Women sharing breast milk
I blogged last week about a new emphasis the federal government is putting on breast feeding, but because of health reasons many mothers aren't able to do it even if they want to.
To get the benefits that come with breast feeding, some mothers are getting their breast milk from other women. An NPR article explores the practice.
The article talks about a facebook group called "Eats on Feets" that helps moms find women willing to donate breast milk. The idea is for mothers to be able to get the milk for free.
But the Food and Drug Administration warns that feeding babies donated milk leaves them exposed to diseases, such as HIV. The NPR article said that there are milk banks that mothers can use where the women who donate are tested for diseases.
In promoting breast feeding last week the Surgeon General's office pointed to research that has shown breastfeeding protects babies from infection and illnesses, such as diarrhea and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop asthma, according to the surgeon general's office. Babies who breastfeed for six months are less likely to become obese.
Breastfeeding is also good for moms who have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
But is it worth taking the risk of using another women's breast milk? What do readers think?