Is buying breast milk online safe? -


Is buying breast milk online safe?

A medical journal published a report that found breast milk bought online was often highly contaminated.

Researchers bought and tested 101 breast milk samples and nearly three-fourths of the samples bought from women on the site, Only the Breast, contained high amounts of bacteria that could make babies sick.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Assistant Professor Dr. Amanda Deel encourages mothers who receive and donate to do so through doctors.

"That milk has been tested and the donors are very educated in hand hygiene and proper storage of milk," she said. "You don't know if (the milk supplied via the Internet) is all human milk that's being sold. Secondly, you don't know how that milk was obtained."

After Pediatrics released the study, Only the Breast announced a change in its milk-sharing policies.

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