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Old 05-22-2012, 08:31 PM   #31
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Do you have a milk bank nearby? Don't they pay for breastmilk?

Some parents prefer to buy breastmilk as it comes with the reassurance of medical tests/pasteurization etc to ensure it's safety.

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I could be totally off here, but I thought the sale of breast milk/bodily fluids was illegal?
My thoughts too... wonder if it differs from state to state?
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Heh! So it is... I even saw your post and was like "Huh? I don't see any brain-nomming going on...."
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ZOMBIE THREAD!
And the OP hasn't been on since '10 so we will never get to find out the ending!
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I can understand why people would discourage you from selling your milk, but I don't think that those same people will step up and pay for your family's living expenses so you can keep donating.

It's like saying that a landlord shouldn't charge rent because people need housing. Or that the local farmers with farmstands should just give away their produce because people need food. Yes, sometimes, many times, it is possible to give things away, but sometimes you need money to support your family, and at that point in time you sell your wares instead.

That being said, I have no helpful advice as to how to find buyers for your milk. Best wishes to you and your family.
I completely agree! This is an asset you have. The formula companies don't give it away, why should you?
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I can understand why people would discourage you from selling your milk, but I don't think that those same people will step up and pay for your family's living expenses so you can keep donating.

It's like saying that a landlord shouldn't charge rent because people need housing. Or that the local farmers with farmstands should just give away their produce because people need food. Yes, sometimes, many times, it is possible to give things away, but sometimes you need money to support your family, and at that point in time you sell your wares instead.

That being said, I have no helpful advice as to how to find buyers for your milk. Best wishes to you and your family.
Well said, I agree...you were a donor for a long time and have helped countless babies/children...you have a commodity that you have been selflessly giving away because you were capable of doing so...Would you donate all of the food in your pantry if you couldn't buy more? No...nobody would. Your first and foremost responsibility is to care for your family and keep them safe and intact...not put others first. You have given an incredible gift to many, now it's time to give a gift to your family, staying afloat in a tough time...use it if you got it. I say sell it....maybe get a blood panel done proving you are healthy/disease-free as a backup...I would look into the liability of this as well...the last thing you need is a lawsuit from a buyer when their baby gets sick or worse, maybe even dies of SIDS and they try to blame you...I don't want to scare you from supporting your family with this, but just be aware of the risks. I would email the websites that specialize or the milk bank you donate to and see if they can shed light...

I truly hope and pray that everything works out for you and DH finds the perfect job with the perfect salary soon...

Try not to feel guilty about selling instead of donating...you have a lot to be proud of, be proud you helped so many, instead of feeling guilty you are not able to give it away for free now.

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ZOMBIE THREAD!
Indeed! But alas, I am back! Soon after I posted this we lost our internet and have been without it ever since. I had my phone for e-mail and such, so I survived. We found that we liked our home better without internet on the computer.

As an update - in my state it is not illegal to sell your own breast milk. I was able to find a family that was able to pay for it, so I sold it for about 6 months. Since then I contacted a lawyer and was able to patent my idea for starting a breast-milk selling business - mainly aimed for low income mothers that would normally go to WIC to get free formula. Those that meet the income requirements can get free breast milk, those that don't are able to buy it for CHEAPER than what formula would cost. I have gotten several interested investors and have lined up several sponsors to help make this happen. So far I have 27 mothers lined up to donate and/or sell. And luckily, thanks to the wise words from the CDC, human breast milk does not need to be pasteurized - in fact they say it's completely safe and nothing needs to be done to it. We will still do a blood panel on all of our mothers, however.

I had baby #5 earlier this month and have already been able to donate some breast milk to a family that was in a tough spot like I was back in 2010.

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Oh! And update #2, my husband started his own business the beginning of 2011 and we have made more than we did before he lost his job. It has truly been a blessing and we feel like everything that happened was supposed to happen, that God wanted us to start this business. We have had more family time together and my husband is so happy to be using his degree and doing what he loves. I am still able to stay home and homeschool my kids.
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There was something in my grandmothers paper(boston globe?) she sent me the article. About how people buy breast milk at $3 an oz for their children and cancer patients. I'm not sure how to find a buyer tho
Yes - that's from a milk bank. They don't charge a penny for the milk itself - you pay for the pasturization process that is required for milk that passes through the milk bank. People donate milk to the milk bank, and then it's pasturized and fees are collected when it's given out to preemies who are high risk, cancer patients, etc.
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