Word of the Week

baby-milk-bottle1Milk Bank: n. a bank for human milk for babies whose mothers can’t breastfeed.

Talking with a patron the other day I learned that the oldest service of a Woman’s Club she belongs to (one her grandmother was part of) was a milk bank where well off women would pump their milk for women who had none. The milk was given to women who couldn’t afford a wet nurse. (Also the practice of wet nurses diminished in the 19th century.)

The Evanston Women’s Club no longer has a milk bank, but The Milk Bank in Indiana still provides this service. In Vietnam, South Africa and probably other countries.