We’re seeing more and more ingenious examples of social media lately, for example we’ve recently posted an article on toddlers learning how to use social media. Now we’ve heard of another use of social media, namely Facebook, being used to help infants.
This time it’s a Facebook page called “Eats on Feets” which is a breast-milk sharing network that connects moms willing to share their breast milk with other moms who need it. An article by Andrea Gordon over on the star.com gives an enlightening example of just how useful this could be and tells us of Jacqueline Brady who successfully breastfed her first three children but when her fourth was born recently, hit problems with breastfeeding.
Her baby refused to latch on properly and as a result Brady’s milk supply declined. Of course the baby was not getting enough milk and so Brady turned to Eats on Feets for help and in one day 6 women offered their breast milk. One of these women lived only a block away and donated both fresh breast milk and frozen bags of breast milk to last a week. This made an immediate difference to Jacqueline Brady’s infant. However, Health Canada has cautioned women not to use the internet to access breast milk for their babies because of the risk of transmitting viruses.
Brady though certainly considered it a risk worth taking and says, “It’s definitely a very good feeling that a complete stranger would go out of their way like that to help.” For much more on this go to thestar.com. What are your thoughts on the Facebook Eats on Feets network. We’d be really interested to know so please feel free to send us your comments.