Breast milk. That’s right, not just any breast milk, but human breast milk. That stuff could trade for 400 times more than the price of crude oil and 2,000 times more than even some industrial metals. If you were to bottle it up and sell it over the counter, right off the shelf, it could cost more than 150 times the price of a gallon of cow’s milk and then push past 15 times more than everyone’s favorite morning beverage from Starbucks, coffee.
It’s a big business, with breastfeeding mothers everywhere, although some states are looking to regulate (go figure) the business due to some toss ups between nonprofit and for-profit banks that supply breast milk for hospital neonatal units.
From The Blaze:
The debate among the for-profit and nonprofit organizations can be sharp-elbowed. It centers on whose processes result in the safest milk for premature babies in neonatal intensive care units, which need the milk if a mother has difficulty producing enough or the child has trouble latching. Each side claims the moral high ground, with nonprofits generally saying milk distribution should be altruistic and for-profit companies arguing mothers deserve to be compensated.
What are you’re thoughts? I tend to lean towards freedom every time, and would feel that whatever woman provides the breast milk from her own breasts, should call the shots – no regulations necessary. Otherwise, there are plenty of newborn formulas that can be bought and used…
In the United States, there are two for-profit companies and soon to be three, and one nonprofit that oversees 15 milk banks in the U.S. in addition to three in Canada. Ten nonprofit banks are in development. Against this backdrop, lawmakers in New Jersey and Michigan are considering legislation to license banks, while legislators in California, Maryland, New York and Texas already have regulations.
Mothers have long had far from a monolithic view on the question of milk banking, but what’s changing is the availability of more options as the industry matures. For some, the work involved in cleaning bottle parts and in pumping and storing their milk warrants being paid. Others view donating their milk, considered superior to formula in nutrition and immunity-building qualities, as a charitable service.
Kelli Russell is a woman from North Carolina that goes the extra mile and decided to donate her breast milk:
“You just never know who it’s going to. It could go to someone who could someday cure cancer or it could be someone that marries my son or takes care of me if I need help one day if I’m in the hospital.”
Rachel Palencik, another woman from of Pennsylvania, who found herself with a freezer full of breast milk, and didn’t know what to do with it, so she tried to donate it to a bank, but the amount of milk was too little. She then tried to sell it – and she soon learned that she wasn’t going to do that again.
“A lot of it was either scammers or men wanting to consume it, which isn’t my cup of tea.”
She just ended up giving it away to someone who needed it.
The nonprofits claim they honor the right of mothers to sell their milk because it belongs to them, BUT they question the goals of other companies like Medolac, Prolacta.
As long as you can produce milk, it should be yours to do with.
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