Buying Online Breast Milk Can Kill Your Baby
Believe it or not, it can.
Researchers found that the unregulated online breast milk market has turned up with some impurities.
Anyone else feel this is a no brainer?
However, many new mothers can't breastfeed, and with the best of intentions, may resort to buying breast milk on the internet, sprouting a black market of sorts.
A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that breast milk donated or sold on two popular milk-sharing websites had been contaminated with bacteria that could potentially harm an infant, including salmonella and fecal matter.
Researchers tested 101 samples and found 64 percent contaminated with staph, 36 percent had strep, and a staggering 74 percent contained so much bacteria that it would fail the Human Milk Banking Association’s standards.
Unfortunately, improper handling, storage and handling were also identified as contributing factors to the samples' tainted quality. Medical Daily reports that 19 percent of online sellers did not provide dry ice to keep breast milk samples at the appropriate temperature during delivery.
So if you don’t know how the breast milk was collected, stored or shipped, chances are it's not worth the risk.
Would you buy breast milk online?