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Buying Breast Milk Online Remains a Risky Proposition

Efforts to promote breast feeding as the best option for infants may have lead some parents to believe formula is not a good option and to turn to the Internet to find someone else’s milk, a practice the FDA says is unsafe.

Efforts to promote breastfeeding as the best option for infants may have led some parents to believe formula is not a good option and to turn to the Internet to find someone else’s milk, a practice the FDA says is unsafe.

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Breast May Be Best, But Buying Breast Milk on the Internet Is Risky, Says Study

A new study suggests that other characteristics of the women and families who breastfeed may be responsible for improving their infants’ health—not just the act of nursing or breast milk itself.

Some women who are unable to breastfeed turn to the Internet to buy breast milk from others who produce more than they need. While this may seem like a good use of modern technology to share a scarce and important resource, new research suggests it could be dangerous.

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