On CL that is a woman trying to sell her breast milk... ERM I guess if it were going to an adult (for those fetish-y types) I would be ok, but buying BM from craigslist for a baby I am not sure I am ok with that, because even though they give you the "assurance" they aren't doing drugs or drinking or heaven forbid have some communicable disease, how do you really know? I mean Milk Banks test for those sorts of things I imagine. And she is selling it for 20-30 dollars per 6 ounces. Is this normal for people to sell breast milk like this and for this price or am I extremely sheltered (and possibly missing out on the milk for profit game?)
I've seen it before too. I know there is a local group that helps share breast milk for free. Apparently it's super beneficial to preemies. I could never sell it to adults. The creepy factor is too high! LOL
But the groups test the donors I am sure, cause though "breast is best" (according to some) I am pretty sure you don't want to give your newborn hepatitis or HIV. And to sell such a small amount for such an exuberant price? Selling it on craigslist for other babies seems wrong to me. Donated through the proper channels, it is a great thing. I dunno.
I don't agree with selling breastmilk for any reason. However I am a HUGE supporter of milk donation through Eats on Feets and Human Milk 4 Human Babies. I tried to pump to donate to babies in need but couldn't get enough when I was away from DD overnight recently, I received donor milk from a friend who is nursing her toddler and I was so grateful. I have three other moms who will pump or nurse DD for me if we need to be separated again. Then by June I should hopefully be overflowing with milk again, lol! I strongly believe in sharing breastmilk. You can screen your donors appropriately, and you can flash pasteurize if desired (though you lose nutrients).
Oh, I forgot to add - t's pretty rare too, to see communicable diseases in donated milk. It comes from nursing moms who are nursing their own babes, so of course they want to be sure it is safe for their own LOs. Getting to know your donor and finding one who is open to disclosing any medications or supplements they are on is key, and looking through the groups I mentioned above is a better way to do it than Craigslist. There are dangers to formula too (recalls etc) that people often forget!
I didn't really know about milk donation when I was BF DD. I'll definitely try to donate some this time. I really dislike pumping but it's worth it.
This is my local FB group...you might like it too Hilary.
I would never give my kid someone else's breast milk unless it was life and death. I have a local friend who was pumping and giving milk to another local mom--no group, no milk bank, no testing. Now she is finding out her milk has an extremely low fat content and while she has always blamed her tiny children on genetics, they now believe it's poor quality of her milk. Her daughter was 7 pounds at birth and 12 pounds at a year. One month on cows milk and she's up two pounds. I'm not sure even milk banks test for quality of that sort? Or just diseases? At any rate, I would choose formula before I'd take someone else's milk ( except maybe in the NICU). I guess it could be an issue for me if i was unable to feed directly--I can easily nurse but I can't pump, nothing comes out (but my breastfed baby weighed 20 pounds at five months so I know it's in there!!
And buying it off Craigslist? No way.
Hilary- You let friends BF your daughter? Not that I am opposed I just haven't heard much about it, can't say the thought never crossed my mind when someone elses kid was screaming and hungry.
I wasn't able to get much out when I pumped (maybe 4 ounces), and was a SAHM the entire first two years. I had a crummy pump too. I think we are going to take advantage of the free pump from insurance, if I have better luck with a better pump I will donate though.