Milk Sharing: It's Not Weird Unless You Make It Weird

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

How one mom used another woman's breast milk to feed her children

By Laura Minton Gonzales


My cousin’s wife, Jessica, sent me a picture time-stamped “three years ago today” of my son, then a tiny newborn, drinking from a bottle. She added a message that made me smile: “Sweet baby boy drinking my milk!” with a dozen heart emojis.


I had taken that picture myself three years ago and sent it to her then, and now the memory of those busy days feeding her milk to my babies resurfaced. I have a special bond now to Jessica, because she fed my babies with her own milk when I had none to give them. We participated in a practice commonly known as “milk sharing.”