WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

UCF Study Shows Breast Milk Sharing Is Thriving In Central Florida

Photo credit: LibreShot.com

Breast milk sharing is thriving in central Florida, especially among high income, college educated white women. That’s according to a new study out of UCF.

Research shows breast milk helps boost a baby’s immune system. Not all women can produce their own milk, so sharing is an alternative. And study co-author Shannon Carter says they found the buying and selling of breast milk was rare.

“So the Internet is used sometimes to facilitate milk sharing, sometimes people networked through their own communities and they didn’t use the Internet and sometimes milk sharing was in the form of cross-nursing, where a woman breast feeds another baby,” said Carter.

Carter says UCF plans to do more research on breast milk sharing in African-American and Hispanic communities. The university is also planning a pilot study to test bacteria levels in shared milk to see how safe it is.

The study was based on online surveys from nearly four hundred people.


Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.

SUBSCRIBE

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

About Crystal Chavez

Crystal Chavez

TOP