DENVER, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Officials at a Denver breast-milk bank
said a Craigslist advertisement offering to sell frozen mother's
milk is "very dangerous."
The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children's Mother's Milk Bank
said there is a risk to the donor and recipient of such milk
because a lay person cannot do appropriate screening, KMGH-TV in
Denver reported Tuesday.
Lorraine Lockhart-Borman with the Mother's Milk Bank said, "We
get medical releases from our donor's doctors, we test the
donor's blood, and we pasteurize the milk to kill viruses and
The Food and Drug Administration in December issued a warning to
parents about the risk of contamination from chemicals, drugs or
bacteria, as well as the risk of disease, including HIV, from
unscreened milk, KMGH-TV reported.
The Craigslist post read, "I am a very healthy mom (never done
drugs, smoked, or even drank alcohol) of three kids."
The poster of the ad said she is producing more milk than she
needs and has frozen more than 200 ounces of milk that she would
like to sell or work out some other arrangement.