Being cautious of “milk sharing”

MASON CITY, Iowa – There is a warning out there for mom’s who are getting their breast milk online.

It’s called “milk sharing” and it’s a resource available for moms who are unable to breastfeed.

Many moms are impacted by this, however many are still interesting in feeding their baby breast milk because of the health benefits.

The sharing can be done in person or online, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that if you’re not careful, the milk you receive could be harmful to your baby.

Understanding where your baby’s food is coming from is crucial since a recent study done by the FDA, found that a small amount of breast milk samples they looked at tested positive for salmonella.

Alissa Gomez-Dean is a breastfeeding counselor for Breastfeeding USA, says that while you always run a risk going through online options, some of the sites are reputable and can be a wonderful resource for getting breast milk.

“What I would usually do,” she says, “is look at the site and see if they pay mothers for the milk. If they don’t, then I know that they’re a nonprofit, but I would also look to see if they’re endorsed by anybody or if it happens through a hospital, then that’s probably the best way to go.”

Gomez-Dean says that the worst way to acquire breast milk would be to receive milk from a mom directly, unless you know the donor, because it will not go through a middleman party to be tested for diseases or anything that could hurt your child.

For more information about breastfeeding or milk sharing options, you can visit the Breastfeeding USA’s Facebook page.

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