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Flint’s mom donates over 1,000 ounces of breast milk

FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) – A mother with plenty of breast milk has helped other mothers overcome a shortage of infant formula by donating 1,000 ounces (and counting) through a community organization in the central Michigan.

Shonte’ Terhune-Smith matched Flint’s mother with another Lapeer mother to encourage safe human-to-human milk sharing.

“The fact that there are mothers who are ready to unite and not be shamed — as if it were not a question of breastfeeding or giving formula — it is really unite us to make these babies thrive,” said Terhune-Smith.

She wants to empower women and promote community sharing of milk.

“That’s what we’ve been doing for thousands of years,” Terhune-Smith said.

Terhune-Smith founded You Overcoming Lactation Obstacles, or YOLO, to help mothers on their breastfeeding journey.

“We know this has a huge impact on black and brown families. [rate]. They are very hard hit right now. Milk banks are not affordable for the people it really hits,” she said. “If you know you have this three to four month old baby and your baby is drinking maybe three to four ounces, that’s hard to afford.”

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The mother who shared 1,000 ounces of breast milk captured the significant donation in a photo.

“We don’t want mothers to dilute formula by trying to stretch it. We don’t want you making homemade formula recipes that you don’t know what impact it will have on your babies’ overall health. There are safe options.

Children who need special preparation were hospitalized as instructed this week in Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. Terhune-Smith, who is also a lactation consultant, says she’s heard from moms who want to re-lactate. She invites parents to ask for help to know how to do it. In addition to connecting mothers with donors, she also provides formula milk and teaches women how to properly screen milk donors.

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“Our goal should be for us to come together for our babies,” she said.

You can contact YOLO here.

Here are additional tips from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.


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