Buying breast milk via the internet or through individuals may not be advisable, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Breast milk is available for sale on some online forums like OnlytheBreast and EatsonFeets. This milk is made available from lactating mothers who make more breast milk than required for their nursing babies.
According to International Board Certified Lactation consultant Sam Doak, mom's milk is still the best option for the baby, followed by milk expressed by the mother, human milk from another lactating mother and then formula feeds. However government agencies have warned,"The donor is unlikely to have been adequately screened for infectious diseases or contamination risk."
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