But in Australia, demand for breast milk is so high — and supply so low — that a black market of sorts has developed, where a liter of breast milk goes for as much as $1,000.
The issue of feeding another woman’s breast milk to your child has been around for a while. Salma Hayek did it in Africa, and in some circles/families, it’s completely normal for a trusted sister or friend to lift her shirt for a loved one’s baby.
But getting breast milk from either a known source or a breast milk bank that screens its donors is one thing. Milk off a “black market?” Is that really safer than bottle feeding your baby? After all, formula can’t give your baby hepatitis.
A high demand for breast milk is a good problem to have, for babies at least, but it sounds like Australia needs to get on the ball and regulate the process so that parents can choose a healthy and safe food for their baby.
Would you ever feed your baby breast milk that wasn’t from a milk bank — be it from a stranger or friend?
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