The United Press has a story of a mom who has been pumping for some time, just to find out that her 4 month old daughter won’t take a bottle.
Martha Heller is causing quite a stir because she has taken out a newspaper ad to sell some of the breast milk that is piling up in her freezer.
She explains to The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette, “I’d much rather a baby use it, because at some point we’ll have to throw it away.”
She said she tried to research law about the sale of breast milk — but couldn’t find any.
Heller also donates to the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa, based at the University of Iowa. However, the 100 ounces she is trying to sell is what she had pumped before being screened and cleared for the milk bank.
Breast milk generally can be used up to six months if stored properly, said Linda Klein, a lactation consultant at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. But she warned that medical conditions and medications a mother takes can be passed through breast milk.
So here’s the question…Would you buy this breast milk?
Even though I am a HUGE supporter of breastfeeding, I would not buy this milk.
This milk was made for Martha’s daughter. It is specially formulated for that baby, not mine.
Not to mention the fact that everything you eat, drink or smoke goes into your breast milk and in turn into your child’s body. I just wouldn’t chance it…