Human breast milk is great for babies. For adults, as well?

Human breast milk is widely recognized as providing many health benefits to young infants. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breastfeeding can protect against diseases and conditions such as diarrhea, diabetes and childhood obesity.

BUYING HUMAN BREAST MILK ONLINE CAN BE PROBLEMATICAL SINCE YOU’RE BUYING IT FROM A STRANGER. There could be cow’s milk mixed in it. What if your baby is allergic to cow’s milk? The milk is raw and not pasteurized, so there is the risk of infectious diseases, including hepatitis, HIV and syphilis.

18 June 2015

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Hidden dangers of buying human breast milk online – a growing market for infants, and adults

Online human breast milk craze has serious health risks: Experts

Online human breast milk craze has serious health risks

LONDON (REUTERS) – A growing online craze among some fitness communities, fetishists and chronic disease sufferers for buying and drinking human breast milk poses serious health risks,

British experts said on Thursday. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, specialists said there was little evidence to support claims that the milk – traded via websites in a lucrative market for adult buyers – is some kind of super food that can boost health and fitness and ward off disease.

Claims that it even helps with erectile dysfunction and cancer have no clinical basis, they said.

On the contrary, the experts warned, raw and unpasteurised human breast milk bought online can expose consumers to many serious infectious diseases, including hepatitis, HIV and syphilis.

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Cow’s milk found in human breast milk purchased online

The pressure on parents to feed newborn infants with breast milk may be leading many to purchase human breast milk online.

However, the milk they receive from online vendors may not match up to what is being offered.

“They purchase the milk online based on a posted description of the type and quantity of the milk or the health habits of the seller,” writes study author Dr. Sarah Keim. “But when they think they’re getting nutritious, high-quality breast milk, some of them are actually receiving human milk mixed with cow’s milk.” …

While all of the purchased Internet samples contained human DNA, 11 also contained bovine DNA. Of these, 10 contained bovine DNA concentrations significant enough to suggest that cow’s milk had been added to human milk, being so high that accidental contamination was unlikely.

The inclusion of cow’s milk in human breast milk can be problematic for babies. It can potentially be harmful due to cow’s milk allergies, health conditions or formula sensitivities.

The inclusion of cow’s milk could also reduce a baby’s access to the essential nutrients and fats that are in formulas and human breast milk but not cow milk.

Only in China?
2 July 2013
International Business Times

Wealthy Chinese Hiring Wet Nurses For Daily Doses Of Human Breast Milk

By @mflorcruz m.florcruz@ibtimes.com on July 02 2013 3:14 PM EDT
According to a report by Chinese publication Southern Metropolis Daily, an increasing amount of adults are employing wet nurses not to feed their children, but for their own consumption.
The trend has become popular enough that the company, Guangdong-based Xinxinyu Household Service Company, announced that its promotional strategy is expanding from babies to adults. “Clients can choose to consume breast milk directly through breastfeeding … but they can always drink it from a breast pump if they feel uncomfortable,” Lin Jun, the manager of Xinxinyu, told the local newspaper.
Lin explained that human breast milk had become popular among the area’s wealthy and those who have high-pressure jobs, and in turn have poor health. “Consuming human breast milk is quite popular among my social circle … spending 10,000 to 20,000 yuan [roughly $1,630 to $3,260] hiring a wet nurse is not uncommon at all,” an unnamed client told the paper.
“Quite a few of our clients hire in-house wet nurses to ensure a supply of fresh breast milk on a daily basis,” Lin said. Getting your daily dose of fresh milk comes at a price, roughly 16,000 yuan, or just over $2,600, a month.
However, the paper also said that younger and a more attractive wet nurses can earn even more, adding, “wet nurses rarely raise objections as long as the price is right.”

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