It may be tempting to obtain donor milk online if you are struggling to feed yourself, but be aware of the dangers of doing so.
Any benefits obtained from feeding your baby with breast milk would soon be lost if you inadvertently end up with an infected batch!
Thousands of new mothers are exchanging potentially infected breast milk via social media, despite official warnings. An investigation revealed that Facebook groups with up to 18,000 members are facilitating the transfer of donated milk without the recommended safety checks. Breast milk is the best source of nourishment for young babies, however some women cannot produce enough and many more are reluctant to breastfeed for long after giving birth. But the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency have both warned against the unregulated practice due to safety concerns. Donated breast milk can potentially transfer blood-borne viruses such as HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B, as well as serious bacterial infections such as E.coli.