Cow's Milk Found in Breast Milk Sold Online

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A study published this week found that 10 percent of human breast milk purchased online is tainted with cow's milk. The report illuminates the intense demand for breast milk by families who are unable to produce milk of their own and whose babies may be sensitive to formula. In this hour, we discuss the growing demand for breast milk and examine the ethical and safety implications of online sales and donations.


Valerie Flaherman, assistant professor of pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Pauline Sakamoto, president of Mother's Milk Bank in San Jose

Sarah Keim, principal investigator at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus,Ohio and lead author on new breastmilk study

Bruce German, director of Foods for Health Institute at UC Davis and chair of Evolve Biosystems

Moorea Malatt, volunteer coordinator at the Human Milk for Human Babies California and former milk donor