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State lawmaker looks to regulate breast milk banks

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

For-profit and non-profit breast milk banks will come under more scrutiny if proposed regulations are adopted in Michigan. 

There’s a growing demand for breast milk.

State Representative Erika Geiss wants to make sure that the milk is handled properly and breast milk donors and customers are treated right.

“I think it’s important that we do have these standards, especially as the industry becomes more prevalent,” says Geiss.

Geiss says California, Texas and New York are currently the only states to have regulations in place for breast milk sales and sharing programs. Geiss’ bill is based on the California law. 

Geiss says her bill would not affect one-to-one breast milk exchanges.   

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.