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Breast Milk Bought Online Might Contain Cow's Milk, Study Finds

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – Parents who buy breast milk online may not always get 100 percent human milk. A new study found about 10 percent of samples tested were contaminated with cow's milk. "Human milk may be purposely 'topped off' with cow's milk or infant formula, and this could be harmful to babies receiving the purchased milk if they have cow's milk allergy or intolerance," said lead author Sarah Keim, a researcher at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "For other babies, cow's milk is not recommended as a primary source of nutrition because it does not provide complete nutrition for human infants," Keim said. For the study, published online April 6 in the journal Pediatrics, researchers bought 102 samples of advertised human milk online and tested the DNA in each one. They found that 10 samples contained at least 10 percent of cow's milk. The study authors noted that ... Read more

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