Spokesman for the American Red Cross, Eric Porterfield, says, don't send any breast milk, "I’m 100 percent sure we didn’t ask for that." According to reports, "The international Emergency Nutrition Network has asked one group, the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, to retract a press release this week that issued an “urgent call” for breast milk for orphaned and premature infants in Haiti, saying the donations contradict best practices for babies in emergencies."
I agree that we should not send breast milk. Women can and should breastfeed during a crisis which came up during World Breastfeeding Week 2009 when the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), and breastfeeding advocates sought to dispel common misconceptions and myths surrounding breastfeeding during emergencies, because crisis or not, breastfeeding is best. The WABA notes that when emergency relief teams come in with formula and bottles babies suffer and it's also not as healthy for mamas.
Breast milk donations also result in problems related to transportation, screening, supply and storage and create an “unfeasible and unsafe intervention,” according to a statement from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, or OFDA.