If you’re a working mom or even using a day care facility for your baby occasionally, you may be pumping breast milk for your baby to be fed by the child care provider. Please be aware of something very important: what to do in case your pumped breast milk is accidentally switched with another mom’s and your baby is fed a stranger’s milk.
Although I had never considered this before, human error does make it possible for an accidental breast milk switch to happen. This can be dangerous! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which I consider to be the utmost authority on safety:
“If a child has been mistakenly fed another child’s bottle of expressed breast milk, the possible exposure to HIV or other infectious diseases should be treated just as if an accidental exposure to other body fluids had occurred.”
The CDC offers the steps to take if your child has been accidentally exposed to another woman’s breast milk accidentally, including information about the likelihood of HIV transmission. You can read the CDC’s article here, and it never hurts to print it out and save it in your day care file or even take a copy to your daycare.