By Michael Wong | April 5, 2019.
Do you produce more breast milk than your baby consumes?
If you do, have you considered selling or donating your breast milk to others who need it, and get some money in return?
If this sounds interesting, read on...
Selling breast milk for money may sound rather strange at first. Some people may even find it offensive.
But the fact is there is demand for breast milk, and thousands of mothers across the United States, and around the world, donate or sell their excess breast milk for money.
Here are some reasons why people buy breast milk:
Sellers on the Only The Breast marketplace charge anywhere from 25¢ to $3 per ounce of breast milk. The vast majority are charging $1 to $2 per ounce.
Research shows that exclusively breastfed babies between one and six months old require an average of 25 to 30 ounces of breast milk per day. Sometime after six months, depending on a baby's intake from other foods, a baby's intake of breast milk begins to decrease gradually.
Here is a table of how much money you could make if you sold 25 ounces of breast milk per day:
If you have 25 ounces of breast milk per day for sale, and sell it for an average of $2 per ounce, you could make $1,500 in a month! That will help to pay for diapers.
Unlike blood, sperm and egg donations, breast milk is considered a food, so it is not regulated in the same way by government authorities.
According to the US Food & Drug Administration website, "There are human milk banks that take voluntary steps to screen milk donors, and safely collect, process, handle, test, and store the milk. In a few states, there are required safety standards for such milk banks. FDA has not been involved in establishing these voluntary guidelines or state standards."
Pasteurizing breast milk kills skin and gastrointestinal bacteria, as well as many viruses, including those that cause colds. But pasteurization also destroys some of the beneficial substances in breast milk.
The Only The Breast website recommend pasteurizing all breast milk, which can be carried out by the seller or buyer.
For more info on how to pasteurize breast milk, read the "Pasteurization Tips" article (http://c1ick.us/onlythebreast-pasteurizationtips) on the Only The Breast website.
For information on how to store and freeze breast milk, read the "Freezing And Storage Tips" article (http://c1ick.us/onlythebreast-freezingandstoragetips) on the Only The Breast website.
How to ship breast milk to the buyer:
Websites like Craigslist and eBay prohibit the sale of bodily fluids.
The best way to find buyers for your breast milk is by posting an ad in the "Only The Breast" website.
Alternatively, you can donate your breast milk to the "Mothers Milk Cooperative," which will pay you $1 per ounce. Visit each website for more information:
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