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  #1  
July 21st, 2006, 11:02 AM
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I know some of you are tired of talking about the topic of breastfeeding but...

how do you feel about people buying breast milk from someone else to feed their baby or selling breast milk to others?
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July 21st, 2006, 12:01 PM
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How do you feel about people buying breast milk from someone else to feed their baby or selling breast milk to others?[/b]
Is this going on now already or this kinda a hypothetical? I ask because I don't know if it goes on.
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July 21st, 2006, 01:03 PM
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How do you feel about people buying breast milk from someone else to feed their baby or selling breast milk to others?[/b]
Is this going on now already or this kinda a hypothetical? I ask because I don't know if it goes on.
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Well....wet nursing is still common practice in some parts of the world, isn't it?
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July 21st, 2006, 01:08 PM
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How do you feel about people buying breast milk from someone else to feed their baby or selling breast milk to others?[/b]
Is this going on now already or this kinda a hypothetical? I ask because I don't know if it goes on.
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yes, it goes on. Women can donate their breast milk which gets steralized and all the junk and is sold to other moms whose children are preemies and so forth. The cost is about 3.50 an ounce, so it's not cheap.

I don't see an issue with it. Whats the difference between buying breast milk for your child, and cow's milk for an older child?
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July 21st, 2006, 01:10 PM
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yes, it goes on. Women can donate their breast milk which gets steralized and all the junk and is sold to other moms whose children are preemies and so forth. The cost is about 3.50 an ounce, so it's not cheap.

I don't see an issue with it. Whats the difference between buying breast milk for your child, and cow's milk for an older child?[/b]
You have me pondering a new way to earn a living.....

Huh. This is an interesting one. I have never given it much thought. Feeding your child another woman's expressed breast milk is way different than having a wet nurse and I *think* I would have an issue with the latter, but I'm not sure it's a big deal to me to think about my child having another woman's millk.
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July 21st, 2006, 01:13 PM
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It does exist, but its not like you make any money. You donate milk. The milk bank sends you a pump and supplies to ship it back to them. You have to go through a tough screening process. The milk is pasturized. Its not like I could pump and than sell it on e-bay So its not like people are making big bucks off of this. I think its a great idea!

ETA: It is mostly for preemies and babies whose mothers truly cant nurse. Sometimes insurance will pay for it. And I have no idea why it would be weird to give your child human milk from a human, but its not weird to drink milk from a cow
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July 21st, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Was going to say, there were probably alot of women saying Doh! when they read the cost of what they could've sold their milk for.

Seriously.. as long as it doesn't become a white milk is worth more than the black milk, I'm ok with it.
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July 21st, 2006, 01:23 PM
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Seriously.. as long as it doesn't become a white milk is worth more than the black milk, I'm ok with it.[/b]
Im pretty sure its anonymos(or however you spell that word )
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July 21st, 2006, 01:26 PM
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Im pretty sure its anonymos(or however you spell that word )[/b]
I knew I set myself up by that comment! <strike>I;m</strike> I'm going to need a spell checker for awhile!
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July 21st, 2006, 01:29 PM
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Honestly when I saw this I thought "ew". I just dont think I would feed my child something that came from another woman and I did not get the opportunity to know them and monitor what they ate etc. Im sure they have a strict screening process but I just wouldnt feel comfortable. Now if I ever got put in the situation that it was no formula, I couldnt breastfeed and it was the LAST resort to feed my child, then I would.
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July 21st, 2006, 01:30 PM
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I've thought about donating to a milk bank, and if I couldn't breastfeed and had exhausted all other options, I'd look into purchasing donor milk. I think it's a wonderful option for women that want their children to receive breastmilk but cannot produce it themselves.

