The federal government is making it easier for Americans to donate their own breast milk for the first time since 1996.
The government is allowing Americans to make a donation for up to five years without a prescription, without any paperwork and without a doctor’s approval.
But that’s only a start.
The American Cancer Society, which advocates for women and their families to help fight cancer, said the new rules will only be effective for breastmilks that have been tested for safety and quality.
They will be made available online and at retail stores, but consumers will have to call ahead for a prescription.
The American Association of Nurse Midwives, the country’s largest women’s health organization, said it is working with the Food and Drug Administration to provide guidelines on how to use the new product.
The FDA has said it will provide updates as more information becomes available.
The FDA says the new technology will be available for use in about three weeks.