Tips for Getting Breast Milk If You Cannot Breastfeed

Not every woman has an easy time breastfeeding her child. Sometimes, women try to obtain breast milk through other methods because there are benefits of breast milk that formula does not provide. Other times, women are forced to obtain breast milk because their children are allergic to formula. Regardless of the reason, you should know that it can be difficult to find donors. Here are some tips for locating other sources of breast milk so that you don't have to worry about your baby's health and nutrition.

1. Locate a Wet Nurse

Your first option is to employ a wet nurse for a few months to nurse your baby or pump and deliver the milk to you. This is a woman that has had children but is still lactating and can therefore continue to provide milk. Make sure that you go through a reputable service that screens the women for illness and other issues. As long as you make sure that the women are certified, this is a safe way to get breast milk. 

2. Search Out Donors Online

There are a multitude of forums and Facebook groups that are out there that will allow you to find donors online. Many women produce a surplus amount of milk if their children stop suckling early and are willing to donate milk to you for free. This is somewhat of a gamble because you might worry about screening the milk, but many sites include reviews of the women donors and testimonials that you can check to make sure that the milk is good to use. This is a very cheap way of getting milk. However, in many cases you will have to drive to the location of the woman who is willing to donate and invest in a freezer box to keep the milk from spoiling as you transport it home.

3. Go to a Milk Bank

Finally, you have the option to go to a milk bank and purchase breast milk for your baby. This is a good way to make sure that the milk that you are getting is free of disease and will be safe for your baby to drink. However, this can be expensive if you are purchasing it regularly, and there are sometimes shortages.

For more information, talk to a company that provides child-nursing services, such as Kitsap Children's Clinic LLP. They will be able to direct you to services that will help you obtain breast milk.