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'Breast Milk Banks' Gain in Popularity

Experts say they're safer than online milk-sharing sources

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The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank currently charges $4.50 an ounce for breast milk to break even, although it has a charitable care program to help families who can't afford the fee, Mondeaux said.

More often than not, Medicaid programs and private health insurance companies won't cover the cost of breast milk, neonatologist Landers said.

"We're not where we need to be in paying for something that we know has definitive benefits," she said. "Why aren't we paying for something we know is extremely beneficial? Why are we making the hospitals eat the cost?"

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