Bacteria found in breast milk purchased online



Posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 2:30 PM

More and more women are donating breast milk around the country to parents hoping to provide exclusive breast milk for newborns and infants. In 2010, the FDA recommended against obtaining milk from the Internet in milk-sharing groups. New research out this week confirms that milk purchased online may be contaminated and potentially risky.

Breastfeeding and Choices

  • About 77 percent of women who deliver babies breastfeed their newborn


  • Babies recommended for 6 months of exclusively breast milk


  • By 6 months, only about half of moms are breast feeding


  • FDA recommends against buying milk online


  • Milk banks are safer, as they pasteurize milk and test donors


Pediatrics Study

  • Over 100 samples of Internet breast milk


  • Three-fourths of the sample had bacterial contamination


  • One-fifth had virus contamination


  • The longer shipping, the more likely it was to have bacteria


  • Compared Internet milk to milk donated to milk bank

What Parents Need To Know:

  • There is plenty of research that breast milk is best


  • Look for HMBANA-member milk banks


  • Don’t buy breast milk from Internet sellers


  • Talk with pediatrician if you have a premature baby!


  • Moms should seek help if milk supply decreasing



FDA report on Internet milk sharing

Find a HMBANA milk bank

Breastfeeding statistics

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