Vegan power-celebrity Alicia Silverstone is at it again. First, she penned a best-selling vegan cookbook, aptly entitled The Kind Diet, that showcased the plant-based diet as “a magical way to heal yourself and be the happiest you’ve ever been in your life and help save the planet at the same time.” Her success with the book led her to launch the blog, The Kind Life, where she regularly chats about veganism and other eco-issues. And now, she’s organizing a breastmilk co-op program for vegans. The program, called the Kind Mama Milk Share, will help vegan mothers donate and share breastmilk with other vegan moms who for whatever reason do not have enough breastmilk for their babies.
Breastmilk sharing is not new. When my eldest was born over 10 years ago, I donated milk to nearby Duke University Medical Center to be used for premature infants or other babies whose mothers were not able to provide breastmilk. At the time, I was a vegetarian, but not a vegan. And for folks committed to the vegan lifestyle, the food used to fortify the breastmilk is just as important as the breastmilk itself. So I can see why Silverstone would want to fill this niche.
On her site, Silverstone says, "because we are a community of beautiful souls who recognize the importance of food as health, I say we help support those mamas and babies who need a hand during one of the most important times in their lives.”
If you have vegan breastmilk to share or need vegan breastmilk for your baby post a comment over at The Kind Life website.