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Warning for new moms: bacteria found in breast milk sold on Internet


CHICAGO (WKOW) -- There is a warning today for new mothers who have trouble breast-feeding. Those who buy breast milk online need to be careful.

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics compared 100 samples of breast milk bought online with breast milk from a community "milk bank", where moms donate excess milk.

Testing showed the Internet breast milk can contain more potentially dangerous bacteria, including salmonella, staphylococcus and Streptococcus. 21 percent of the Internet milk included CMV, a virus that can cause neurological damage. None of the samples tested positive for HIV.

The practice of sharing or selling breast milk is largely unregulated.

Dr. Ildi Martonffy, with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, joined us on 27 News at 5 on Monday to talk about the dangers of buying breast milk online.

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