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Biological Integrity- Ethics and Control Over Human Milk

by Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 E-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: goldlactation.com
Abstract:

This session will look at how for profit corporations are seeking to aggregate, control and exploit human milk. In the absence of federal health policy and consumer regulation/protection, companies are emerging seeking to build commercial markets for human milk often under the guise of improving the economic status of women and infant health.
We will examine companies currently paying for milk both domestically and internationally and the implications for women and emerging policy both at the federal and state level.
Entities setting a price for human milk in the absence of supportive public policy may in fact undermine women’s biological integrity, infant health and contribute to the vulnerability of women and babies.
I will ask participants to consider the issues and to support models of community engagement and decision making that are women centered and women led that keep this biologically critical substance within the community from where it comes; supporting breastfeeding and benefiting women and babies.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: To discuss the commoditization of human milk through reproductive justice, biological integrity and equity frameworks
Objective 2: To examine ethical issues associated with corporations developing human milk products for sale to a wide variety of audiences
Objective 3: To explore commercial markets that may in fact have the unintended consequence of encouraging women to curtail or end breastfeeding prematurely

Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks