Okay, I just did a little googling and seems there’s a huge black market for buying/selling breast milk. If anyone knows how to find a place to buy that is legit and screens the milk, etc, please post.
EDUT: A little more googling and I found the legit milk bank. Unfortunately, it says the milk is pasteurized. I am assuming that pasteurization will remove any antimicrobial or microbiome building benefits.
pasteurisation will kill most microbes or at least knock them back to v small numbers - and denature some of the proteins perhaps ( some of the proteins in Brest milk are immune modulating i believe) - but should not change the oligosaccharides - i wouldn't have thought - so maybe it retains most of its benefits ?
i have to think about
why exactly i feel this way - but I'm not sure i like the idea of drinking the milk of a 100 random Mom's ......but then again i have always said i would eat soil if i thought it would get me better!
a fairly recent paper on the topic of the oligosaccharides here: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijpedi/2019/2390240/Breast milk is a complex biological fluid that is rich in nutrients and bioactive agents that support the healthy growth and development of the newborns. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are unconjugated glycans that constitute an important component of the protection conferred by breast milk on the neonate. HMOs may act locally on the neonatal intestine by acting as signalling molecules and directly interacting with the host cells. Although fucosylated and sialylated HMOs have little nutritional value, they exert important prebiotic as well as immunomodulatory effects on the infant gut. However, there is heterogeneity in the quantity and quality of HMOs in breast milk produced by mothers under influence of the genetic and environmental factors.....