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Breast milk bought online can be dangerous to child

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A new study finds buying and selling breast milk online can be dangerous to babies. A new study finds buying and selling breast milk online can be dangerous to babies.
Close says she can’t imagine feeding her little one any other way Close says she can’t imagine feeding her little one any other way
Slavings says she wants to help other moms. Slavings says she wants to help other moms.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

A new study finds buying and selling breast milk online can be dangerous to babies.

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that 74 percent of breast milk samples bought online contained bacteria.

Ashlie Close is a mother to a five-month-old. She says she can’t imagine feeding her little one any other way than breastfeeding.

"It's cheaper, healthier for her, easier for her,” Close said. “She does really well with breastfeeding."

Close says she would never consider getting her baby’s milk from anywhere else, especially the internet.

"I would never want to buy breast milk online, just because you never know what you're going to get or who you're going to get it from,” Close said.

According to a study published in Pediatrics magazine, some breast milk bought online has bacteria and can even contain Salmonella.

Close suggests that moms who are unable to breastfeed contact a hospital for breast milk.

"If you can't breast feed and you can't go that route then formula is the next best thing for a baby,” Close said.

However, another mom says online buying can be safe.

"They have to screen it,” Carol Slavings said. “You have to answer a lot of questions before they'll accept your donation."

Slavings is a mother of five. She says she wants to help moms who can’t breastfeed.

"I plan on donating it once she stops eating every two hours," said Slavings. "It's hard to pump and feed her at the same time."

According to Slavings, it’s important to give all babies the health benefits of breast milk.

"Donating the milk is actually a great benefit,” Slavings said. “They still get the best nutritional value."

Slavings says the main thing to remember is to be safe and careful when getting breast milk off the Internet.

"If someone was selling breast milk on Craigslist, then I mean, I wouldn't buy it; but if it's an organization, that is going to screen it and keep your child safe,” Slavings said.

Researchers say bacteria in breast milk bought and sold online is caused by contamination and unsafe storage and shipping conditions.

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