|Exposure to infectious diseases, including HIV.|
|Exposure to chemical contaminants such as some illegal drugs.|
|Exposure to prescription drugs that might be in the human milk, if the donor has not been adequately screened.|
|If human milk is not handled and stored properly, it could, like any type of milk, become contaminated and unsafe to drink.|
|Consult your baby's health care provider first because the nutritional needs of each baby depend on many factors including the baby’s age and health.|
|Don't feed your baby breast milk acquired directly from individuals or through the internet because the donor is unlikely to have been adequately screened for infectious disease or contamination risk.|
|If after consultation with your baby's health care provider, you decide to feed a baby with human milk from a source other than the baby’s mother, you should only use milk from a source that has screened its milk donors and taken other precautions to ensure the safety of its milk.|
|In some states there are required safety standards for such milk banks. FDA has not been involved in establishing these voluntary guidelines or state standards.|
|You can contact your state’s department of health to find out if it has information on human milk banks in your area.|
|Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), a voluntary professional association for human milk banks.|
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