Would You Feed Your Baby “Human Breast Milk”…From a Cow? Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
We know breast milk is healthy for baby, and we also know that some moms who are unable to breastfeed turn to milk banks and milk sharing to get breast milk to their babies -- but here’s a new twist in the pursuit to give all babies the closest thing to mama’s milk. According to Reuters, Chinese researchers from the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology of the China Agricultural University are creating genetically modified cows that produce milk that they say could be a substitute to human breast milk in the near future. Supposedly, the milk these cows produce has the same nutritional qualities of human breast milk, but with a sweeter and stronger taste. The researchers say they’re making strong efforts to make the breast milk safe, a big concern since, in 2008 alone, 300,000 children fell ill and six deaths were reported in China from powdered formula being laced with harmful chemicals. Some hope this new breast milk substitute will be available on the market at an affordable price in around three years, but first its safety will have to be proven -- and, says Reuters, some parents are already concerned about the fact that the cows have been genetically modified.
What do you think? Would you feed your baby “breast milk” produced from a cow?
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