This article explores reasons why moms reach out for donor milk, and also notes one donor mom who experienced difficulty getting information from milk banks on how to donate and found it easier to connect directly with moms online. The article also notes Facebook is making it easy for recipients to discover "online communities of nursing mothers willing to share their abundant supply."
Online communities allow Memphis-area nursing women to share milk supply - The Commercial Appeal: "The midwives said it was the biggest baby they'd delivered at home," said mom Emmalee Slimski, a 32-year-old child care provider in Bartlett.
So it was a punch in her maternal gut when at her daughter's 7-month checkup, she was told her baby was failing to thrive.
One of her breasts had stopped lactating and the other couldn't produce enough milk to keep her baby's weight up.
"I felt defeated and I really didn't want to go to formula," Slimski said.
Filled with anxiety, she reached out to a group of like-minded breast-feeding moms on Facebook, called Alternamamas of Memphis.
Moments after posting her story, a friend offered to drop off a stockpile of her own breast milk....