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Honestly when I saw this I thought "ew". I just dont think I would feed my child something that came from another woman and I did not get the opportunity to know them and monitor what they ate etc. Im sure they have a strict screening process but I just wouldnt feel comfortable. Now if I ever got put in the situation that it was no formula, I couldnt breastfeed and it was the LAST resort to feed my child, then I would.[/b]
I'm just curious what you think the difference between breast milk and cows milk is when it comes to donor milk?
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July 21st, 2006, 01:39 PM
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I've thought about donating to a milk bank, and if I couldn't breastfeed and had exhausted all other options, I'd look into purchasing donor milk. I think it's a wonderful option for women that want their children to receive breastmilk but cannot produce it themselves.

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Honestly when I saw this I thought "ew". I just dont think I would feed my child something that came from another woman and I did not get the opportunity to know them and monitor what they ate etc. Im sure they have a strict screening process but I just wouldnt feel comfortable. Now if I ever got put in the situation that it was no formula, I couldnt breastfeed and it was the LAST resort to feed my child, then I would.[/b]
I'm just curious what you think the difference between breast milk and cows milk is when it comes to donor milk?
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I do not drink cows milk, I drink soy milk and unfortunately due to Fibrocystic Breast Disease I cannot breastfeed so I plan on using soy based formula for my child. I see where your going with this but I still do not agree. I plan to make home made baby food aswell. It's a personal choice, like I said in the end if it was my only option ofcourse I would do what was needed for my child. I know how important breastmilk is and I feel extremely guilty that I cannot provide what a mother should for her child.
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July 23rd, 2006, 06:09 PM
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I have more of a problem with the selling part. I am donating milk to a couple that is adopting. I pump when I get close to about 300 OZ they send me the package of dry ice to ship to them.
How much is it being sold for? I just think unitl WIC starts paying for BM in situations were the the mom can't provide it then it should be donated.
I would have no issues with using donor breastmilk adn would do everything I could to make sure my child never recieved any formula.
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July 23rd, 2006, 08:58 PM
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I think it's a great idea.
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July 23rd, 2006, 10:25 PM
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I think its an awesome thing for someone to donate their breastmilk. Breastmilk is important for all babies but it has even more benefits to premature babies and sick babies. I think all insurance should cover it.
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July 24th, 2006, 05:50 AM
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I don't know that i'd usr donor milk, b/c you just don't know the person, or anything like that. If i knew them personally though i'd consider it. Insurance should cover it though, but probably not a reality for most.

I don't know how I feel about donating though. I'm not to fond of the idea of somebody else making money of my milk. [I'm sure a portion goes to the cost of pasturiation or whatever, but they profit som as well i'm sure].
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July 24th, 2006, 06:00 AM
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It is really a bad idea.

The screaning process for the donated milk isn't up to standars with blood donation. It isn't as highly regulated either.

You can get aids, hepetities and a host of other diseases passed through breast milk. The blood is screened much better and you can still get sick from it.

UNLESS, it is a life threatening situation, then there is no need for it. It is a rare case when a baby HAS to have breast milk to survive, in that case if it is needed, and the mom can't supply it, then it should be there.

But there are lots of people who go outside of the donation/banking system to get "black-market" breast milk for their children.

It just is NOT worth the risk of the baby getting a deadly disease! Plus, everything the "donater/seller" eats/drinks/breathes is in that milk, and you have no control over it!

Women try to sell breastmilk in the papers all the time, Ebay had to ban it because it was going on there. But it went against their body-fluid/part policy (isn't it sick they have to have that).

again, unless it is lifesaving, why???????????????
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July 24th, 2006, 08:21 AM
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It is really a bad idea.

The screaning process for the donated milk isn't up to standars with blood donation. It isn't as highly regulated either.

You can get aids, hepetities and a host of other diseases passed through breast milk. The blood is screened much better and you can still get sick from it.

UNLESS, it is a life threatening situation, then there is no need for it. It is a rare case when a baby HAS to have breast milk to survive, in that case if it is needed, and the mom can't supply it, then it should be there.

