Your Healthy Family

Oct 22, 2013 10:36 AM by Annie Snead

Your Healthy Family: Breast Milk Bacteria

Some moms who can't produce their own breast milk go online to get it. But investigators at Nationwide Children's Hospital examined breast milk bought over the internet and found bacteria.

Mother's Milk Bank in Denver sends donated breast milk all across the country. They have a strict screening process and the milk is pasteurized, killing bacteria.

The examinations revealed out of 101 samples purchased online, three quarters were contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria. The longer it took to ship, the more bacteria found in the samples.

A spokesperson for Mothers' Milk Bank says the findings are not surprising.

Experts say there is no effective home remedy for killing the bacteria that's multiplied during shipment, and advise women to donate their extra supply to a milk bank.

 

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