CORALVILLE, IA (KWWL/CNN) - For years studies have shown breast-feeding makes babies healthier and stronger, but for many moms breast-feeding is not possible - forcing some to turn to online milk sharing sites.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the FDA now suggest not using breast milk directly from a donor or the internet, because of the safety risks.
But there are other options, doctors suggests using milk from a milk bank because it undergoes additional safety measures and is pasteurized to ensure safety.
"Anyplace where there's a baby in need of milk, lacking mother's own milk, there's milk for them," said Jean Drulis, director of Mother's Milk Ban of Iowa.
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America is recognized as a safer option for breast milk needs compared to online communities.
A new study published in the Journal Pediatrics found that milk bought online through social media sites is more than twice as likely to be contaminated with infection-causing bacteria than milk from one of the 16-self regulated non-profit milk banks in the HMBNA Network.
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