But there are lots of people who go outside of the donation/banking system to get "black-market" breast milk for their children.

It just is NOT worth the risk of the baby getting a deadly disease! Plus, everything the "donater/seller" eats/drinks/breathes is in that milk, and you have no control over it!

Women try to sell breastmilk in the papers all the time, Ebay had to ban it because it was going on there. But it went against their body-fluid/part policy (isn't it sick they have to have that).

again, unless it is lifesaving, why???????????????[/b]

Because it's breastmilk, and a lot of women would feel more comfortable feeding their little one breastmilk than formula.

Is the screenig process that bad? I mean...how dangerous can breastmilk be really?? Does this mean we can pass on aids, hepatitis and other diseases to our own children if we breastfeed? You would think that if someone had these diseases, the screening process would obviously pick up on them...it's not like someone has a cold and you just "miss" it..these are pretty serious diseases.
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July 24th, 2006, 08:24 AM
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It is really a bad idea.

The screaning process for the donated milk isn't up to standars with blood donation. It isn't as highly regulated either.

You can get aids, hepetities and a host of other diseases passed through breast milk. The blood is screened much better and you can still get sick from it.

UNLESS, it is a life threatening situation, then there is no need for it. It is a rare case when a baby HAS to have breast milk to survive, in that case if it is needed, and the mom can't supply it, then it should be there.

But there are lots of people who go outside of the donation/banking system to get "black-market" breast milk for their children.

It just is NOT worth the risk of the baby getting a deadly disease! Plus, everything the "donater/seller" eats/drinks/breathes is in that milk, and you have no control over it!

Women try to sell breastmilk in the papers all the time, Ebay had to ban it because it was going on there. But it went against their body-fluid/part policy (isn't it sick they have to have that).

again, unless it is lifesaving, why???????????????[/b]

Because it's breastmilk, and a lot of women would feel more comfortable feeding their little one breastmilk than formula.

Is the screenig process that bad? I mean...how dangerous can breastmilk be really?? Does this mean we can pass on aids, hepatitis and other diseases to our own children if we breastfeed? You would think that if someone had these diseases, the screening process would obviously pick up on them...it's not like someone has a cold and you just "miss" it..these are pretty serious diseases.
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I think where her point might be valid because she's kinda asking, what is the screening process? How do we know that system is safe?
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July 24th, 2006, 08:30 AM
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It is really a bad idea.

The screaning process for the donated milk isn't up to standars with blood donation. It isn't as highly regulated either.

You can get aids, hepetities and a host of other diseases passed through breast milk. The blood is screened much better and you can still get sick from it.

UNLESS, it is a life threatening situation, then there is no need for it. It is a rare case when a baby HAS to have breast milk to survive, in that case if it is needed, and the mom can't supply it, then it should be there.

But there are lots of people who go outside of the donation/banking system to get "black-market" breast milk for their children.

It just is NOT worth the risk of the baby getting a deadly disease! Plus, everything the "donater/seller" eats/drinks/breathes is in that milk, and you have no control over it!

Women try to sell breastmilk in the papers all the time, Ebay had to ban it because it was going on there. But it went against their body-fluid/part policy (isn't it sick they have to have that).

again, unless it is lifesaving, why???????????????[/b]

Because it's breastmilk, and a lot of women would feel more comfortable feeding their little one breastmilk than formula.

Is the screenig process that bad? I mean...how dangerous can breastmilk be really?? Does this mean we can pass on aids, hepatitis and other diseases to our own children if we breastfeed? You would think that if someone had these diseases, the screening process would obviously pick up on them...it's not like someone has a cold and you just "miss" it..these are pretty serious diseases.
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I think where her point might be valid because she's kinda asking, what is the screening process? How do we know that system is safe?
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I too don't know much about the screening proccess. In fact I know nothing of the screening proccess LOL!!! I would just think that something as serious as aids and hepatitis would be picked up no matter what.
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