The sharing of unprocessed, donor human milk obtained from private sources is NOT recommended.
Safety of donor milk from private sources in questionable, as these sources have not undergone any screening, processing or medical history of the donor.
Potential risks of private donor human milk include:
- Contamination with viruses such as HIV or bacteria that can lead to illness.
- Traces of prescription and non-prescription drugs can be transmitted through donor human milk.
- Improper expressing, handling and storage of donor milk could lead to spoilage or contamination.
The only safe source of pasteurized donor human milk in Ontario is from the Roger Hixon Milk Bank.
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