Breast Milk Sharing

Goddess Huntress | Breast Milk Sharing

Many of you may be aware of Alicia Silverstone’s recent launch of her Kind Life breast milk sharing program, where moms who are not producing any or enough milk can find a vegan nursing milk donor who is willing to share their breast milk with moms who are underproducing.

While the intent and purpose is beautiful and comes from a good place (especially for those that can’t afford formula), I have one big problem with it.

A milk donor with a vegan/organic lifestyle and is disease-free is not enough for me.

My biggest concern with breast milk sharing is of course the sharing of toxins from the environment the donor lives in.  What is her tap water quality? Does she use plastic, Teflon, and canned goods in the kitchen? What cleaning products does she use (including laundry)? Does she wear or is exposed to synthetic fragrances regularly? What are her mercury levels? Does she have implants (absorbing off-gases from casing)? What toxins has she been exposed to at work?  Will she find out later that she is living on or close to toxic waste? Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc.

I think it is fair to know the answers to these questions (and more), if you are considering using a donor. The only problem is that those answers may not be easy to come by…

In 2005, author Florence Williams had her breast milk tested for fire retardants for an article in the New York Times, an eye-opening piece on the toxins that American breast milk contains. Florence, also author of  Los Angeles Times book prize winner for science and technology  Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, lived a very conscious, organic eating, toxin-avoiding lifestyle when she found out her breast milk contained pesticides, dioxin, and high levels of flame retardants. Scary. (It was her NYT article that got me so upset that this restaurant in NY defended their serving of breast milk cheese in 2010…luckily, the Health Dept. agreed with me too.)

What is very concerting is studies have found breast milk to inhibit some toxins in such a way that babies metabolize some toxins with no problem.  Our bodies are incredible geniuses.

Then there is formula, which has its own slew of  ingredient toxicity controversies and recalls, not to mention the really unfortunate condescending looks formula-using moms receive from some breast-feeding moms… elitism is never a good look. Do select your formula with a fine-toothed comb and do your due diligence with research (non-GMO, BPA-free, DHA, etc.).

At the end of the day, you really have to pick your poison if you are unable to produce any/enough milk or  are supplementing formula with breastfeeding.

When it comes down to it, everyone’s breast milk will test positive for toxins.  I just wouldn’t want my donor’s milk to be more toxic than mine.

What is your take?

OGmama Organic Mama

Goddess Huntress | OGmama

Mother’s Day is around the corner and I’m surrounded by so many mamas-to-be!  What better time to honor all the beautiful pregnant ladies than Mother’s Day.

Trillium Organics, renowned for their organic skincare, have two other additions to their healthy family: OGmama and OGbaby! Organic Lavender Belly Butter, Body Polish, Gentle Soap, and Moisture Oil to spoil mamas and tea tree or fragrance free soaps, balms, oils, and rubs for the babes…sans the toxins.

Goddess Huntress | OGmama Skin Soothing Sampler

For Mother’s Day, I definitely suggest gifting their luxurious Skin Soothing Sampler,  a collection of their trial size samples of their OGmama products.  If you purchase now until May 5th (Margarita Day), you will receive 10% off all OGmama products!

Happy Mother’s Day to all my mamas-to-be!

New Baby Scent

Goddess Huntress | Baby Fragrance

Many of you got word of Dolce Gabbana’s fragrance launch for babies a couple weeks back.

I didn’t bat an eyelash, nor dropped a jaw. I was de-scenticized…because I wore fragrance at a very young age…diaper age.

I wore fragrance every day to school, preschool on up.

When I read about the controversial luxury children’s fragrance, I was surprised that these luxury scents didn’t come into the marketplace earlier. Growing up, I wore cologne for babies by Mennen, or Colonia Mennen Para Bebe.  In Latin America, and a few other cultures, it is standard to adorn children and babies with cologne. With every trip to Costa Rica growing up, I came back with a new cologne bottle.

Had we only known better…

Wee ones do not need to hang out with these fragrance lurkers:

  • Diethyl phthalate – mimics hormones, linked to abnormal reproductive organs and sperm damage
  • BHT – toxic to immune, nervous, and respiratory systems, endocrine disruptor, possible carcinogen
  • Oxybenzone – potential photocarcinogen, endocrine disruptor, linked to lower birth weight
  • Octinoxate – endocrine disruptor, increases uterus weight
  • Limonene – can create formaldehyde as a byproduct when exposed to ozone

Keep the wee ones protected. The only “luxury” fragrance that can come close to wee ones should be natural.

Am I the only crazy pants toddler that smelled of synthetic roses here?

 

 

Zoe Organics Giveaway!

There has been a big missing here on GH since it is inception…I’ve neglected all you beautiful baby mamas and all your gorgeous babies.

Well, I’m going to drop that habit  by launching GH Mom + Babe features with a GIVEAWAY from Zoe Organics!

I consider Zoe Organics a refreshing and innovative brand in the ever-growing pregnancy and baby care industry.  The line is not only soothing and nourishing for baby, mom, and the whole family, it just looks plain smart.  The packaging and brand design is fantastic and fresh.  If you know me, not only do I want products to perform, I want them to look good!  Since Zoe Organics really pulled at my natural performance + design heart strings, I must start off GH’s Mom + Babe coverage with them.

Heather Hamilton, named Zoe Organics after her niece who lost her mom at 3 years old.  Zoe’s mom Suzanne was a huge inspiration in Heather’s life, so she thought her brand deserved nothing less than be named after Zoe. Heather sought out to develop a skincare line that combined performance, luxury, and social responsibility for the whole family.  Here is Heather with her daughter Grace showcasing all that is Zoe Organics. I just get a kick out of Grace putting the products in her mouth!

Zoe Organics is generously giving away a choice of a Pregnancy Gift Set or a Baby Gift Set (pictured above) to one Goddess Huntress winner next Tuesday, November 27th! This is such a fantastic gift for the holidays or for yourself!

For your chance to win a Zoe Organics Gift Set, leave a comment below with your favorite holiday memory as a child.  

The winner will be announced at the bottom of this post, November 27th.

Update: The winner is Krystina!!! I will email you soon!