Breastmilk to the rescue!

Stuffy nose? Pink eye? Eczema? Go squirt some breastmilk all up in there!

This page touts the many uses for this miraculous elixir; some I knew, some I did not. You’ll have to decide for yourself if you want to use it to remove your eye make-up, however. Tis a bit sticky, non?

The above site also lead me to the International Breast Milk Project, an organization that harvests donor milk from across the country for needy infants in the US and in Africa. They screen all their candidates (via an at-home blood test and cheek swab performed by a lab tech, free of charge) and provide donors with a cooler bag and prepaid Fedex package to collect milk and ship it to their milk bank. 75% of the donated milk is used in the U.S., with the remaining 25% being shipped to Africa to help babies suffering from HIV/AIDS and/or malnourishment. They also raise money to support health care initiatives in Africa, including milk banking. So great.

Once the nuggie starts on solids in a couple months and doesn’t need every last ounce of my milk, I want to sign up and donate. Breast milk is a magical thing!! I would be honored to share it.

Related: Check out this breast-feeding article in a January 2009  issue of The New Yorker

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