FDA Cautions Against Using Secondhand Breast Milk
January 5, 2012
Health experts are warning about the potential dangers of breast milk-sharing.
Nonprofit US breast milk banks reported $9 million in annual sales in 2010. Buyers include mothers who do not produce enough of their own milk to breastfeed, those with medical issues, and adoptive and gay parents. The milk banks screen donors and treat the donated milk. But about 3 percent of 1,019 potential donors screened positive for antibodies to diseases like HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis, according to a 2010 study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition. Its authors concluded that casual sharing from unscreened donors may carry "significant risk."View Full Article
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