Human milk banks--why not???
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|Wed, 04-09-2003 - 8:23am|
How is it that you can be so seemingly blindly trusting of a product that is made in mass quantities in a large factory, a product that has had MAJOR recalls in the past (in general), including ones that are life-threatening, when you wouldn't trust human milk which has never had a recall and I can't say I've ever heard of a human milk bank having had a batch of recalled milk either (I'm sure it'd be ALL OVER THE NEWS if it had happened, unfortunately!)?
How can you be so accepting of a substance made with the milk of another species, that is not screened, that could very well have BSE in it, when you wouldn't trust that human milk donors are thoroughly screened before donating? Heck, we have to pass blood tests and can't even donate if we've got the common cold, and yet the milk is pasteurized before it gets redistributed to any babies!
How can you accept something with cheap oils as fat substance when you don't seem to trust that human milk has all the good PUFA long chain fats that are necessary for proper brain development?
How can you undermine all these, when milk from a milk bank is pasteurized, which kills off any bad "bugs" anyhow (though admittedly, it also kills off most,if not all, the antibodies too...)? I mean, a lot of people here drink bovine milk on a regular basis and it too is "just pasteurized" and the cows it comes from are hardly screened in the same way we milk donors are. Who knows what kinds of things you're submitting your body to on a regular basis with pasteurized milk from cows... ;-)
As far as I can see, the risk factor would be if the human milk bank were to screw up and send out a batch of unpasteurized milk. Like I say, I've never seen/heard of such a recall before. I think that such a mistake is much less likely in a small operation such as a milk bank than in a large factory setting IMHO. If they DID manage to screw things up that badly, the risk would be that MAYBE some milk that was conataminated with some virus or bacteria could be fed to your child. Major MAYBE here... But assuming the child died from such a thing...how different is that from the child dying from milk in a recalled can that was recalled for some life-threatening reason such as Enterobactor satzkii (sp?) in it? How is it really ANY different at all? A death is a death, but as far as I can see, it would be much LESS likely with milk from a milk bank...given the recall list on artificial infant milk.
I just find it mind-boggling is all, and I'd like for someone to explain it to me. I don't want to hear "I've done the research and I trust it"...I want to know WHY you trust it (more than donated pasteurized milk)? Tell me something I don't know...open my eyes here, OK? ;-)