10 Facts About Sharing Breast Milk

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

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2. Breast milk sharing isn't just for women who don't produce enough.

a Cynthia Ramnarace on Aug 7, 2009 at 1:13PM

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all babies be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of their lives. Not all women are able to do this, for a variety of reasons. Some women don't produce enough milk; are too ill after delivery to pump or breastfeed right away; have had mastectomies to treat breast cancer and can't nurse; have illnesses such as HIV that can be transmitted through breast milk; or need to take medications that are passed into their breast milk. In these cases—and any number of others—donated breast milk can be a good option.

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