Alicia Silverstone wants every mom to have the chance to give their children the best start they can, which includes breast feeding; but some women have trouble producing breast milk, no matter how much they might want to. That's where her new service, Kind Mama Milk Share, comes in.
The former "Clueless" actress posted a blog entry about it recently and says the service is for vegan moms who are having a bit of trouble.
"A couple weeks ago, another mama I know gave birth to a son. She e-mailed to let me know how things were going, and she was beside herself. She'd tried to do everything so that this baby would have the healthiest, happiest start in life -- she nourished herself during pregnancy with clean, kind foods; had a beautiful home birth; and planned to breastfeed from now until her son could say, 'No thanks.' But because of a breast reduction surgery, she found she wouldn't be able to make enough milk for him, no matter how much precious boobie time they spent together. She 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. And after all that hard work keeping herself vibrant and healthy, she felt she had a right to demand better for her baby. 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. It's why I'm starting 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! If you are in need of milk -- post it! Think of all the babies we can help raise together!"
Silverstone is a very hands-on parent and drew controversy her way last year when a video of her pre-chewing her son's food for him and spitting it into his mouth went viral.
"I can understand that it would make some people feel uncomfortable, possibly, because it's new to them," she said in her defense. "But I do want to let you know that this has been going on for thousands of years -- still going on all over the place -- and it's natural."