Where I come from, Northern Ireland, donating breastmilk hasn't really caught on big-time just yet. It is possible to donate breastmilk but not many breastfeeding mums know they can. I only discovered it was possible to donate milk here recently after seeing a television advertisement about it. And just today I happened to read an article here stating just how urgently supplies are required.
"The Sperrin Lakeland Human Milk Bank, the only one of its kind in the province, needs donor breast milk as it is running low in supplies."
So we still have a long way to go... unlike the US where many women choose to donate their breastmilk for the wellbeing of premature babies who absolutely thrive on it. Until now a non-profit organisation, HMBANA, was solely responsible for collecting and processing the milk for hospitals. However, things are changing...
Apparently a for-profits company is now collecting and processing the milk and then selling it back to hospitals at hugely inflated prices, from $26 to $43 an ounze. Now how's that for profiteering? Kind of makes me angry... To find out more about the whole issue read an extremely well put together article here.