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    Got Milk???

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa 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, took out an ad in The Gazette newspaper offering 100 ounces of her breast milk for $200 or the best offer.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...e/5273387.html


    Hate to see it go to waste, but there's NO WAY I'd ever take out an ad!

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    Wow, that's industrious!

    When my oldest was in the NICU, I donated some of my breast milk to the milk bank. As I recall, at the time they were charging $2/oz, none of which went to the "cows" like me, it was just processing fees, etc. And, some insurances would cover it, too. Part of what the milk bank did was to screen all the donors first (for drugs and diseases) and they also pasteurized the milk. I'm sure that some moms would go out of their way to get unpasteurized milk like this woman is offering, but it seems you'd want some assurance that the mom was healthy and not on drugs! I imagine the milk bank charges more these days...

    I was glad I was able to donate! The NICU nurses used to joke that, because there were so many babies in the NICU on donated milk, that I was feeding them all. It was fun and it made me feel useful at a time when there wasn't much I could really do for my own baby yet. (She was born 16 weeks early and spent nearly 4 months in the hospital before we could bring her home.) I had plenty of milk for her, since she didn't need much for a long time, and I had nowhere to store that much, and so many babies needed it, so it was win/win
    Just thinkin' out loud....


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    they don't allow mothers to do that where i am from.they don't let you donate and don't let you recieve it either!

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    You know there's some freak out there lapping this up and hoping to buy some!

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    I hope parents are very leery about buying it. Hepatitis or Aids along with many other diseases could be in that milk.

    Milk banks are great and they are pretty safe but they are only as good as the time frame it takes your body to develop antibodies. Thankfully they are available for preemies out there and others.

    My aunt donated to milk banks too after her kids. It grossed out my hubby and I teased him how he isnt any different than sucking on a cows boob, yeah it kind of disgusted him to think of it that way

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    Cash Cow

    Wow, according to this link this practice is a virtual cash cow. No pun intended. Besides the risk of spreading disease there's also the risk of alcohol or prescribed or illegal drugs being spread. Don't quote me, but somewhere I read Susan Sommers and Eddie Van Halen used human breast milk to battle their cancers the non-conventional way. Good article here.http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...sn=001&sc=1000

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    A bit off topic but similar is the fertility drug Pergonal is made from sterile nun urine. At least it was when I was getting the shots years back. Before taking the first shot I inquired to a tech about it and she laughed at me. She went and consulted the Doctor who told her indeed that is where it came from. However it is frozen so the risk of HIV/HEP C transmission was nill. Still it felt weird knowing I was getting shot up with nun urine. A cloistered Order though so ya know that helped. Pffffftttt!!!!!!!!!

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    Nun pee, that cracks me up!

    Isn't premarin made from horse pee?
    Just thinkin' out loud....


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    Quote Originally Posted by hipmamajen View Post
    Nun pee, that cracks me up!

    Isn't premarin made from horse pee?
    Yes it is gross huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    You know there's some freak out there lapping this up and hoping to buy some!
    My, but you have a way with words, Taximom!

    Thanks for an image that will haunt me the rest of the day...

    (ETA: it's not breast milk that bothers me; it's the thought of somebody getting off on it.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by hipmamajen View Post
    Nun pee, that cracks me up!

    That's what the tech walked out of the room saying "HAHA, Nun Pee". I felt much better knowing it was a cloister order for real. It was funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    My, but you have a way with words, Taximom!

    Thanks for an image that will haunt me the rest of the day...

    (ETA: it's not breast milk that bothers me; it's the thought of somebody getting off on it.)
    For a real visual treat, check out the recently released Shoot 'Em Up with Clive Owen - it features a lactating hooker...with a heart of gold, of course! Very very fun movie.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    Now I thought this was going to cover Adults using breast milk to cure cancer.
    http://www.womanthouartgod.com/mothersmilk01.php

    Howard Cohen, a Palo Alto software consultant with a doctorate in theoretical physics, says he can live with the lack of medical evidence. Indeed, he's his own research study. Cohen believes that the twice-weekly smoothies he makes with breast milk and fruit have helped put his prostate cancer into remission and allowed him to avoid more invasive treatment, such as surgery.

    ``You give this stuff to newborn babies,'' Cohen said. ``It can't be toxic.''

    After Cohen was diagnosed in 1999, his wife found an article about the Swedish research on breast milk and cancer cells. A friend who was lactating donated some milk, and Cohen soon found that his levels of prostate-specific antigen, a warning sign of cancerous cells, dropped back to normal. His doctor, a UC-San Francisco urologist, was skeptical but open to Cohen's self-treatment as long as his blood work looked fine. Cohen undergoes blood tests and other screenings religiously, and in the past 2 1/2 years, there have been no signs of cancer, he said. It's possible, of course, that without the breast milk, Cohen's prostate cancer might have grown so slowly that his health would not be compromised; that happens in many cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southcitymom View Post
    For a real visual treat, check out the recently released Shoot 'Em Up with Clive Owen - it features a lactating hooker...with a heart of gold, of course! Very very fun movie.
    Oh now you know I have to see that movie now. Sounds interesting. Hopefully the hooker ain't shooting up though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    My, but you have a way with words, Taximom!

    Thanks for an image that will haunt me the rest of the day...

    (ETA: it's not breast milk that bothers me; it's the thought of somebody getting off on it.)
    Sorry, couldn't resist. Usually I'm better-behaved.

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