Safety of Human Donor Milk in Canada

Safety of Human Donor Milk in Canada

Health Canada advises Canadians to be aware of the potential health risks associated with consuming human breast milk obtained through the Internet or directly from individuals.

Author: Government of Canada Source: Health Canada Website: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/infant-nourisson/human-milk-don-lait-maternel-eng.php Journal: Journal Details: Origin Country: Publish Date: 2014-05-20 Publication City: Languages: .Type: , , .Targets: , , , , , , , , . Last Modified: 2016-08-12

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“Health Canada advises Canadians to be aware of the potential health risks associated with consuming human breast milk obtained through the Internet or directly from individuals.

There is a potential risk that the milk may be contaminated with viruses such as HIV or bacteria which can cause food poisoning. In addition, traces of substances such as prescription and non-prescription drugs can be transmitted through human milk. Improper hygiene when expressing the milk, as well as improper storage and handling, could also cause the milk to spoil or be contaminated with bacteria and/or viruses that may cause illness.

Health Canada recommends that Canadians consult their health care professional should they have questions about breastfeeding or if they are considering purchasing donor human milk.”