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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

  1. Register to login to the system.
  2. Look for the potential match for you, contact them directly via private message.
  3. Key in the number of milk you donate in the system.
  4. Milk transaction more than five bottles will include the donor/recipients in your family tree as milk mother/child.

Note: Successful milk sharing relationships between donors and recipients are based on mutual understanding, informed choice and respect. This process is best done by starting with corresponding via private messages or private email.

 A choice that been made after fully understanding the options, including the risks and benefits of all infant and child feeding methods.

  • Provide medical advice or clinical care.
  • Provide contracts or questionnaires.
  • Decide who should receive breastmilk.
  • Collect, store or distribute breastmilk.
  • Act as mediators or advisors if difficulties or misunderstandings occur between parties.
  • Accept liability for the outcomes associated with sharing breastmilk.
  • Expect mothers to try to increase their supply in order to donate or receive milk.

Expectations will vary depending on the individual donor and recipient. Openness and full disclosure from all parties is important.

If the recipient and donor unable to reach an agreement or does not feel comfortable, there is no obligation to do the milk sharing with that person. Please find another potential match to find a more suitable arrangement. KongsiSusu.my is not responsible for the outcome of any milk sharing arrangements.

Full disclosure reduces risk. Suggested points of discussion can include medications, alcohol and drug use. In many countries, testing for infectious diseases is done during routine prenatal/antenatal care. You may be able to consult a health care provider to obtain further testing if desired. Some diseases to consider are HIV, hepatitis B and C,
syphilis, HTLV, Rubella as well as cytomegalovirus (CMV) and tuberculosis. You can ask for copies of those test results.
If you cannot get a complete picture of the health of your donor, one option is to look into at-home pasteurization.

There is a simple, low-tech form of flash pasteurization, called “flash-heating,” that can be done on stove-top at home. Research indicates it can destroy a number of pathogens while retaining the greatest amount of beneficial properties of breastmilk when compared with other types of pasteurization. This process can be done by the recipient just prior to feeding the baby. See this straight-forward explanation for a “how-to” on flash-heating.

Expressed milk can be stored in various breastmilk containers following the manufacturers’ instructions. Noting the date on the container will make sure it is consumed within a safe time frame. Storage times will vary based on where it is stored.

Whether you are using hand expression or a pump your hands and supplies should be clean and dry and your breasts should also be clean and free of sores or blisters (this last point also applies to wet nursing). Your pump manual will have information about how to properly use and clean it.

KongsiSusu.my does not endorse any order of priority for the sharing of breastmilk with babies and young children. In fact, there are many situations wherein a child or baby would need donated breastmilk, such as death of mother, adoption, foster care, guardian care, low milk production, no milk production, mother’s health. Therefore, it would be ideal if the babies in this kind of situation should be prioritized.

As babies grow and mature, their nutritional needs also change. It is therefore ideal for donor breastmilk to either come from a mother whose baby is around the same age or from a mother who pumped when her baby was around that same age. However, as per the World Health Organization’s guidelines, in most circumstances human milk is
preferable to milk substitutes, even when there is a difference in age.

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the final stage of infection with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). It harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection. There is no known cure for AIDS.

It is known that HIV can be spread via body fluids. HIV can be found in the milk of infected women. Therefore, if you are in any of the high-risk groups listed, please do not donate milk.

(Read more: medlineplus.gov/hivaids)