Reuters (12/6, Heavy) reports that some mothers experience difficulty when trying to breastfeed their newborns, and thus find themselves turning to other lactating mothers for help. But concerns have been raised regarding the possibility of donated breast milk unwittingly being a repository for infectious disease; milk from unscreened mothers could also be laden with chemicals or drugs, federal officials warned. With that in mind, the FDA is taking a closer look at breast milk banks. Although future involvement may be inevitable, FDA Deputy Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said, "FDA doesn't have plans at this time to enhance its role in donated breast milk."
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