Drinking another Mom's milk: is it safe for baby?

It can be, or it can not be. If your baby is going to drink another mom's milk, I would suggest taking a good, detailed look at that mom. It needs to be someone you trust and know that they aren't doing any drugs (illegal or prescription) and that she doesn't have any communicable diseases. Most of what we put into our body transfers to breastmilk, so you'll want to be sure you know without a doubt that the mom giving you milk hasn't been putting harmful or dangerous things into her own body.

There are milk banks available where they do most of the screening for you. I believe there are also strips that you can buy to test breastmilk for alcohol, drugs, or other potentially harmful substances.

Sharing milk can be safe, but you need to be sure it is done properly and safely with a trusted source.

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BethSummerville, South Carolina
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    06/24/14
    I totally agree. Milk sharing is a very old tradition and is still actively practiced all over the world. Especially in places where formula isn't really an option. You do have to trust the other mom though, and know you can trust her. If she says she isn't drinking alcohol or smoking, you have to believe her. If she says she doesn't have any transferable diseases, you have to believe that too.
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      06/24/14
      8Theresa Gould
      Great advice and I agree.
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