During the District Workshop on October 15 we discussed some ideas surrounding this very topic. Since this subject has been broached on ChapterOnLine I will summarize a few things that we spoke about during the DW:
1. The good news is we’ve been getting the message out that human milk is for human babies and the best milk is from a baby’s mother – first from the breast, second pumped mother’s milk. Third best is human milk from another mother.
2. LLLI’s policy about the Leader’s role in discussing milk sharing has changed: first policy 1992, 2007 revision, 2010 revision.
3. This revision is what guides us now.
4. As a Leader and representative of this organization we want to clearly state LLL’s priorities.
5. Crisis times are not included in these circumstances.
6. As with all helping situations we respond with support and information
7. Please encourage the mother to dialogue with her health care professional.
8. There ARE risks to milk sharing and there ARE benefits.
9. A Leader shall NEVER suggest an informal milk sharing situation. No milk brokering.
Please know that the Professional Liaison Department is here for you, the Leaders. We would LOVE to dialogue with you if you have a question or concern of a medical or legal nature – that’s what we’re here for! 🙂