Wednesday, May 18, 2011

An Important Note About the Videos

In one of Laura's videos about freezing breastmilk, you can see that she laid the bags of milk flat in the door of her freezer, and once they were frozen, moved them into the main part compartment. The purpose of doing it this way is to freeze the bags of milk in uniform shapes and sizes to make for both easier storage, and safer shipping.

I have heard from several different people that some members of the online milksharing community have publicly accused Laura of storing breastmilk in the freezer door long term. As many are aware, that is not a safe place to store milk for long periods of time. The door of the freezer is exposed to the warm air much more than the inside is, and that exposure cuts down on the freezer life of the milk. I am told that these people claimed that Laura was sending my baby bad milk which would make him sick.

Because this was apparently made public, I feel the need to set the record straight:

Laura has never, ever sent my baby bad milk.

As anyone who pays attention to her video can see, she very specifically stated that the milk was only to be put in the door to freeze flat, then it was moved to the main part of the freezer for safe storage until shipping.

So, if these false statements about Laura were truly made (I have not seen them for myself, so I cannot say for sure), they were spoken out of either ignorance (and lack of ability to pay attention to detail) or malice. Both qualities of which are toxic to the milksharing community.

So just a public service announcement to all of us: When speaking about other people in public, please make sure that you are well-informed of what you are saying. Misinformation can cause a lot of harm.

And to anyone who thinks of making up rumors to hurt another human being, I urge you to think first before you do so. Milksharing is not about competition or petty games. It is a humanitarian effort for the greater good. When you wrongfully hurt a person who is volunteering their time to help the milksharing community, you are hurting babies who need milk.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog.

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