A brief history of wet nursing helps set the context for this discussion of issues surrounding the practice of peer-to-peer milk sharing. Risks of casual milk sharing are reviewed, and modern donor milk banking practices are described. Recommendations for making any milk sharing safer are provided.
Lactation consultants are health workers, and stand in a different ethical relationship to their clients/patients than do friends or acquaintances. However, health workers are often asked about milk sharing. This talk reviews the ethical considerations, looks at historical records of past exploitation of wet nurses, and argues for caution with regards the enthusiasm on social media sites for peer-to-peer milk sharing.