FDA: Breast Milk Should Not be Bought Online

By CNN

Published 10/22 2013 04:09PM

Updated 10/22 2013 08:53PM

IOWA -- For years, studies have shown breastfeeding makes babies healthier and stronger. But for many moms breastfeeding is not possible. And some turn to online milk sharing sites.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the FDA now suggest not using breast milk directly from a donor or the internet because of the safety risks.

But there are other options. Doctors suggests using milk from a milk bank because it undergoes additional safety measures and is pasteurized to ensure safety.

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America is recognized as a safer option for breast milk needs compared to online communities.

A new study found milk bought online through social media sites is more than twice as likely to be contaminated with infection-causing bacteria than milk from milk banks.

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