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Saturday 23 November 2019
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Breast Milk Selling for $100 a Litre on the Black Market

We all know that breast milk is like liquid gold, pumping and expressing every last drop you can. But now there’s an actual dollar amount on it, $100 a litre on the black market.

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If you believe the sellers on some Facebook pages around the country, another woman’s breast milk can help sports performance and is said to contain less protein than cow’s milk, therefore not breaking any ‘sports enhancing’ rules, increase your general well-being and will keep sickness at bay.

We all know breast milk has amazing benefits, loads of necessary vitamins and minerals and when it’s available is best for most babies…that’s right babies. Not adults, surely.

A recent study conducted has demystified the claims made by the sellers on their breast milk websites. The Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine have said the study showed that the claim of less protein in breast milk compared to cow’s milk is simply untrue.

But there are other issues here too; Like blood, breast milk is a body fluid and therefore should be treated as such. Unlike donor milk banks around the country, where amazing mums donate their excess milk, or milk they can’t give their own child to help sick and premature babies, there is absolutely no screening process for ‘black market breast milk’.

There are no mandatory screening, collection or transportation requirements. So you may be buying milk that has been collected, stored and transported incorrectly, and is now at a very high risk of being contaminated and containing bacteria.

This milk or the donor has not been through a screening process to exclude Hepatitis, HIV and Syphilis, all which can be passed on through breast milk.

My advice?  Stick to the milk that comes in a carton.



Emily Lockley

Emily Lockley is 32, which she thinks is a great age by the way, still young enough to want to have fun and just old enough to not really care about the dramas of your twenties.and not where she thought she would be. In saying that for the most part, she loves where she's at. Great partner, loving family, amazing friends, living in Melbourne..blah blah right?! There is always something else we want, for her that's a baby, but it's just not happening the way she thought it would. Emily is an infertility blogger who writes of her journey through fertility treatment and the longing to become a Mum in a very real, raw and honest way.


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