Breast milk for sale

It all started with the 300 ounces of breast milk stashed next to the Trader Joe's berry medley and instant pasta in the freezer. Full Story
JMS

Spring Grove, IL

#24 Oct 31, 2007
"But, um, did anyone else notice the part about breast feeding each others kids? Is it just me, or is that kind of screwy?"

No, it isn't. Ever hear of "wet nurses?" Very common in days past.
Hareeb Allsack

United States

#25 Oct 31, 2007
Rhonin wrote:
(Try cutting back on the coffee.)
<quoted text>
Do you get cranky when your nipples get sore?
carrie underalls

Mount Prospect, IL

#26 Oct 31, 2007
It shouldn't surprise anybody the FDA is allowing BM to be sold.

Just yesterday Bush's Consumer Product Safety Commissioner took a bold stand against the Chinese sending poison toys & dog food etc. to the States.

She came out AGAINST legislation to INCREASE FUNDING & AUTHORITY TO HER OWN DEPARTMENT.

You can't make-up this stuff, this Bush crowd is classic.
Boobs

United States

#27 Oct 31, 2007
Rhonin wrote:
(Try cutting back on the coffee.)
<quoted text>
Or maybe just put some breast milk in my coffee.
Just Checking

United States

#28 Oct 31, 2007
Has Christy Canyon, put any in there? Then I'll buy!
Just Checking

United States

#29 Oct 31, 2007
Just Checking wrote:
Has Christy Canyon, put any in there? Then I'll buy!
Neglected to say I'll buy Christy Canyons, only if she delivers it personally? Thank-You Christy, in advance.
heather

Antioch, TN

#30 Nov 2, 2007
jack wrote:
this is just plain weird. are they going to screen milk for anything? what if they miss something like wheat or dairy? or something worse?
Actually, I've read a bit on this.
when it is donated to milk banks they mix several women's milk together, then put it in 3 oz containers and pastuerize it. They also do quality checks to make sure the milk is safe.

Most milk banks are used for hospitals to give to babies in the NICU, because babies who are premature or in distress do so much better with breastmilk and sometimes cannot digest formula at all. The hospital will also give out prescriptions to other moms for a variety of reasons, like cancer, and then the mom can buy the milk at a cost of about $3 and oz.
So to get milk from a milk bank requires a prescription and a lot of money.

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#31 Nov 3, 2007
UCSD Medical Center used to have a milk bank that I donated breast milk to. Prospective donors toured their four different nurseries (starting with the neonatal intensive care unit) to see the babies we'd be helping. It was inspiring and heartbreaking all at once. We had to have a health screening, etc. and receive training in proper handling methods of our milk to insure purity.

One of the things we were told was that even if we only donated a little, it was precious. A feeding for a tiny preemie was sometimes as little as a teaspoonful. The goal was to have the babies survive long enough to get them onto a higher calorie formula so they could thrive. These are the kinds of higher calorie fortifiers that Prolacta Bioscience manufactures. The twins company, Milkin' Mamas is contracted with them.

Insurance may help cover the costs for prescribed breast milk. New York is the only other state besides California that regulates breast milk. Facilities that store or ship it are licensed as tissue banks.

http://www.milkinmamas.com/Our-Mamas/About-us

http://www.prolacta.com/patients_caregivers.h...

http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_about/all_ab...
Oh brother 2

Fairport, NY

#32 Nov 3, 2007
jack wrote:
this is just plain weird. are they going to screen milk for anything? what if they miss something like wheat or dairy? or something worse?
I agree this is too weird. My mother was nursed by an aunt of hers, and I the thought of that was weird too. But when you are need sometimes, you seek resources where they are abundant. Though I don't necessarily disagree with a humanitarian effort, if the milk is being donated to those in need.
Mommamilkforu-ya hoo

AOL

#33 Dec 2, 2007
I sell my breast milk. I is a wonderful way to supplement our income!!! We are on one income now plus my milk money. It is how we bought Christmas this year. Those of you that look down on us women who choose to sell instead of donating need quit being so opinionated and judgmental! The milk banks charge more then I do. It is NOT the same as prostitution (smarty) I have never seen any of the people I have sold my milk to or had sex with them. Seems like you are implying that breast feeding is the same thing as sex. Well, I've got news for you... IT IS NOT!! It is sad that some people have nothing better to do then bi*** about something they have no control over. Thank you God for sending me buyers of my extra breast milk!! Thank you to the supporters.
Amy
dave chappelle

Niles, IL

#34 Dec 2, 2007
i won't buy it unless it's fresh, CAMBODIAN breastmilk
Mothers - Milk 2

