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Breast Milk Banks: Can They Be Trusted?

05/08/2015 09:24 EDT | Updated 05/08/2015 09:59 EDT

Awareness around the benefits of breast milk has grown significantly over the past decade, which has caused a booming business to emerge: the sale of breast milk. But questions regarding the legitimacy of breast milk banks and other online markets have parents concerned.

Researchers say that buying human milk from unscreened sources can put infants at risk. In one instance, it was found that 10 per cent of sampled breast milk sold online was contaminated with cow’s milk.

In the video above, HuffPost Live explores the breast milk market, how it’s being regulated and what other nursing alternatives are available to parents.

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