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A 23-year-old female asked:

I've didn't breast feed for a year but i've still got milk.my friend gave birth can i breast feed her baby

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Yes: If you and the mother are so inclined you can take on the role of wet nurse provided you are healthy.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not a good idea: Years ago there were wet nurses to feed babies whose moms had inadequate milk. Now there are infant formulas. In addition, there are a number of undetected infections that can be transmitted through breast milk and there are plenty of lawyers around.

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Last updated Oct 21, 2013

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