Yet another demographic that has their own reasons for trading in raw milk, nevermind that it’s of human instead of bovine origin:
For new parents, there’s no avoiding the adage that “breast is best.” Major health agencies, including the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatricians, have long concurred that breast milk is the ideal source of nutrition for infants — especially in the first six months of their lives. But what if that breast milk came from another woman? And what if you ordered it over the internet?
Since around 2005, the business of online breast milk exchange has boomed. Websites like Only The Breast and Milk Share offer thousands of listings, either from parents looking to sell excess breast milk or from those hoping to purchase some product. The posts read like a series of personal ads for human mammary fluids: broken into categories like “selling in bulk,” “fat babies,” and “special diet,” each advertisement allows interested parties to learn about a seller’s age, location, lifestyle, and maybe even peep a few pictures of their newborn. “Chubby 80th percentile baby willing to share!!” reads one listing, accompanied by a photo of a well-fed infant. Another touts that “my milk is gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free,” while a third brags that “my husband and I are both ex pro-athletes for NBA and WNBA.”
But according to the first-ever study examining the safety of online breast milk sales, the phenomenon isn’t nearly as healthy as the alleged lifestyles of some mothers involved. A team out of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, reporting in Pediatrics, conducted something of a sting operation to investigate the contents of 101 breast milk samples acquired from the web. They found that 74 percent of the milk failed to meet safety standards, with some samples containing fecal matter and others contaminated with salmonella or E.coli bacteria….”