10 Facts About Sharing Breast Milk

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Cynthia Ramnarace on Aug 7, 2009 at 1:14PM

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1. You can use donated breast milk.

a Cynthia Ramnarace on Aug 7, 2009 at 1:14PM

The benefits of breastfeeding are probably clear to you at this point, but how far would you go to get breast milk for your baby? If you couldn’t breastfeed, would you accept breast milk from a stranger?On the flipside, would you donate your milk to babies in need if you had extra to give? That’s exactly what lots of new moms are doing. Here’s a look at how women are sharing breast milk today.

1. You can use donated breast milk.

There are two ways to get another woman’s breast milk: Through an official milk bank or through private donors. You’ll need a doctor’s prescription to purchase milk from one of the country’s 10 milk banks. Milk from banks has been screened and pasteurized to ensure that it’s safe. The private donor system, run mostly through Web sites like MilkShare, is unregulated. Mothers connect on the site and make arrangements to share milk. Before they receive any milk, mothers are cautioned to screen donors thoroughly and pasteurize the donated milk at home.

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