But a group of Central Illinois women is sharing something that many consider more precious than gold.
Breast milk donations are becoming more active among social network and breastfeeding support groups. A network of nursing mothers shares their extra milk with other moms who can't breast feed.
While the concept may seem taboo to some, local moms tell us the process can literally be lifesaving.
Sara Harris used donor milk for her daughter for 13 months. She explains, "It was a really hard thing for me. I was sitting there, feeding my baby with somebody else's breast milk, thinking this is great but this is horrible."
Milk donor Tessa Hamilton decided to donate after losing her unborn son. She says the process helped her heal both physically and emotionally.
Hamilton says, "Donated milk is basically a lifesaver to those babies. It helps them so much. And i knew if I could do something that made some sort of sense, it would help me."
August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. If you are interested in learning more about milk sharing or about breastfeeding resources, check out the Central Illinois Breastfeeding Task Force or the Breastfeeding Moms page on Facebook.
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