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Moms Talk About the Peddling of Breast Milk Online

A mother's milk has numerous benefits for her baby, but is that also true for any woman's breast milk? Mothers are buying and selling the liquid gold on the Internet for various reasons. We asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers if the FDA should stop this practice. Here's what they had to say.

  • "Maybe just put a regulation on what should be done first. As long as it comes from the boob it is usually fine, but when it is put into something else and out for a while it is not always ideal. Milk Banks are here to help. We should really be supporting their efforts." — Christy H.
  • "Yes. Who in their right mind would buy/take it from a stranger?" — Darlene C.
  • "Eww! I didn't know this was happening. There's a reason why you don't buy a used pump even if it's thoroughly cleaned. It's a bodily fluid. You don't share that." — Luz S.
  • "Ummm...definitely, HIV can be transmitted through breast milk. I'm all for donating breast milk to preemies and babies whose mothers can't bf but it needs to be regulated." — Amanda K.
  • "It should be regulated." — Keisha W.
  • "Should it stop it from happening. Heck no! Should it put some rules in place... sure but its not really going to stop Sally from going to her neighbor and giving her milk. Parents need to be careful themselves about what they feed their kids. Eats on Feets has continually been brought up in discussions and it really ticks me off. People have Eats on Feets completely wrong. Eats on Feets is in place to help parents feed their children the best way they can. It is known that breast is best. That is a fact that can not be disputed. Eats on Feets recommends that recipients have their donors tested. I'm sure that most donors are asked to be tested... I was. And yes, milk is a bodily fluid but given the choice, I'd rather my child have human milk (or bodily fluid) than that from another animal." — Katie M.
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FrankiLee FrankiLee 6 years
Totally agree with Katie M! I missed this discussion -- haven't been on here for a while! But she makes all of the points I would have liked to make :)
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