“I was in tears. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t realize that much community spirit existed in Hong Kong, which is usually so money, money, money.”
The spread of the virus is fostering similar milk drives — originating online but with real-world results — globally. Donating breast milk is legal but unregulated in most countries.
In the UK, similar informal efforts are taking place around the country.
American writer and influencer Jenny Tamas, who has millions of followers across social media, launched a nationwide milk drive via Instagram after hearing of mothers left distraught and unable to feed their babies because panic buying had left formula shelves empty.
Tamas’ project enabled mothers needing breast milk from each state to match up with donors.
“It gives immediate power to moms with hungry babies that feel as though they haven’t any. And when you have a baby who is hungry and you have no other options, you don’t have time to wait.
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