In the United States, nonprofit milk banks that are accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North American (HMBANA) do not pay donors for breast milk. However, some for-profit milk banks do compensate donors. Money is also sometimes exchanged in direct peer-to-peer milk selling.
How much do you get for donating breast milk?
You can sell your breast milk at milk banks but most milk banks don’t call it selling, instead, they call it donating your milk. The pay is usually $1 per ounce of milk but other milk banks require you to donate 100 ounces first without pay before they start paying you.
What disqualifies you from donating breastmilk?
You may be disqualified from donating breast milk if you: Have or are being treated for HIV, HTLV (human T-cell leukemia virus), hepatitis B or C, or syphilis. Have a sexual partner who is at risk for HIV, HTLV, hepatitis B or C, or syphilis. Have used recreational drugs within the last year.
Is selling breast milk legal?
Selling breast milk is not illegal. It is unregulated. “When human milk is obtained directly from individuals or through the internet, the donor is unlikely to have been adequately screened for infectious disease or contamination risk,” according to the FDA.
How much does an oz of breastmilk cost?
The asking price on Only the Breast runs $1 to $2.50 an ounce. (A 6-month-old baby consumes about 30 ounces a day.)
Where can I sell my breast milk for money?
Some milk banks, such as Mothers Milk Cooperative, pay donors $1 an ounce. If you have extra breast milk and are not interested in selling it, you can donate it at National Milk Bank or the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. I spoke with a mom, Amber Taufen, who used to buy milk from a milk bank.
How much do hospitals pay for breast milk?
To cover these costs, the bank charges each hospital a “processing fee”—usually $4 to $5 per ounce.
How much does tiny treasures pay for breast milk?
Tiny Treasures Milk Bank compensates you $1 per ounce for your time and effort, while Helping Hands Milk Bank contributes $1 per oz to the breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen®.
How can I buy donor breast milk?
If breast milk is not readily supplied from their own mothers, a hospital can order pasteurized human donor milk (PHDM) from a Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) certified milk “bank.”
How much is breast milk worth on the black market?
On ad classified sites, like Only The Breast, and Breast Feeding Moms Unite, people sell their milk for around two dollars an ounce. That’s a bargain compared to over four dollars that milk banks will charge.
How much do bodybuilders pay for breast milk?
The average price is $1.50 per ounce, though there have been reports of women making thousands of dollars through online sales. Not all these men are drinking breast milk to build muscle. Some do it for a simpler reason: They enjoy it.
Why is breastmilk called liquid gold?
What’s so Special About “Liquid Gold”? Colostrum is thick, has a golden color, and serves a valuable purpose. It provides just the right nourishment to get a newborn off to a healthy start. According to La Leche League International, colostrum is produced during pregnancy and for a few days after childbirth.
Why is breast milk so expensive?
Donors are banned from smoking or drinking to excess and require a doctors approval prior to making their breast milk available to those in need. So because banks test, screen, and pasteurize the milk before it can be sold, it can be expensive.
What dies breastmilk taste like?
Breast milk tastes like milk, but probably a different kind than the store-bought one you’re used to. The most popular description is “heavily sweetened almond milk.” The flavor is affected by what each mom eats and the time of day. Here’s what some moms, who’ve tasted it, also say it tastes like: cucumbers.