Alicia Silverstone launches breast milk sharing program

Alicia Silverstone in 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Alicia Silverstone in 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Cue the “Got Milk” jokes.

Alicia Silverstone recently took to her Web site, The Kind Life, to announce a breast milk sharing program, aimed at connecting mothers who “recognize the importance of food as health.”

Silverstone, who many remember as Beverly Hills it-girl Cher in the 1995 film “Clueless,” is also well-known for her vegan lifestyle, which she explained in her 2009 book, The Kind Diet. The book featured vegan recipes and made it to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

In the June 25 blog post, Silverstone explained that she was inspired by a friend to launch the program, dubbed the Kind Mama Milk Share. Silverstone’s friend found she could not nurse her son because of a breast reduction surgery. “She tried reaching out in her community for donor milk, but it was impossible to figure out what kind of lifestyle choices the donors had made,” Silverstone wrote.

Silverstone is a mom herself — to a 2-year-old son named Bear Blu. The two made headlines last year after Silverstone posted a video of herself transferring food directly into her son’s mouth. The video went viral.

Silverstone’s call to moms is perhaps less unconventional. As reported in a 2011 Washington Post article, groups of women have formed “milk-sharing” communities on Facebook and other Web sites, posting if they are in need of breast milk or able to provide their own to other moms.

As noted in the Post story, the practice had caught the eye of the Food and Drug Administration, which in 2010 released a statement cautioning against “feeding your baby breast milk acquired directly from individuals or through the Internet.” The FDA warns that breast milk from unscreened donors could transmit HIV and other diseases, contaminants from illegal drugs and certain prescription drugs.

Silverstone’s blog post did not mention whether there would be any screening processes. Silverstone asked readers to post in the comments if they had milk to share or were in need of milk.

“Think of all the babies we can help raise together!” Silverstone wrote.

Bethonie Butler is a producer and a reporter on The Post’s engagement team. She oversees online comments and has also contributed to The Style Blog and She The People.
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