Almost all breast milk banks in the U.S. and Canada closed down in the 1980s due to the HIV/AIDS health scare and the rise in hepatitis cases, but with five new banks expected to open this year, a total of 22 milk banks will be in operation in North America, said Kim Updegrove, president of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. These milk banks screen all donors for infections and subject the collected breast milk to pasteurization before freezing, neonatologist Dr. Susan Landers said.

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