More Parents Turning To Breast Milk Banks For Premature Babies

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A 100 ml bottle of pasteurized, donated breast milk at the new non-profit milk bank in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. These cost $15 each. (Karen Shakerdge/Side Effects Public Media)

New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics say premature, high-risk infants should consume donated breast milk if a mother’s own milk isn’t available. The academy warns against buying unscreened milk off the internet, and recommends donor milk banks.

Karen Shakerdge (@karenshakerdge) of WXXI in Rochester, New York, reports that while the donor banks can be life-saving, the use of pasteurized donor milk is very expensive.

This story was produced in collaboration with Side Effects Public Media.

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