Mining human milk components
I really don't get it. I really, really don't get it. I don't get the lack of understanding or concern regarding the "mining" of human milk components? Wake up? Anyone there? The media has a stranglehold on the reality of milksharing. So this is dedicated to my friends.
It's a news article from the Dairy Reporter on Danisco and Arla and their "project to develop human milk components-oligasaccharides for use in infant formula. Read it. Then ask how does the infant formula industry acquire human milk? How? Yes, maybe they advertise in newspapers and mothers get money in exchange for donating for a scientific cause. Do mothers really not care that their breastmilk helps the infant formula industry make money?? Oh yes, I forgot, the world is a business arrangement and people will do anything for money. But what about the mommies who donate their milk to those non-profits, who also believe that research of human milk is part of their mission? Yeah, I know close your eyes, ears, and mouth because this is what human existence is about, BUSINESS.
Let's get to business. How about buying some human breast milk (raw colostrum) from a company that sells human and animal proteins for research.
Or better yet let's learn about available technology for licensing on Human Milk Oligosaccharides.
Okay and now tell me why donor milk banks and milksharing organizations do not mention this possibility to mothers and fathers. Informed consent? Does it exist regarding human milk donations?
Copyright 2011 Valerie W. McClain