As many moms may have already realized, breastfeeding is not an easy task at all to perform. Problems such as low milk supply, inverted or sore nipples, as well as mastitis, can affect a mother’s experience of this intimate interaction with her child.
For some, it has become too difficult that they have chosen to opt for formula feeding instead. With other mothers, though, were forced to make a difficult choice.
42-year-old Renee Noble, for instance, just had a month to be with her child. On November 17, she gave birth to baby Violet but sadly passed away on December 15, succumbing to liver cancer. During that time, Noble made a wish that her child be fed with breast milk.
Once the website “Milk for Baby Violet” was put up, an outpouring of support gave Violet more than enough breast milk that she could feed upon. One of the moms who helped, Bekki, wrote:
“Her mom passed away a couple days before Christmas, and her dying wish was that her little girl can be on breastmilk until her first birthday. I am working with a local breastfeeding professional to find milk for Violet so that her uncle (whose care she is currently under) can focus on taking care of his new family.”
“Given Violet's premature birth, we are really hoping to find some premie or newborn milk, but any milk will be greatly appreciated.”
The concept of sharing milk is nothing new in the Philippines. In order to help moms who still don’t have the adequate supply of breast milk, there are actually breast milk banks around the metro which provide it for free.