Saratoga Springs, UT

#36 Dec 2, 2007
Being a nursing mother who had the option of nursing taken away from me with my first child at six months and have been given a second chance with my second who is still nursing at 14 months(by his own choice) had I know that I could have gotten breast milk for free or bought it for my first to continue on it for at least another six months I would have taken advantage of that fact (yes even if I had to buy it.) On that note having extra of it and the time it takes away from my children and my husband to pump why not make a small profit if I can. Other people need the milk and the money (however small would definately help me as well as other mothers world wide) My opinion is if you can't make the milk or have no idea how much time and effort goes into feeding the babies and pumping the extra milk then you have no right to an opinion of how those of us who do should decide what to do with it. In certain cases there is quite a bit of milk left over and this is usually wasted because it is more than needed. However the time and energy that goes into collecting it is worth a little compentsation, and the women who choose to sell it to help others have every right to ask for money, do any of you work for free? Then why should a nursing women do it for free outside of her own childern? As far back as anyone can prove wet nurses were hired (yes and paid for their time and milk) to nurse other womens children, why should this change? A women has every right to do with her breast milk as she wishes and no one has a right ot judge them for it. I have also noticed that the only people on this site speaking against milk donation (whether it be free or for a profit seen to be men) since you have no idea what we go through then you have no right to judge, plain and simple. When you go through what we go through for children then you are welcome to an opinion on what we as women should do with our bodies.
love_spell

United States

#37 Dec 16, 2007
Norma wrote:
Instead of making money, why not donate it to the organization that sends the breast milk to Africa's starving babies?
why not take care of the ones here in the USA first?
besides the govt in africa will just steal it. like all the other aid we send them.
love_spell

United States

#38 Dec 16, 2007
Dienne wrote:
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It's wrong (in my opinion) for the same reason that selling blood is wrong (again, in my opinion). It has nothing to do with them being women. If you were going to give someone your kidney, would you make them pay you for it?
what about sperm donors that make 500.00 for each time they whack off and donate their stuff? do you have a problem with that too?
Sharon

Patchogue, NY

#39 Jan 10, 2008
Hi. I am actually trying to find anyone who would like to buy my breastmilk. Preferably to babies in need. I live on long Island. I'm a healthy 22 year old with a healthy 4 month old son. two dollars an oz seems like the common price. especially compared to the 3 dollars an oz a bank would charge. I read that it is really hard to get a perscription or to get any insurance company to cover it. My e-mail is tempestsharon@yahoo.com if anyone would like to contact me about buying from me or if you know anyone who would be interested. Money is really scarce right now since I can't work. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Quagmire

Eden Prairie, MN

#40 Jan 10, 2008
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Quagmire

Eden Prairie, MN

#41 Jan 10, 2008
Do you have enough to fill my waterbed?Geegita Geegita Geegita
Sharon wrote:
Hi. I am actually trying to find anyone who would like to buy my breastmilk. Preferably to babies in need. I live on long Island. I'm a healthy 22 year old with a healthy 4 month old son. two dollars an oz seems like the common price. especially compared to the 3 dollars an oz a bank would charge. I read that it is really hard to get a perscription or to get any insurance company to cover it. My e-mail is tempestsharon@yahoo.com if anyone would like to contact me about buying from me or if you know anyone who would be interested. Money is really scarce right now since I can't work. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
OG SGV

Danville, CA

#42 Jan 11, 2008
I'll only buy it if I can milk it myself!(:
MOM

Santa Fe Springs, CA

#44 Jan 14, 2008
THAT'S JUST NASTY! WHY WOULD YOU WANT SOME OTHER WOMANS BREAST MILK IN YOUR CHILD. WHY DON'T YOU JUST GO AND SHOVE YOUR KIDS MOUTH ON SOME WOMANS BOOB AND LET HIM HAVE A WAY AT IT... YUCK! I WOULD NEVER DO THAT.
Casual Observer

Santa Ana, CA

#45 Jan 14, 2008
Actually breastmilk has a very short shelf life.
My wife would freeze it and found that even frozen it would last only 5 days, breast milk it seems is very fragel, however is the best food you can have. Also bear in mind that the longer you feed your baby breast milk the better imunity the child gets and will affect them their entire life. My kids dont' get allergies, ear infections and usually stay well even when their friends are all sick with the flue and other alilments and its all atributable to starting life out right by breast feeding. For the ones that dont' know breast milk contains antibodies that help the baby to fight off infections and its something that can not be replicated or man made. The more of these antibodies you give your baby the better life your child will have. Most peditricians recommend 1 year or more of breast feeding. My wife did it for 2 years for each child. Its like giveing your child an insurance policy against getting sick. The women that don't breast feed that say oh i need to think of my figure or i'm too busy to breast feed then should not be having children at all. It comes with the territory with having kids if you can't make the time just dont' have any kids.

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