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Can I sell my breast milk??

Postby Caydens mommy on Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:58 pm

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Postby WCM on Tue Jul 04, 2006 9:44 am

It is illegal in Canada to sell any bodily fluids or organs/tissues. Think of the ramifications. They'd love to hear from you at the breastmilk Bank i'm sure. :)
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Postby barb on Tue Jul 04, 2006 7:56 pm

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Postby fotojenic on Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:54 pm

Dear Barb

I have a endearing breast milk story for you. Our first son was 6 weeks premature and I had many complications getting him here. I was blessed with bountiful milk supply. When our son came home we brought tons and tons of little pink containers home with us, my husband jokingly called me island farms. We used some of it but by 5 months our son wouldn't take a bottle any more. I knew that it was only good for so long in the deep freeze, but I left it there. My husband kept asking me what I was going to do with it and I said don't worry about it. It sat in the deep freeze for 2 years because I just couldn't get rid of it. When we moved last summer my husband gently asked me if I wanted him to get rid of it or move it to the new house and keep it for another 2 years. I laughed and cried and realized that I had an emotionally bond with my breast milk, I was afraid that by letting it go I was letting go of everything we had gone through. My husband tells other men friends in a sweet manner not to let their wives get to attached to their breast milk.

I had to share this with you Barb because you have shared so much with us on such a sensitive subject.

Jen


To the OP I to urge you to donate it to children's hospital. Once you have been to children's hospital it will change you life forever and you will want to give and help as much as you can for other parents.
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Postby Caydens mommy on Wed Jul 05, 2006 3:46 pm

I believe that the Breast milk bank does wonderful work. When my little guy was first born I actually almost had to use it as I had NO milk. Through many many many hours of pumping, I still pump every three hours through the night I am able to supply my babe with milk but pumping regularly is the only way for me to keep the supply. I have a ton of stored breast milk. I would like to sell it as I have spent sooooo many hours pumping to get it. Truly I pump about three hours a day. Why shouldn't I be compensated for my time? My issue with the breast milk bank is it charges huge prices for the milk. When I looked into it for my son they said at the beginning it will cost about 500-600 dollars a month. I realize that the process is probably very expensive, but I'd be surprised if it cost that much. I would be interested in finding out if this is true though. Anyways, I did not mean to hurt or offend anyone that was not my intentions. Barb my heart goes out to you, I can not imagine the hurt of losing a child.
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Postby barb on Wed Jul 05, 2006 7:42 pm

Caydens Mommy - yes I do believe it costs about that much for the breast milk and when it's the only thing you child can eat it wouldn't matter the cost. I believe they use that money to process the milk and if any left over goes to the hospital (I am only guessing here). I udnerstand the feeling of pumping every three hours - I did it too and it is exhausting. I am glad you have found a situation that works for you.

Fotojenic - thank you for your story! It brought tears to my eyes. It is enteresting what we moms get attached to eh? I have a pair of shoes I bought for emma - she never wore them but I can't bear to part with them!

I probably took this post too personally but I am a little emotional right now...the saturday would have been Emma's 3rd birthday.

Take care!
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Postby Brenda N on Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:13 pm

*Hugs* Barb.

Cayden's Mommy - there are many things we can get paid for in this world...but pumping breast milk isn't one of them. Consider yourself blessed with the ability to make a contribution that will truly make a difference for someone. Your compensation will be knowing you did the right thing and it will stick with you much longer than a few dollars ever would have.

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Postby Shawna C. on Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:16 pm

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”
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Postby SueCq on Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:47 pm

I saw a lactation consultant and she told me about a friend she had who had so much breastmilk frozen that she could not bear to waste, so she cooked with it instead of cows milk. (I have not tried this, I just heard about it)
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Postby barb on Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:18 pm

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Postby WCM on Wed Jul 12, 2006 10:29 am

FYI you can't sell any part of your body in Canada Samsmom, not sperm, nor eggs nor blood. Just to clarify
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Re: Can I sell my breast milk??

Postby Cleo on Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:14 pm

I'd like to buy! Where can I find a seller in Vic locally? I have milk but would like back up for a last minute night out with drinks. Because I'm not in desperate need I'd feel better buying it. I don't want pasteurized breast milk so no good bank for me:)
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Re: Can I sell my breast milk??

Postby Sonia22 on Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:19 pm

It is illegal to sell breast milk. I have been donating to the milk bank for about 7 months now so I know how tiring it is pumping every few hours. I still wake up in the middle of the night or early morning to pump even though my baby can sleep through the night. The milk bank actually is in need of milk all the time because they don't get a lot of ppl donating to it. Might be a bit tedious at first to start off but it's nothing hard. They called with some questions, then send you a questionnaire and check with your doc. You also have to do a blood test. They also take milk that's already pumped. Actually they asked me to call them back when I have 100oz frozen milk to donate. I called them back in 3 days lol. But yeah, they do take all the previously frozen milk when you are approved.
Cleo, there's a facebook site for moms to share breast milk that you can go to to get some if you are looking for some.
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