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Prolacta plans to market Pasteurized Breast Milk

August 7th 2005

Prolacta plans to sell breast milk

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Prolacta Bioscience of Monrovia California has begun marketing human breast milk.  The milk will primarily be used to for sick children, giving them a combination of minerals, digestive enzymes and antibodies.  This is believed to be the first time that breast milk has been marketed in such a way.

"Human milk has 100 000 different components and we only really know what a few thousand of them are and what they do," according to Elena Medo, CEO of Prolacta Bioscience.  "It is an enormous area of discovery. I am sure there is a reason for every one of those components, and I'd like to know half of that in my lifetime,"


Prolacta plans on buying milk from independent milk banks and hospitals across the United States, pasteurize it and then sell it back to the hospitals for treating low birth weight babies.  They expect to include children undergoing chemotherapy and other babies that need a pasteurized product in the future.

Breast milk has been shown to be less harmful on infantís stomachs than substitutes. Medo also hopes to develop therapies using the human milk to treat necrotizing entercolitis.  This gastrointestinal disease is one of the leading killers of premature babies.     

Believe it or not, this happens to be World Breast Feeding Week.  Isatou Njie-Saidy, vice president of the Republic of The Gambia and secretary of state of Womenís Affairs at a conference for World Breast Feeding Week, has described breast milk as a major provider of proteins, vitamins, minerals and all other protective factors for children.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer

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