There is a growing demand for mother’s milk online and since no safety standards are in place, the safety of infants is endangered. A recent study revealed that one out of every 10 samples which were bought online was not 100% pure breast milk. It is believed that sellers are deliberately adding cow’s milk in the lust to earn more money.
A study which was conducted earlier found that 74% of breast milk which was bought online was contaminated with dangerous pathogens like staph, strep or other bacteria.
Our ancestors relied on the wet nurse but in today’s e-commerce world breast milk is available for sale online if you have trouble in breastfeeding.
Sarah Keim, Ph.D., of the Center for Biobehavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio said, “No, it’s quite clear that the risks to your infant’s health and safety are significant and appear to outweigh any benefits they might get from breast milk.”
Even though the breast milk is not regulated by the FDA, the Federal Government stance is very clear: “FDA recommends against feeding your baby breast milk acquired directly from individuals or through the Internet.”
Sarah adds, “There are multiple dangers. One is the risk of infectious disease. HIV, hepatitis and syphilis can be transmitted through breast milk.
A study which was conducted by Stanford University in 2009 in which 1,091 women who wanted to donate their breast milk to a milk bank were screened and 36 tested positive for syphilis, hepatitis B and C and HIV.
Kiem further adds, “There’s also the possibility of the exposure to drugs, prescription drugs or illicit drugs, and those can be very harmful to infants, too.”
A follow up analysis was made and surprisingly one in every 10 samples was found to contain cow’s milk or milk-based formula powder. In other words the samples were not 100% pure mother’s milk. Kiem asks if a baby with cow milk allergy were to drink this milk it would be disastrous.
Worse the researchers also found levels of bovine contamination, at 10%, to be too high to be accidental. It was a simple case of sellers topping off the breast milk for more profit.