Anonymous asked in Pregnancy & ParentingNewborn & Baby · 1 decade ago

Do They Sell Breast Milk ?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Donor milk banking is defined as the collection, screening, processing, and distribution of human milk from volunteer breastfeeding mothers. Donor milk is dispensed only by prescription to individuals with medical and/or nutritional needs which require human milk.

    No donor receives payment for her milk. Human milk is considered an organ and therefore illeagal to sell.

    Donor milk banks have put several safeguards into place to prevent the possibility of disease transmission. First, all donors are carefully screened for diseases of various kinds before their milk is accepted. In the informal sharing situation this safeguard is usually absent. Additionally, donor milk banks pasteurize all milk prior to distribution and check it for bacterial content. This safeguard is also not present when women share milk with each other informally.

    Each US milk bank adheres voluntarily to the Human Milk Banking Association of North America's (HMBANA) Guidelines for the Establishment and Operation of a Donor Human Milk Bank.

    The screening process for becoming a donor is a two-stage procedure. First the donor answers a detailed health history questionnaire. An additional form goes to her primary care provider to verify the accuracy of her health self-assessment. Potential donors may be excluded for the following reasons:

    receipt of a blood transfusion or blood products within the last 12 months.

    receipt of an organ or tissue transplant within the last 12 months.

    regular use of more than two ounces of hard liquor or its equivalent in a 24-hour period.

    regular use of over-the-counter medications or systemic prescriptions (insulin or thyroid replacement hormones and progestin-only birth control products are acceptable).

    use of megadose vitamins and/or pharmacologically active herbal preparations,

    total vegetarians (vegans) who do not supplement their diet with B-12 vitamins.

    use of illegal drugs.

    use of tobacco products.

    a history of hepatitis, systemic disorder of any kind, or chronic infections (eg., HIV, HTLV, tuberculosis).

    had a sexual partner in the last 12 months who is at risk for HIV, HTLV, or hepatitis (including anyone with hemophilia, or who has ever used a needle for prescription or non-prescription drugs, or who has taken money or drugs or for sexual favors).

    Once the prospective donor has completed the health history, she then enters stage two of the donor process and is tested serologically (through blood tests) for HIV-1 and HIV-2, HTLV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and syphilis. New tests may be added to this screening panel as new viruses emerge which could create potential problems for recipients. Milk banks will cover the cost of the serological screening. Repeat donors are treated as new donors with each pregnancy and must undergo screening again.

    Once collected, the donated milk is heat-treated to destroy any bacteria or viruses that may be present.

    Partial List of Clinical Uses

    Prematurity (multiple cases in all banks)

    IgA-deficient liver transplant patient

    IgA-deficient small bowel transplant patient

    Failure to thrive (FTT), drug exposure in utero

    Seizure disorder, metabolic disorder, low weight gain

    Cerebral palsy, brain stem injury/birth trauma, FTT

    Formula intolerance (multiple cases in all milk banks)

    Allergies to cow milk/soy milk proteins

    Family history of dairy allergy

    Cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, formula intolerance

    "Risk for immune deficiency" (= HIV-positive infant)

    Immune deficiency, post operative for cardiac problems

    Multiple birth, prematurity

    Ulcers, aspiration risk, immune deficiency


    Surrogate premature infant with intolerance

    Down syndrome, cardiac anomalies

    Bater Syndrome


    Brain tumor


    Maternal milk insufficiency (several cases)

    Chronic fatigue syndrome post Candidiasis

    Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)

    Cerebral palsy, oral aversion, developmental problems, reflux

    Surgical short gut post NEC ( at least 8 short gut cases were helped by milk banks)

    Multi-visceral organ transplant

    Twins with ventricular septal defect

    Baby with mother diagnosed with 4th stage breast cancer during pregnancy

    Babies with mothers who had breast reductions (insufficient milk)

    Baby with cancer

    Several adults with cancers of various types

    Netherton syndrome

    Distributing Milk Banks in the United States

    Regional Milk Bank, Worcester, MA 508.793.6005*

    Wilmington Mothers' Milk Bank, Wilmington, DE 302.733.2340

    Mothers' Milk Bank, Raleigh NC 919.350.8599*

    Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin, TX 512.494.0800

    Mothers' Milk Bank, Denver CO 303.869.1888 *

    Mothers' Milk Bank, San Jose, CA 408.998.4550*

    *Accepts out-of-state donors.

    Source(s): Breastfeeding, baby wearing mom of 2 beautiful boys with a medical background
  • 1 decade ago

    Nearly 11 million children die every year from preventable causes. During the first two months of life, a child receiving any food other than breast milk is nearly six times more likely to die from infectious diseases, compared to a breastfed child. If every baby were exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, 1.3 million lives could be saved every year, while complimentary feeding (a diet composed at least in part of breast milk) could prevent another 578,000 deaths. Breast milk provides complete nutrition for babies, as well as immune factors and helps provide the stimulation necessary for good development.

    Donated breast milk can help save the lives of children who would otherwise receive only replacement feedings.

    If you look at it this way............ it doesn't seem so far fetched.

    I am sure that if you look on E-Bay you could possibly find breast milk to buy. Although, I wouldn't recommend using it.

    Source(s): mom of 6
  • 1 decade ago

    Search on "mothers' milk bank". There are several across the country that make breastmilk available when you are unable to produce. All donating mothers are screened so that you can be comfortable you are getting healthy milk. Our neonatologist is involved in one of those and recommends it for babies in the NICU who aren't able to get milk from their mommies.

  • 1 decade ago

    eeww, why would you want to buy milk from another woman's breast? You don't know what kind of nutrition or diseases she has. At least cows milk from the dairy is tested.

    Just stick to formula.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, i dont think so. although they want to. To help with nutrition. so i guess it propably be in the future sometime. But it would be pretty funny seeing a womans milking station.( like cows) lol

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no. they do have breastmilk banks where you can apply to donate or receive milk. sometimes there is a charge for shipping and handling, but they usually dont charge for the milk itself

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm sure there are women who can be hired to breastfeed your child aka a live in wet nurse!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I like feeding on breast milk......but my GF.... is still in her teens........but will love to breastfeed when we will get married.....

    Until then i am buying breast milk from Mother Diary..................................................................................................................................................................

    Yeh i got it

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, but it's from cows.

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