Tox Tuesday: How drug-contaminated breast milk can harm infants

Infant health experts are increasingly extolling the benefits of breast milk for newborns and older babies alike, with many medical studies showing benefits that last long after infancy. Mothers are advised to breastfeed if possible, and human milk banks have sprung up to help deliver breast milk where enough isn’t naturally available.

Sadly, unhealthy substances […]

How milk banks keep donated breast milk safe for babies, part 2

In the first part of this post, we reviewed what breast milk banks are and how they help provide infants with nourishment in many cases.

To keep infants safe, milk banks screen and test milk from donors before passing it along to the hospitals that administer the milk.

What can make donated breast milk unsafe?

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How milk banks keep donated breast milk safe for babies, part 1

Like the generous individuals who donate blood, bone marrow or organs, those who donate breast milk can improve the lives of those in need — in this case, premature babies and other newborns with health issues, like allergies or digestive problems, that might depend on donated breast milk.

In 2009, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, […]

Tox Tuesday: Drug use and breast milk

Growing by approximately 74 million people per year, the United Nations’ World Population Prospects estimates that the world will reach nine billion people by 2040. At the same time, drug use, both legal and recreational, is also expected to continue to grow, including use among women of childbearing age.

This is based on the most […]