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As breast milk becomes commodified, a look at the health and ethical implications




Women breastfeed their babies at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington on February 12, 2011 during a
Women breastfeed their babies at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington on February 12, 2011 during a "nurse-in"organized after a woman was stopped from nursing in public at the museum by security guards two weeks ago.
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The health benefits of breastfeeding are well known. While the practice was once shunned, breastfeeding has experienced a resurgent.

And for-profit ventures are taking notice. A few commercial springing up to take advantage of the renewed popularity of the so-called “liquid gold.” What are the socioeconomic and health implications? Will there ever be a commercial market for breast milk?

Guests:

Bruce German, director of Foods for Health Institute at UC Davis. He’s studied the benefits of breast milk for over 2 decades

Kim Updegrove, executive director of the nonprofit Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin and immediate past president of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, which was formed in 1985 to ensure the safety of donor human milk