Narrowing down the true risks of donor milk

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Narrowing down the true risks of donor milk
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Sun, 01-23-2011 - 2:59am

The articles in the news a while back about the supposed dangers of mother-to-mother breastmilk sharing got me thinking about just how might you actually quantify the actual risks. I know we have tried to figure out what the actually risks might be once before and concluded that it was impossible to specifically quantify the risks but I was wondering if it's possible to at least narrow the risk down to some sort of range that it would fall into. So I was thinking about what sort of statistics and other info you would to quantify the risk of mom-to-mom BM sharing in any particular case or in general. Thus I first devised a list of info you would want to know to have a base risk level to start with. Obviously the risk of contracting any deadly or dangerous disease through milk sharing is not going to be greater the risk of contracting that disease in general. Knowing that figure would allow us a starting point from which we could narrow it down based on other know info. Of course as of the present we are always going to have some unknowns so we will always end up with only range of risk levels and thus never be able to get specific as to the actual risk. But I think it''s may be possible to arrive at a general sense of the risk level such that we can decide whether the warnings issued by the FDA and various health agencies about mom-to-mom BM sharing being too risky is justified.

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Sun, 01-23-2011 - 8:41pm

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