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Breast milk rising in popularity with social networking help

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Even though the practice of feeding babies with another woman's breast milk has been around for centuries, the modern day "wet nurse" is a bit taboo.

But breast milk sharing is slowly growing in popularity again, thanks to a very new way of networking: Facebook.

"Eats on feets" is an organization that links mothers through the social networking site. 

"I actually like it on facebook because then you can say, 'hey can I look at your profile?' I can kind of get an idea of what these people are like," Elizabeth Singh said.

The FDA does not regulate breast milk banks or breast milk sharing, but it held a public meeting on the issue Monday.

The agency will release its findings at a later date.  One issue likely to come up will be how H.I.V. and other viruses can be spread through breast milk.

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