Women takes out ad to sell breast milk

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Martha Heller is a 22-year-old mother with some extra breast milk on her hands. Her 4-month-old daughter won't drink from a bottle, so she has been donating her extra breast milk to the University of Iowa's Mother's Milk Bank. But prior to going through milk bank's screening process, she had pumped about 100 ounces of milk that's been sitting in her freezer. Rather than let that milk go to waste, Heller decided there might be someone out there willing to pay for it.

After researching Iowa's laws regarding the sale of breast milk, she placed an ad in the Cedar Rapids newspaper, The Gazette, asking for $200 or best offer for the whole batch. According to a lactation consultant at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, breast milk can generally be stored safely in a freezer for up to six months. And although what she is doing isn't against the law, Iowa state health officials have advised against it.

Heller's milk may be safe, but I don't think I'd be willing to take that chance with my infant. As the director of the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa points out, donated milk is pasteurized to kill any bacteria or viruses that might be present. This freezer milk is obviously of the non-pasteurized variety. Heller says she has only gotten one call on the ad so far and it was a crank. What do you think of her attempt to sell her extra breast milk?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.