Sydney mum, Joanne Campbell, was desperate for help when she was unable to breastfeed her son Hayden, or feed him with formula.

Hayden was born tongue-tied so he was unable to breastfeed, and formula caused stomach pains.

The desperate mum took to social media in a bid to find breast milk donors, and the response she received was overwhelming, shares Yahoo Lifestyle.

“After writing my first post about needing milk for Hayden, I was inundated with messages from women who were willing to help,” she says.

“Hayden has benefited so much from other women’s milk.”

Now Joanne picks up almost 1 litre of stranger’s breast milk everyday, and leaves the excess in the freezer.

“The mums on Facebook have been a huge lifeline,” she said. “…without them Hayden would still be facing agonising stomach cramps from the formula milk.”

The new mum has faced some backlash from those who find the unusual method offensive.

“Some people find it disgusting and don’t understand why we’d share another human bodily fluid,” she admits, adding her and partner Adam find it ‘normal’ now.

Others are concerned by the use of unregulated donors, but Joanne insists she trusts the women who give her milk.

“I don’t believe any mums on the Facebook group would donate their breast milk if they had anything that could harm another baby,” she says.

Would you happily donate to a mum in need?

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  • Luckily there are people willing to help her in this situation.

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  • I would donate if I could, I never had any excess!

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  • I don’t think I’d take milk from randoms off facebook. There are heaps of different formulas out there and it takes a bit of trial and error to find a good fit.

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  • I would be wary of getting donated milk from just any random person. At least the milk banks test it etc. also I’d like to know why the mum didn’t express for her baby? My baby was born prematurely and spent time in the NICU with a feeding tube but I was able to express so she was still being fed breastmilk in her tube when tho she couldn’t suck

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  • My eldest had donor milk too. We retrieved it from the milk donor bank via the hospital. I’m thankful she was able to get some breast milk this way.
    I don’t understand why some people find it disgusting to share another humans milk. When we buy a bottle of milk in the super market, we share breast milk from a cow.

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  • If I gad excess, I would donate. I wouldn’t seek out donors on Facebook though. I also would be worried about feeding my tiny human untested milk from another woman. No way!

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