Breastfeeding another mother’s baby is thought to be safe when taking precautions to make sure that the seller/donor is well screened. Some diseases can be transmitted through breastmilk, like HIV and Syphilis. The seller or the buyer can also pasteurize the breast milk which can kill viruses and bacteria, however pasteurizing also takes out many nutrients.
Precaution that a family receiving breast milk can take:
Do reject breast milk from sellers/donors that you feel uncomfortable with, live an unhealthy lifestyle, do not have complete medical health history or who refuse to get blood-work done.
When purchasing breast milk your seller should be carefully screened and tested. They should be in good health, not using illegal drugs, and not consuming alcohol the day of pumping.
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