Breast milk is known as liquid gold for good reason -- because it costs so many mothers valuable time, effort, energy, and literal blood, sweat, and tears and because it nourishes so many babies in ways that science is still uncovering. And notice we said "some" babies, because breast milk isn't always the best choice for some babies and families! But what about the actual cost of breast milk?
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Here, a nurse explains her side gig selling her own breast milk online. After I had a baby and started breastfeeding, my supply came in very well. I had an overabundance of milk, and I kept pumping so that my body was producing even more.
Sign up now for local breaking news alerts Subscribe. A social media group set up to connect breast milk donors with mothers in need has posted a warning after learning one woman was allegedly selling donated milk for profit. Human Milk 4 Human Babies said it received a flood of messages over the weekend about a member who had apparently been taking advantage of others' generosity.
A mother-of-two is making thousands of pounds by selling her breast milk on demand to bodybuilders - who are ditching steroids in favour of the milk. Rafaela Lamprou from Cyprus gave birth to her son Anjelo seven months ago - but realised soon after she was producing an excessive amount of breast milk. It was full.
You may have come across online listings for people who want to sell their breast milk to other women. It does sound a little strange if you stumbled across these types of listings and had no idea that this world existed. There are a lot of reasons that someone would want to go the route of buying breastmilk and why you might want to sell your extra for a little cash.
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On the other hand, maybe you found that, like many moms, you ran into more trouble nursing than you anticipated and are looking for alternative ways to feed your baby breast milk. Nonprofit milk banks have a priority list of babies and moms they must give the milk to in order of importance. First on the list are premature babies and sick, hospitalized infants; then sick babies who are no longer in the hospital but are failing to thrive or suffering from another condition.
Selling it, either through a milk bank, through an online community, or in person, is a great way to make some extra money while also helping others in need. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Together, they cited information from 16 references.