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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-22004: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that there is an unregulated online market for breast milk.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 March 2019

In 2018, Scottish Government announced an additional £300,000 for the Scottish Donor Milk Bank, over three years, to increase access to safe donor milk for high risk premature and sick babies across the whole of Scotland.

Informal sharing of breastmilk via internet support networks and social media groups may present a significant health risk to infants. Scottish Government advice is that healthcare professionals should discourage mothers considering donating or receiving breastmilk for their infants through these networks.