In January 2010, Emma Kwasnica, of Montréal, started using Facebook to help
families who needed breastmilk for their babies by connecting them with other
families with breastmilk to spare. Emma was making connections all over the world, and she soon found that managing several different requests all over the world, and their corresponding donations, was becoming overwhelming. She decided to organize her efforts by country for those countries outside Canada and the U.S., and by province/state for Canada and the U.S., respectively. She found a kindred spirit in Shell Walker, an Arizona midwife who was doing something similar on a more local level. Shell had created her page in July of 2010 for a close, tight-knit community in Phoenix, AZ. Shell had named her local network “Eats on Feets.” They decided to join forces in October 2010 and call the worldwide network Emma created “Eats on Feets GLOBAL.”
All went well for a few months, with “milky matches” (as the milksharing connections are known) being made worldwide. The media attention was amazing, and “Eats on Feets GLOBAL” was becoming a household name in breastfeeding advocacy circles. Human milk that would have otherwise gone to waste was getting to human babies that needed it. “Eats on Feets GLOBAL” was working.
Please visit the Human Milk 4 Human Babies (HM4HB) website to find your local page. If you have breastmilk to spare or if you have a baby in need, please “Like” your region’s page and make an offer or a request. It is YOU that make this network possible. If you do not find your region’s HM4HB page, consider starting your own HM4HB page on Facebook. Contact Emma Kwasnica for details.
If you know someone who could benefit from this network and would like to participate in HM4HB (as a donor or recipient), but that person does not have a Facebook account, please post on their behalf.
Because of the recent disaster in Japan, I am sharing the link for the HM4HB Japan page. If you are in Japan, and can, please help.