Would you feed your child donated breast milk?

Today, an NGO called Milk Matters featured on a morning news broadcast calling on people to donate breast milk.



On their website, they state that their aim is to build up a “milk bank”: a reserve of breast milk that can be used to feed babies in hospitals around the country, particularly those born prematurely or those who are HIV-positive.

This seems like an admirable cause, provided donors are subject to thorough screening processes. The fact is that breast milk is a known carrier of the HIV virus and, as such, carries the same associated risks as donated blood.

Milk Matters seems to have a screening process in place, as well as a good understanding of the risks associated with HIV transmission via breast milk. The question still remains though: would you feel comfortable with your child being fed donated breast milk if you were unable to breast feed?

FACT: The risk of mother-to-child transmission can be drastically lowered by feeding a child only breast milk for the first six months, provided the child is fed no other food, formula or water during this period.
- See more at: http://www.appelbaum.co.za/would-you-feed-your-child-donated-breast-milk/#sthash.kGQhmEGY.dpuf

Today, an NGO called Milk Matters featured on a morning news broadcast calling on people to donate breast milk.

On their website, they state that their aim is to build up a “milk bank”: a reserve of breast milk that can be used to feed babies in hospitals around the country, particularly those born prematurely or those who are HIV-positive.

This seems like an admirable cause, provided donors are subject to thorough screening processes. The fact is that breast milk is a known carrier of the HIV virus and, as such, carries the same associated risks as donated blood.

Milk Matters seems to have a screening process in place, as well as a good understanding of the risks associated with HIV transmission via breast milk. The question still remains though: would you feel comfortable with your child being fed donated breast milk if you were unable to breast feed?

FACT: The risk of mother-to-child transmission can be drastically lowered by feeding a child only breast milk for the first six months, provided the child is fed no other food, formula or water during this period.

- See more at: http://www.appelbaum.co.za/would-you-feed-your-child-donated-breast-milk/#sthash.kGQhmEGY.dpuf