Posted by: brambledoula | November 2, 2007

Milk for sale!

Man if there was an open market for breastmilk I could’ve been rolling in $$ last kiddo around. I sincerely hope this lady gets a buyer for a baby who would otherwise go without.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa(AP) A woman who doesn’t want her breast milk to go to waste has taken out a newspaper ad in hopes of selling it. Martha Heller, 22, of Tiffin, took out the ad in The Gazette, offering 100 ounces of her breast milk for $200 or the best offer.

Heller said her freezer is overflowing with breast milk that she has pumped since August. Her 4-month-old daughter won’t drink from a bottle and the supply is piling up.

Heller now donates to the University of Iowa’s Mother’s Milk Bank, but the 100 ounces of milk she wants to sell was pumped before going through the screening process for the bank and cannot be donated.

Linda Klein, a lactation consultant at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, said breast milk can generally be stored in a freezer for up to six months.

Heller said she researched laws regarding the sale of breast milk and couldn’t find any in Iowa.

Don McCormick, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said he was not aware of any laws in Iowa restricting the sale of breast milk, but that state health officials advised against it.

Heller said she hasn’t received any legitimate calls about her ad.

“There was one prank caller,” she said.


Information from: The Gazette,



  1. I once knew a lady; called Sue, who donated her breast milk to the Southampton General Hospital Breast Milk Bank, Hampshire, UK.

    When I met her, she had just been featured in the local newspaper; having just donated her hundredth pint!

    I hope that the lady featured in your post finds a serious taker for all her milk; it’d be criminal to waste it. Unfortunately, the world being the place it is these days, is a funny place with little regard for nature and her bounty.

    Thank you for posting!

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