Capitalist Mom GFE (Google fucking exists).
I hit Google myself after reading your article, and got a
plethora of articles on milk banks, moms looking to sell,
and various shopping sites apparently pimping it. With a more
defined search I’m sure she can find something along her line.
Alternatively, she could try asking at her hospital or La
Leche League—although I wouldn’t recommend mentioning that
she’s looking to sell to fetishists. There are plenty of women
out there who can’t breastfeed or don’t produce enough milk,
and La Leche League has people convinced that feeding your
baby formula is child abuse. As a result, there are a number
of gullible mammary-impaired women out there plopping down
huge bucks for a stranger’s milk. As selling breast milk is
technically a black-market affair (there are milk banks that
require prescriptions and collect something like $3.25 an
ounce), she might want to be discreet about it.
Totally Sell If She Were Lactating
I’ve had people offer to buy my breast milk, so I know there’s
a market for it. However, it’s easier—and legally, I’m guessing,
more advisable—for Capitalist Mom to do photo shoots squirting
milk. I did it for Juggs magazine, and they paid me
quite well. She could probably continue to sell photos to
magazines and websites, or even start her own site, the whole
time she’s lactating. If she doesn’t have her own photographer,
the mags/sites could hook her up with one. In fact, if she’s
in the L.A. area I could refer her to the woman who did my
I’m writing in response to Capitalist Mom, who was wondering
about selling her breast milk to fetishists. While it may
be the case that some people get off on drinking, having,
playing with, making popsicles, etc., out of breast milk,
it is also the case that people with cancer appear to be able
to derive benefits from drinking it.
It seems to be the case that breast milk, which carries antibodies
and all sorts of other good things (which is why, of course,
it’s good for babies), can similarly be of genuine benefit
to folks who have compromised immune systems. The caveat being
that breast milk, insomuch as it is extremely fatty, does
tend to carry a rather unfortunate amount of the environmental
toxins that we pick up and store in our fat cells, from things
like eating mercury-heavy tuna, inhaling all day in office
environments where lots of plastics are off-gassing, or, I
don’t know, smoking or some such.
So, my overlong point is, Capitalist Mom might want to think
about investigating the possibility of selling her breast
milk to folks trying to fight off cancer. I believe there
is a market opportunity.
First, I just want to warn readers that breast milk is a major
source of vertical transmission of HIV—that is, from mother
to infant. So there would also exist a concern for breast
milk giving an adult drinker HIV.
Here is a story about selling human breast milk from the San
Francisco Chronicle: www.sfgate.com/cg
The article focuses on adoptive parents and others who purchase
breast milk for their children because of the potential health
benefits. But the story points out that many sellers are creeped
out by contact from “…men who don’t seem to have babies,”
so I’m sure that Capitalist Mom would do just fine on one
of the sites the reporter mentions.
Google Instead of Working
To the capitalist cow who wants to sell her milk: If she had
any sense of decency she would donate her milk to a breast-milk
bank. There is one in Vancouver, B.C., and I bet there are
some in American cities as well. It is one of the few ways
that premature or sick babies, or babies of sick mothers,
can get proper nutrition early in life. As it is now, we have
to feed babies lots of artificially prepared ‘formulas’ so
that they can survive. They have calories, but not all of
the other benefits of breast milk.
Screw the fetishists, feed a sick baby.
The breastfeeding moms I know, their nipples cracked and sore,
feel like their breasts are eating their bodies. They CANNOT
FUCKING BELIEVE how long it takes to squeeze out a half-bottle
of milk—granting them a whole new respect for the gallons
on sale at the supermarket. Extracurricular milk production
isn’t high on their to-do lists.
First, I’m not a lawyer, just a law student with an interest
in sexual rights, gay and straight. I just wanted to alert
you that there is at least some concern regarding criminal
liability for people interested in the sorts of businesses
about which Capitalist Mom inquired. Not too long ago, a female
college student was convicted under a federal statute for
sending dirty panties, used vibrators, “menstrual themed”
products, etc., to paying customers who located her on the
web. (Here’s an article from the Concerned Women for America,
an organization of antiporn crusaders that praises the conviction:
With the Bush administration declaring a war on porn, and
following through, the next few years will likely produce
some landmark events for sexual rights. It’s especially unclear
how the Lawrence decision will figure into this; not just
pornography, but sexual rights generally.
About Concerned Americans
Regarding Capitalist Mom and her search for a breast-milk
market, I doubt her claim that she “looked online,” since
typing in “sell breast milk” returns lots of good results.
Regardless of her competence, you might check out a blog post
I did on this very subject last month: www.tothepeople.com/2006/04/peak-breast-milk.html.
It includes links to a website where she might get in touch
with people who want to buy her milk for up to about $3 per
Is The Shit
There was an underground bank set up to sell human milk to
cancer sufferers—if Capitalist Mom would like to cash in on
the desperation and suffering of others. Or she could share
her good fortune and donate breast milk. I donated to a milk
bank for months that provided for premature babies. The reason
there is no payment for milk is the same reason blood donations
aren’t paid for—they want to rely on the goodwill and altruism
Incidentally, breastfeeding saves quite a bit of money, but
if you ever hope to recoup the costs of having a child, perhaps
CM should start planning to get the nipper into law school/medical
school. Or perhaps she could sell the child on the internet.