Buy Breast Milk Online

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 by 2 Comments

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I recently read about moms buying and selling breast milk online…can you imagine, buying someone ELSE’S breast milk? I know it’s filled with all sorts of good stuff – great stuff in fact – but that’s when it comes out of YOUR OWN BOOB. How do you know what the lactating woman who sold/donated her milk eats or what diseases she may carry? Since breast milk is a bodily fluid it naturally carries all those nasty things as well.

Not to mention, can you really trust a “milk bank”? And, isn’t that what formula is for?

Now, if you’ve got some weird fetish, then what the hell, be my guest and buy some one’s extra breast milk. I’ve also heard that people with compromised immune systems and those with cancer could derive great benefits from drinking breast milk

But, just think about that for a second…someone who doesn’t have a functioning immune system taking a fluid that may carry Hepatitis B or even HIV…not smart.

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  • JW

    I enjoy your blog a lot. However, I did want to comment on this issue. Actually, the risks are much higher from feeding formula. Formula contamination is a real health problem and has caused a number of recalls. Contaminated milk bank milk is almost unheard of, partly because of strict screening requirements but also because most illnesses can’t actually be passed through breast milk. In fact, the World Health Organization officially recommends banked breast milk or a wet nurse as second healthiest choice if a mother cannot lactate, with formula a distant third. And though most Americans have a misconception that these recommendations only apply to third world countries with bad water supply, that’s incorrect. They apply to the US and Europe too. Just wanted to set you straight. I know the whole concept sounds weird, but really it IS much, much better for babies than formula.

  • Kate

    Thanks for your information. It’s funny, when you mention banked breast milk being recommended, I DO automatically think it’s for countries with bad water supply, but I guess it doesn’t have to be, now does it? Plus, you bring up the point of formula contamination which I would like to say isn’t an issue, but we all know it can be. Maybe not the same melamine catastrophe that occurred (and is still occurring, I just found out) in China, but still. Since I don’t know much about the screening process for breast milk banks, I sorta let my prejudices get the better of me.

    Being the curious type, I looked up what La Leche League had to say about banked milk and got quite the education! They (and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) advise against informal sharing of breast milk because of the potential transmission of all sorts of things. However, they cite the stringent screening and pasteurization (yes, they actually pasteurize human milk!) by milk banks as proof that banked milk is perfectly safe. Like I said, QUITE informative.

    I really appreciate you piping up because you’ve opened the door for me to learn something deeper instead of having simply a surface level, knee jerk reaction. If you’ve got more info – please don’t hesitate to share! Thanks again.

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