Inmates: Prison officials mixed up inmate’s breast milk

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Inmates at Oregon’s only prison for women are accusing staff of mixing up breast milk they pumped for their infants on the outside, potentially exposing their children to risks.

The Oregonian reports that four inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville say prison staff mixed up their bags of milk last fall. One of the nursing mothers was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, causing the mothers to worry about their children’s health.

Oregon Department of Corrections spokeswoman Betty Bernt says milk program supervisors have addressed the problem and now require inmates to check bags before they are sent to caregivers.

Inmates were notified in December that Hepatitis B and C are unlikely to be transmitted through breast milk. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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