A fascinating article in the New York Times ten days ago, pointed out to me by John Scott.
Andrew Pollack investigates a rapidly growing industry turning excess breast milk into a high protein product to be fed to extremely premature babies, with the possibility of its uses being extended into therapeutic treatment for intestinal conditions such as Crohn’s disease.
Should the mother’s who donate be paid? Will paying breastfeeding mothers for their excess milk mean there will not be enough for the non-profit breast milk banks? Will being paid for their milk tempt mothers to increase their output unsafely – or to deprive their own babies? But if the companies are going to make money out of their milk, why should the mothers not be paid? Read more here.