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Express delivery: Kids get breast milk even when mum's miles away

Mothers in Thailand have been taking advantage of a programme that lets them send breast milk to their children living elsewhere

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A programme in selected Thai provinces offers free shipping of frozen breast milk, helping mothers who are not able to be with their babies because of work requirements.
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Ms Parawee Kromnoy is determined to breastfeed her five-month-old daughter, who is being looked after by her parents, despite living and working more than 1,200km away from her baby.

Even if she freezes her milk and sends it to her home in Isan, the north-eastern region of Thailand, via a delivery service - which can be expensive - the milk may thaw along the way.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2019, with the headline Express delivery: Kids get breast milk even when mum's miles away. Subscribe