LLLUSA and NEC Society. Sponsored by Limerick.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Big Latch On moves forward, leaves behind controversial sponsor

The Global Big Latch On has confirmed in private correspondence with Human Milk News that they will be moving forward with the 2015 Big Latch On without the sponsorship of the controversial Mother's Milk Cooperative.  (See Human Milk News: "Who Owns Breastfeeding: Why I'm troubled by the Big Latch On: April 2014)

The Global Big Latch On is held during World Breastfeeding Week, and the theme for WBW this year is "Breastfeeding and Work, Let's Make it Work." Global Big Latch On is actively seeking sponsors for its 2015 events. As a participant in World Breastfeeding Week, Global Big Latch On affirms the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action's sponsorship criteria:
WABA does not accept sponsorship of any kind from companies producing breastmilk substitutes, related equipment and complementary foods. 
WABA encourages all participants of World Breastfeeding Week to respect and follow this ethical stance.
This means no partnerships with pump companies, whether they are Code compliant or not, limiting the Global Big Latch On's ability to sponsor with major companies with a vested interest in getting in front of pregnant and lactating consumers who may not even be in the market for a breast pump. I think this is a good thing. Ethical partnerships are critical to supporting breastfeeding families in meeting their goals.

I'm relieved to see the arrangement with the Mother's Milk Coop/Medolac come to an end and I hope the Global Big Latch On holds off entering into any sponsorship arrangements with any companies who profit from the sale of human milk. The debate over the commercialization of human milk is starting to heating up and Global Big Latch On doesn't need to be associated with the controversy. (See New York Times: Breast milk becomes a commodity with mothers caught up in debate" March 20, 2015)

Contact Global Big Latch On to organize or register for an event.
I'm looking forward to this summer's Big Latch On events. I hope they are able to make it the sponsorship component work so breastfeeding families are free to gather in an environment that doesn't feel coercive. I know organizers will be relieved knowing they can jump on board without compromising their own positions around ethical sponsorship and predatory marketing.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Detroit mothers call out Medolac over growing exploitation concerns

See the full letter here
Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding AssociationMothering Justice and Breastfeeding Mothers Unite, along with a number of allies, have issued an open letter to Medolac asking for answers to questions and to engage in discussion of the company's "aims and objectives in recruiting African- American mothers in our city to participate in your for-profit milk-selling venture." You can read the letter here. At the bottom there is a place to for community members and organizations who also want to hold Medolac accountable to ask their own questions and/or to sign the letter to show support.

I've shared with the letter authors some of my questions, including my questions about the safety of Medolac's human milk derived products and their involvement with experiments on babies born addicted to illegal/prescription drugs:

Thank you for asking these questions. I would also like Medolac to make public the names of the hospitals that are buying or using their human milk products, and the research studies that show that they are safe for fragile, premature babies in NICUs – in particular, for babies born addicted to illegal or prescription drugs. Why aren’t these babies ALREADY receiving donor human milk? Why are we experimenting on these babies? (Clinical Trial report of research planned by University of Louisville, in partnership with Medolac: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02182973 ) “This study is designed to develop pilot data on the acceptability and benefit of donor human milk for infants undergoing pharmacologic treatment for NAS. Specifically, gastrointestinal (GI) sub-scores, as well as total scores, will be compared between infants historically fed formula and those enrolled in a 2-week donor human milk study period.”)

Edited to add: If you live in Kentucky and want to donate milk to a non-profit milk bank, Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank  has milk collection depots in Louisville, Lexington and FlorenceThe NICU at the University of Kentucky is one hospital using milk from the Indiana milk bank

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Are there any hospitals using Medolac's "Coop Donor Milk" product?

I have not been able to confirm that any hospitals have purchased Medolac or Mother's Milk Coop's  "Coop Donor Milk" product. 
Medolac/MMC says this commercially
sterile human milk product has a
3 year shelf life. 


Medolac/MMC continues to promote the product for sale. They continue to make reference to it being used currently in hospitals in the US. Pricing information remains unclear and I've been unable to confirm with anyone, anywhere, what hospital might be using the product.

The most product recent sales pitch at the end of 2014 was a "Buy Three Cases Get Two Free" offer. The last price offered after that deal was calculated looks to be around $6/oz.  However MMC's CEO Adrienne Weir said in early January 2015 the price for the product is $4/oz. Further, she has reiterated that there are "hospital partners," NICUS in the US that are using the product. 

Has any hospital purchased this milk? Or has anyone heard of anyone that has purchased this milk? Is any hospital using this milk after receiving it as a donation, free of charge, or on an experimental basis?

If you have any information, I can be reached privately by email. You can also make a completely anonymous comment on this blog -  and if you don't want even your anonymous comment made public, let me know and I will not publish it.

Jodine Chase
Human Milk News