Human Milk Sharing, Selling and Donation: Legal and Ethics Angles

Time-frame: 60-90
CERP: yes

Women have been using each other’s milk since the dawn of time. The 21st century imbues this age-old practice with legal and ethical tensions for the healthcare provider not imagined by our foremothers. Can an IBCLC be the “link” between the mother with too much milk in her freezer, and the low-supply mother whose baby doesn’t qualify to receive milk from a milk bank? How does a healthcare provider (HCP) counsel a family shaken by the birth of an extremely premature baby, that wants to collect expressed milk from friends and neighbors? Can the HCP be sued if she counsels a mother about milk donation, and the mother unwittingly passes on a pathogen in that milk that harms the baby? The Internet offers a worldwide market for human milk sharing. Is that even legal? This session looks at all the risk and liability angles at play here: for the baby, the family, and the healthcare provider.


Country: USA
Phone number: 215-836-9088
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