Free online breast milk donations spark safety concerns - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Free online breast milk donations spark safety concerns

Posted: Updated:
WATERLOO (KWWL) - The rate of breastfeeding in Iowa continues to grow, and has reached levels higher than the national rate, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

But not every new mom can breastfeed and, if she wants to offer breast milk for her baby, she could have to fork over quite a bit of money to pay for someone else's milk.

Now, moms have turned to one another to help by forming an online group on Facebook called, "Human Milk 4 Human Babies."

Jennifer Bachmann, a mother of five in Waterloo, has already donated a supply of frozen breast milk to an adoptive mom.

"They're not getting anything that's worse or better than what my daughter's getting," she said.

Iowa moms can post their breast milk needs online, and breast feeding moms can respond with free donations -- a much cheaper option than going through a hospital or the "Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa," which screens, pasteurizes and ships donated breast milk to hospitals and moms in Iowa and 16 other states.

Jean Drulis, from "Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa," said if people wouldn't share blood, they shouldn't share breast milk.

Drulis said an ounce of donated breast milk costs approximately $4.50, but that the expense is not the donated milk, it's the screening and pasteurization of the milk.

She said they test for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, and HTLV.

According to Drulis, they've never had a confirmed positive at the Coralville location, but other milk banks in the U.S. have found breast milk donations to be contaminated.

She said they're always looking for breast milk donors.

Still, Bachmann said it boils down to personal choice.

"It is risky, but you would hope that if these moms are feeding to their children, that it's safe enough to feed your own," she said.
  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Dubuque ranks in Top 10

    Dubuque ranks in Top 10

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:16 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:16:38 GMT
    Two Iowa cities are ranked in the Top 10 in Forbes. Dubuque ranks as #8 in the United States for Best Small places for Business and Careers Ranking. Des Moines also ranked in the Top 10 in the large city category.More >>
    Two Iowa cities are ranked in the Top 10 in Forbes. Dubuque ranks as #8 in the United States for Best Small places for Business and Careers Ranking. Des Moines also ranked in the Top 10 in the large city category.
    More >>
  • Low-interest loans to Iowa residents and business owners

    Low-interest loans to Iowa residents and business owners

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-07-28 06:19:48 GMT
    The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that they will be offering low-interest federal disaster loans to Iowa residents and business owners that were affected by the severe storms and flooding that took place June 26- July 9.Since the storms and flooding took place, the Cedar Rapids Mayor, Ron Corbetter, City Council Members and the City Manager, Jeff Pomeranz have been working closely with the Congressional Delegation and State officials to bring relief and help to Cedar Rapids...More >>
    The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that they will be offering low-interest federal disaster loans to Iowa residents and business owners that were affected by the severe storms and flooding that took place June 26- July 9.Since the storms and flooding took place, the Cedar Rapids Mayor, Ron Corbetter, City Council Members and the City Manager, Jeff Pomeranz have been working closely with the Congressional Delegation and State officials to bring relief and help to Cedar Rapids...More >>
  • Lane restrictions on U.S. 52 at the Upper Iowa River bridge near Decorah

    Lane restrictions on U.S. 52 at the Upper Iowa River bridge near Decorah

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:59 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:59:59 GMT
    Starting today, U.S. 52 will be down to one lane on the Upper Iowa River bridge near Decorah. This is due to the bridge deck joint will be getting repaired. For now, motorists will be directed through the construction by temporary traffic lights. Signs will be posted in advance of the construction to reminder both directions of traffic to be alert. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution and obey the speed limit signs.More >>
    Starting today, U.S. 52 will be down to one lane on the Upper Iowa River bridge near Decorah. This is due to the bridge deck joint will be getting repaired. For now, motorists will be directed through the construction by temporary traffic lights. Signs will be posted in advance of the construction to reminder both directions of traffic to be alert. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution and obey the speed limit signs.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.