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Milk Purchased Online Contains High Levels of Bacteria

The New York Times’ reports on a study published in Pediatrics that has examined the new practice of purchasing breast milk on the internet and has identified disturbing results. The study examined 101 samples of breast milk available on milk-sharing sites, such as eatsonfeets.org, founded for women to share breast milk with other women who may be unable to lactate. Researchers compared these samples to samples from milk banks that “follow voluntary guidelines set up by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.” Results showed that “64 percent of the samples from milk-sharing sites were contaminated with staph, 36 percent with strep, and almost three-quarters with other bacterial species” and that “seventy-four percent of the samples would have failed milk bank criteria.” Pediatricians urge women to turn to the regulated milk banks for sources of milk absent of high levels of contamination that can cause negative outcomes in children.

Read it in The New York Times.

Read the study in Pediatrics.