Helping Haiti doesn't have to only pump your pocketbook. Use your breasts.
A slew of human breast milk associations (yes, there are many) are imploring women with a generous heart and lactating bosoms to donate their milk to the closest milk bank -- which, in our case, is in San Jose. The first shipment of human milk will be sent this week to the U.S. Navy Ship Comfort, where Haitian babies are receiving care at a neonatal intensive care unit. The organizations will be shipping more milk for older infants on land as soon as the infrastructure is in place.
The press release from the International Lactation Consultant Association said to call the San Jose milk bank
for details on donating milk, but the lady who answered the phone refused to
answer any questions and said we'd have to talk to the executive
director tomorrow. C'mon, lady, the premature babies of Haiti are going
hungry, and we have to wait until tomorrow to see how people can donate
some milk? What part of the phrase "emergency response" are we missing, here?
The breast milk associations also urge regular old cash donations to emergency aid organizations, since the faster Haitian mothers are healthy, the faster they can breastfeed their own babies.
Anyways, give the San Jose bank a call. And we'll update tomorrow when we hear back.