Mom Sells Her Breast Milk for $20 a Bottle to Pay for Christmas Gifts

I can't help but wonder what the investors on Shark Tank would think of this little business. A mother from England is reportedly making a very small fortune selling her breast milk for $20 a bottle so that she can pay for her children's Christmas presents. Rebecca Hudson, 26, is a mom of four who has been auctioning off her breast milk online for about a year -- and has managed to earn $4,750 so far -- which will buy quite a few Elsa and Anna dolls.

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Like lots of moms, Hudson says she had some trouble producing milk at first for her daughter Milly, who was born 10 weeks premature. We can assume her body caught up with the demand -- fast -- because she was soon making more than her baby could consume and didn't even have room in her fridge and freezer to store it.

Instead of dumping all of that liquid gold, Hudson says she tried to donate her breast milk to the hospital, but that they didn't need it. So, she says she became inspired by American women whom she read about profiting from their milk and thought it made total sense to sell it so she could use the money to buy gifts for her children.

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Now, before you go and gush about the great thing this mom is doing for other women who can't produce breast milk, hold that thought.

Hudson says she has eight regular customers -- including a male bodybuilder who uses it for its nutritional benefits and chefs who use it as an ingredient in their recipes. She says she doesn't discriminate and that it isn't her business what her clients do with her breast milk.

Look, buying breast milk from a stranger isn't something I could ever picture myself doing because I would be too creeped out by the thought that I don't know this person and have no idea how she treats her body or what she eats and drinks. But if there is a market for it -- and clearly there is -- I don't see why she should sell her breast milk exclusively to moms.

My problem with this isn't her clientele -- it's the fact that there is no way to regulate breast milk sold online and, though this particular mom may be healthy and her intentions pure, there's no guarantee that all moms attempting to sell their breast milk will be like her. It's just too big of a risk to take.

What do you think about this mom selling her breast milk to buy Christmas gifts?

 

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