Breastmilk sharing

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Breastmilk sharing
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Tue, 12-14-2010 - 8:03pm

I saw this comment in response to an article on cross nursing [I'll look for the link]

Breast milk is a body fluid. Would you ride a guy without wrapping it up? Would you swallow? I work in health care and let me tell you infectious diseases are everywhere and people you would never dream to be infected by Hep A, B or C, HIV, HTLV or something else are. Even your family members can be infected. Also, the whole population is doing illegal drugs, especially marijuana. All of those pass into breast milk. Many women take antidepressants and those pass into breast milk. What one woman thinks is ok for her baby or she doesn't care about she would happily sell or trade her surplus milk to you. She doesn't care and lots of people think this way. Breast milk is very healthy but buying untested milk is like riding bareback. You might do it but what about your baby?

Wow. The bias of the poster just oozes out. Don't you think?

S/he equates breastfeeding to sex. S/he claims to be an authority (healthcare). S/he highlights antidepressants as a noteworthy risk (erroneously).

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Tue, 12-14-2010 - 9:41pm
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Wed, 12-15-2010 - 8:31am

There are so many ignorant comments there where do you even begin?

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Registered: 05-02-2006
Wed, 12-15-2010 - 1:33pm

I think this comment makes an excellent point:

Why would any "sane person get milk from an unknown source" and give it to their baby? Beats me, but millions of women do it every day when they give their babies formula. Do you know the exact source of the cow your baby's formula comes from? Who was the farmer, what did the cow eat, does it have any illnesses? No, people don't know that information and they happily give their children gallons of formula. At least with milk-sharing you know a bit more about the source of your baby's food.

The fact is that when you use formula, the source of the milk is just as "unknown" and just as potentially dangerous.

2010 Siggy
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Registered: 05-02-2006
Wed, 12-15-2010 - 1:37pm

And what's with all the comments about Fed-Ex'ing the milk, buying from someone across the country, etc?

2010 Siggy
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Thu, 12-16-2010 - 9:36am

There is little to no evidence to date which shows that HIV is transmitted through breastmilk. In fact, as seminal research indicates, it is becoming less and less likely that it does.

I'd love to know where you get this from.

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Thu, 12-16-2010 - 5:32pm
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Thu, 12-16-2010 - 6:51pm

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Thu, 12-16-2010 - 7:10pm

the risk of infection from a single bottle of breast milk, even if the mother is HIV positive, is extremely small.

Yes. The CDC also states it this way:

Transmission of HIV from single breast milk exposure has never been documented.

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