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Sharing breast milk has always had a place in the history of infant feeding. However in 1985, it was established that HIV can pass from mother to child via breast milk ingestion, and there was doubt that the pasteurisation process could render donor breast milk free of the virus.1 This uncertainty decreased breast milk sharing and forced the closure of almost all North American milk banks. In response, the Human Milk Bank of North America association (HMBANA) was created. It galvanised policy creation, regulated operational standards and optimised screening of potential breast milk donors.2 …
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