There are many reasons why some mothers may be unable to produce their own milk. Mothers who are infected with HIV, cytomegalovirus, and or hepatitis C, won't be able to breastfeed.
Mothers who have serious illnesses such as heart disease or severe anemia — breastfeeding might not be a good idea for the sake of the health of the infant. Other reasons such as serious infection like active, untreated tuberculosis can all be factors as to why a mother is unable to breast feed her own child.
Mothers shouldn't nurse if they are receiving radiation or are taking medications that could tant the breast milk. Some of the following medicines such as: antithyroid, chemotherapeutic, and mood-altering drugs.
Those who have drug or alcohol addiction, and those who smoke excessively should not breast feed. Mothers who have adopted may not be able to breast feed for a number of reasons. Some mothers simply don't produce enough milk or stop producing milk after returning to work due to stress. Therefore, using donor milk is good for many reasons.
The FDA provides the following advice for those receiving donated breast milk, "FDA recommends against feeding your baby breast milk acquired directly from individuals or through the Internet
When human milk is obtained directly from individuals or through the Internet, the donor is unlikely to have been adequately screened for infectious disease or contamination risk. In addition, it is not likely that the human milk has been collected, processed, tested or stored in a way that reduces possible safety risks to the baby".
Readers are you ok with feeding your baby donated breast milk? What are your suggestions to mothers who for whatever reason can not breast feed their own baby?