Published On: Thu, Apr 27th, 2017

OMG! Breast Milk Being Sold Online. Beware. FDA Warns, May Be Contaminated (Part I)

Women with infant sometimes realize their toddler have been graduated to solid foods and hence they require breast milk to the least and the freezer at home is still packed with pumped milk. The best thing to do then is to donate it that can be used to feed fragile infants.

A nonprofit group named Milk Bank in San Jose, California, stores such donated breast milk to feed fragile infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

The trend is catching up and increasing numbers of women are selling the milk too as its a boon to those mothers who can’t produce enough milk.

However, the practice is currently posing ethical challenge and also raising public health questions.

OMG! Breast Milk Being Sold Online. Beware. FDA Warns, May Be Contaminated (Part I)

There are several questions which are asked by regulators, physicians and others whether premature, sickly babies should be given access to such milk and should the women be paid for donating it even if in some cases the mother may deprive their own infants. Some safeguards are the ensured.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says testing of such milk is not required, but couple of states including New York and California enforce some safety standards and several nonprofit organization screens the donor.

OMG! Breast Milk Being Sold Online. Beware. FDA Warns, May Be Contaminated (Part II)

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade.

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