Thursday, 18 October 2012

Mothers Selling Their Breast Milk:A New Trend?

Women in the UK and U.S are selling their breast milk online, despite serious concerns that it could be harmful for babies.Mothers can donate and receive breast milk for free via milk banks. These centres store breast milk for babies whose mothers can't breastfeed. However, they give priority to babies who are sick.

Mothers are using community forums, including Facebook, to make some quick cash out of their extra milk.

Buying breast milk is tempting to new parents struggling to express their own, as it provides babies with better protection against illnesses and allergies compared to formula.The banks collect expressed milk from pre-screened mothers who have a plentiful supply and a baby under six-months old. It is then pasteurised before it is offered to nearby hospitals.

But today doctors in Germany warned new parents against privately obtaining their baby's food through social networks such as Facebook. 

The Professional Association of Pediatricians said that although breast is generally the best option for newborns, mothers unable to breastfeed should not turn to the internet.
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1 comment:

  1. Apart from a woman having a disease that prevents proper milk production,i just wonder what could make one to sell or even buy breast milk for her baby.or are they doin it to keep the breast from sagging?