Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Monday, August 19, 2013


Often when I'm on the road, I'll end up watching France 2's Télématin program while getting ready in the morning.  It's sort of like the French version of the Today Show, but not as fun.  So the other day, I was listening to it in my hotel room while repacking my suitcase, and I heard something about "lactariums".  That caught my attention, so I turned the volume up, and it was a reporter encouraging mothers to continue donating their breast milk during the August vacation.  I was like "Wait a minute, what??".

The reporter went on to explain that there are 15 different departments in France where women can donate their breastmilk.  You can either keep it at home in your freezer in bottles provided by the Lactariums and someone will come by and pick it up once or twice a month, or you can freeze it and drop it off at an approved maternity ward.

Once the milk has been collected, it is tested for a variety of diseases and bacteria, and then it is mixed with other milk for quality control and then it all gets pasteurized.  The Lactariums in France collect enough milk to feed 50,000 premature babies per year.

That got me then thinking about whether or not this exists in the US, so I turned to my friend Wikipedia, and what do you know - "Human Milk Banks" also exist in North America.  There are twelve in the US and one in Canada, and they also aim to provide milk primarily to preemies. 

You learn something new every day, huh?

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Blogger Reb said...

Hey Sam, it does exist in the US but the standards are really really strict. I gave milk to the lactarium here in Lille. They required a blood test, a doctor's follow-up and then they gave me sterilized bottles, told me how to handle the milk, etc. So not sure that answers your question. Apparently, quite a few women do it in FRance but not sure about the US...although it does exist.

August 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Canedolia said...

Those courgettes look great. I was hoping to make jam this autumn, and pick-your-own places are definitely the best place to get fruit for that. If only I hadn't had to sell my car ...

August 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Lil said...

And, talking about milk-related stuff, my newborn nephew recently was diagnosed with neonatal milk. It was only for a few days, but it got us fairly surprised. I mean, baby (boy) who's lactating?

August 31, 2013 at 2:38 PM  

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