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Position statement regarding use of informally shared human milk

        Sharing human milk among family members and between families is a timeless practice. In recent years, there has been an increased governmental investment in breastfeeding, and more families are aware of the evidence supporting the improved health outcomes of infants from human milk and breastfeeding. Thus, there has been a resultant resurgence in informal milk sharing (arranged privately between families and facilitated by social media networks). Formalized networks to facilitate milk sharing recommend including health care professionals in the decision-making and risk-benefit analysis. However, most health professionals are poorly informed of the practice and little specific, evidence-based guidance exist; therefore, ideal family centered care may not be provided (

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