Response to Online Milk Sharing Study

January 31, 2014

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that breast milk purchased online had more bacteria and viruses than unpasteurized samples of milk donated to a milk bank, reflecting poor collection, storage, or shipping practices. Responding to extensive media coverage on the study, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published the blog post, “Online milk sales, beyond ‘buyer beware”, analyzing the study design and news coverage and offering recommendations. AAP News, the official news magazine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, published the article “Breast milk is best from mom or milk bank, not bought online”, highlighting the study and related recommendations from national health authorities. Also see the USBC Statement on the Safe Use of Donor Human Milk.

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