Sources of breast milk on Internet stir warning

April 5, 2015

"Ten percent of breast milk bought over the Internet is tainted with cows’ milk, according to a new study done by the same group of scientists who, two years ago, found very high levels of potentially dangerous bacteria and other micro-organisms in breast milk sold online.

“Buying breast milk online from strangers to feed your baby seems like one of the stupidest things you could possibly do,” said Dr. Valerie Flaherman, a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. “If you just want to bathe in it, wash your hair, I don’t know — that would be fine. You could water your garden with it. But the idea of eating it, no. I wouldn’t buy chocolate chip cookies from a stranger online,” she said. “I’m not going to give a baby breast milk.”

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