Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Got Vegan Breast Milk? Alicia Silverstone Wants to Share Hers Online

Alicia Silverstone (Getty Images) You can put "problem solver" down next to any list of descriptors for Alicia Silverstone .
The "Clueless" star, 36, saw a problem — her fellow vegans had difficulty producing enough breast milk to feed their children — and came up with a solution: an online group to help them share said breast milk.
You read that right — she's launching a website to help women share breast milk.
"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," Silverstone wrote on her blog . "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!"
The idea, she explained, stemmed from an email she received from a friend and new mom, who said she simply wasn't producing enough milk and couldn't trust that those offering donor milk shared the strict vegan diet.

Silverstone has been rather vocal about her unique parenting style since the birth of her son, Bear Blu, in May 2011. Ten months later, she famously posted a video sharing how she fed the tot straight from her own mouth with food she pre-chewed, a practice known as premastication.
While that sparked some controversy about whether or not such actions are hygienic, something tells us even more chatter will come from this Internet-fueled — and therefore unregulated — plan to share breast milk.
Silverstone isn't the only celebrity to make headlines for her interesting parenting methods.
"The Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik famously breastfed her children and shared a bed with them until after their fourth birthdays.
"Obviously the notion of an older child nursing is very strange to some people," Bialik told omg! last month . "In certain cultures it's not. And I was very careful about when and how I chose to breastfeed my older child. I put a lot of boundaries and limits around it and again took the guidance of women who had sort of walked this path before me … I think the notion of breastfeeding at all is still very controversial in some circles.
What do you think?

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Few celebrities; parenting techniques have gotten more media attention than those of Mayim Bialik. The mom of two practices lots of components of "holistic parenting," but it was the fact she
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Few celebrities; parenting techniques have gotten more media attention than those of Mayim Bialik. The mom of two practices lots of components of "holistic parenting," but it was the fact she breastfed her youngest son, Fred, until he was 4 that may have generated the most buzz. And it;s something Bialik was clearly proud of. The 37-year-old announced via a post on the Jewish parenting blog Kveller earlier this year that she had finally weaned Fred. "All of you snarky mamas who glared at me nursing my 3 1/2-year-old on the NYC subway , prepare to be amazed. And to all of my family and friends who wanted to chastise me about nursing a walking, talking, thinking, laughing little man named Fred, thanks for holding your tongues," she wrote in a post, where she also revealed that for the first three years of his life she nursed Fred four to six times a night, every night . "Because we did it. Fred isn't going to nurse on his way down the wedding aisle or at his high school graduation. I didn't need to break him of a 'habit' and teach him 'who's in charge.' I didn't need to set boundaries you thought I should have set when I didn't want to set them. Because we did it: Fred weaned ."

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