October 21, 2013

Unregulated Industry

1 Breast Milk Sold Online Is Often Contaminated

Many studies indicate that breast milk protects infants from infections. While health care providers encourage new moms to breastfeed, this is not always possible. Adoptive parents, mothers who have had mastectomies or those who don’t produce enough milk often rely on milk-sharing websites. Now, a new report finds that breast milk purchased online was often contaminated with bacteria and, in some cases, with salmonella in amounts sufficient to sicken an infant. Researchers found that 64% of samples purchased from online sites were contaminated with staph, 36% with strep and 3/4 with other bacteria. Researchers recommend purchasing milk from milk banks which, while not entirely devoid of bacteria, is considerably cleaner than that from milk-sharing websites.

More at NYTomes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Alicia Silverstone's Breast Milk Share Plan

Tags: Breastfeeding, Contaminated Breast Milk

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