Should wet nursing be illegal?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Should wet nursing be illegal?
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Sun, 12-19-2010 - 7:55pm

What do you think? Should there be laws preventing women from informally sharing breastmilk? What about sharing pumped breastmilk?

When Gisele (no groaning) suggested that women should be legally influenced to breastfeed, a lot of people were up in arms about personal freedom. Does the same hold true to sharing breastmilk? Is it entirely a personal choice, or do you thing "there otta be a law"?

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Sun, 12-19-2010 - 8:49pm

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Sun, 12-19-2010 - 9:09pm
Since we currently cannot accurately quantify the actual risk I would not be in favor making it against the law. I think it's something that each mother should decide for themselves about whether it's worth the risk. Even if we determined it was "too risky" and tried to ban it I suspect many mothers who currently practice it would continue anyway despite the law. I don't ever imagine them being able to prove the risk is so great that banning it would be justified. I think it will always be something, like home birth or formula use where mothers will be free to decide in their own whether the risk is worth it (assuming it's a choice rather then not an emergency birth at home or formula by medical necessity.)

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 11:04am
My position is the same as it was for a possible BFing law: I could see how someone might think there should be such a law, but I think it would be a bad idea. It should be a matter of the parents' personal choice, to be made with an evaluation of the risks, benefits, costs, and other factors, just like FF vs. BF.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2006
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 1:23pm

No, it should not be illegal.

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 1:40pm

Isn't it a form of milk-sharing when you use formula? You are sharing the milk from a cow.

Although I don't think the baby calf gets any of that milk, so I guess you are just sharing the cow's milk with everyone else that is using formula. Or drinking milk.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-16-2010
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 2:10pm

No, there oughtn't (is that a word? lol) be a law.

nisupulla wrote:

What do you think? Should there be laws preventing women from informally sharing breastmilk? What about sharing pumped breastmilk?

When Gisele (no groaning) suggested that women should be legally influenced to breastfeed, a lot of people were up in arms about personal freedom. Does the same hold true to sharing breastmilk? Is it entirely a personal choice, or do you thing "there otta be a law"?

Kevali


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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-13-2005
Fri, 12-24-2010 - 7:41pm
No. What we need is more education for mothers on how to minimize the risks involved. When done intelligently, the risks are minimal, far less than the risks in using ABM.

Ideally though, there would be more support for moms to succeed in their own breastfeeding (i.e. free access to IBCLCs for every mother) so fewer women needed to supplement anything, donor milk or ABM.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Sun, 12-26-2010 - 8:54pm

Ideally though, there would be more support for moms to succeed in their own breastfeeding (i.e. free access to IBCLCs for every mother) so fewer women needed to supplement anything, donor milk or ABM.

ITA! Welcome to the debate!

Community Leader
Registered: 02-06-2006
Tue, 12-28-2010 - 4:35pm
I'm generally not in favor of anything people informally share or casually contract among themselves to provide, being outlawed or regulated. Same goes for breastmilk sharing.

If I make a casserole for my neighbor, I don't expect it to be subjected to the same regulations as food produced by a restaurant or catering service. If I babysit my sister's kids, I don't expect to be held to criteria set forth for commercial daycare providers.

So, if I nursed someone's baby or pumped breastmilk for them, I wouldn't expect that behavior to be regulated as if I were engaging a large scale commercial enterprise.

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