Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Definitely not 'Clueless': Alicia Silverstone unveils breast milk sharing program

Alicia Silverstone, who felt the heat of social media last year, when she revealed her special way of feeding her son Bear Blu Jarecki, is in the news again over baby-feeding. The "Clueless" and "Batman and Robin" star has started her own breast milk bank, the USA Today reported on Tuesday.

Writing on her blog, "The Kind Life," Silverstone is urging mothers to share their breast milk with those who cannot produce enough milk for the children. She called the program, dubbed "Kind Mama Milk Share," a community service to "support those mamas and babies who need a hand."

The actress said she got the idea when a friend of hers -- a new mother -- couldn't produce enough milk for her baby, due to breast reduction surgery. While her friend "tried reaching out in her community for donor milk, but it was almost impossible to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices the donors had made."

Silverstone, 36, wrote:
A lot of women unfortunately have a similar struggle, and there's no reason why they shouldn't be able to give their babies the most amazing start in life with clean, mean, glorious breast milk. And 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.

Welcome to the Kind Mama Milk Share, a way for moms to connect with other moms in their area. If you have milk to share--post it here! If you are in need of milk--post it here!
While she asked for folks to post in her comments, one might think she would need some sort of Facebook page -- at least -- or dedicated website for such a campaign.

In March of 2012, a video of Silverstone feeding her some Bear went viral. The actress was seen mashing up some of Bear's meal in her mouth before spitting it out to feed him.

Although the reaction in social media was mixed, with some have commenting on the video with -- as you might expect -- "Gross," others wondered what the big deal is, comparing it to the hysteria that sometimes surrounds breast feeding in public.

It's certainly not unheard of in nature. For example, sea gulls have a red spot near the end of their bill that, when pecked by chicks, stimulates the parents to regurgitate food.

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