Milk sharing and formula feeding: Infant feeding risks in comparative perspective?

Karleen D. Gribble, Bernice L. Hausman

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Abstract

The advent of Internet forums that facilitate peer-to-peer human milk sharing has resulted in health authorities stating that sharing human milk is dangerous. There are risks associated with all forms of infant feeding, including breastfeeding and the use of manufactured infant formulas. However, health authorities do not warn against using formula or breastfeeding; they provide guidance on how to manage risk. Cultural distaste for sharing human milk, not evidenced-based research, supports these official warnings. Regulating bodies should conduct research and disseminate information about how to mitigate possible risks of sharing human milk, rather than proscribe the practice outright.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-283
Number of pages9
JournalAustralasian Medical Journal
Volume5
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 11 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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