Can you buy breast milk for babies?
A nonprofit program of Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation, Mothers’ Milk Bank collects, processes, tests and provides donor human milk to babies across the country. Babies who receive the milk may be premature or have severe illnesses and need human milk to thrive.
How much does it cost to buy breast milk?
The cost of donor milk varies but is generally estimated as $3-5 per ounce, which includes both direct costs such as screening of donors, and processing and pasteurizing of breast milk, and indirect costs such as research and infrastructure.
Is it illegal to buy breast milk?
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.
Is it OK to feed your baby someone else’s breast milk?
The AAP does not encourage using informally shared breast milk, citing the risks of spreading disease. It can also expose an infant to medications, alcohol, drugs, or other contaminants.
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.
Is it illegal to sell breast milk soap?
Despite the Food and Drug Administration’s recent warning regarding the risks of obtaining donor milk from sources such as the Internet,9 the informal sale of human breast milk, whether through the Internet or some other means, is not regulated by the federal government or any state government.
How do I get paid for my 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 diseases can be passed through breast milk?
The concern is about viral pathogens, known to be blood-borne pathogens, which have been identified in breast milk and include but are not limited to hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), West Nile virus, human T-cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV), and HIV.
Is there a breast milk bank?
Is there a professional organization for milk banks? Yes. Mothers’ Milk Bank Austin is one of 30 milk banks who are accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). HMBANA is an accrediting organization formed in 1985 to promote, protect, and support donor milk banking.