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US pediatrics group issues warning on the online trading of breast milk




 In this photo illustration, Sarah Ward breast feeds her daughter Esme at home with bottles of Lewis Road Creamery 'Breast Milk' in the foreground.
In this photo illustration, Sarah Ward breast feeds her daughter Esme at home with bottles of Lewis Road Creamery 'Breast Milk' in the foreground.
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Infants born at a very low birth weight can greatly benefit from pasteurized, donated breast milk, but families should avoid feeding babies unpasteurized breast milk acquired through the internet or other informal networks because of the risks of contamination, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Rebecca Plevin, KPCC’s Health Reporter who has been following the story. She tweets from @rebeccaplevin

Pauline Sakamoto, Executive Director of Mother’s Milk Bank in San Jose, Calif., the only nonprofit donor milk bank licensed in California