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Selling Breast Milk Methods, Costs and Risks You Should Consider

Filed in Job by on August 8, 2022

Selling breast milk probably sounds like some sort of weird catch. I’m sure you are probably asking yourself a lot of questions right now, like: Why would someone sell their breast milk? How much would I earn for selling my breast milk?

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All your numerous questions have been answered in this article, carefully read through.

If you are a breastfeeding mother who is overproducing excess breast milk, chances are that you have probably thought about what to do with all those excess breast milk.

Selling BreastMilk

Selling it, either through a milk bank, in person, or through a legit online community is a great way to make some extra needed money while still helping out those in need.

Breast milk is often bought in large quantities by new moms who either have adopted a newborn baby or who aren’t producing enough milk for new infants.

Even by athletes, bodybuilders, and nutritional experts because of the health benefits of breast milk.

Yes, you heard me right! You can sell your breast milk that is currently crowding your freezer!

If you’re wondering how common it is to sell your breast milk, then, believe me, it’s more common than you might think.

Well, it may not be typically talked about in daily conversations such as buying cow milk or goat milk, or even almond milk from the supermarket.

But they’ve established channels where you can sell your breast milk.

How Much Money Can You Make From Selling Breast Milk?

As you might expect, this is usually the first question to pop into mind when a new mommy hears of this kind of trade.

Because, even if you have an excess of milk, pumping it out of your body is not an easy process to endure as you need to devote your time and energy to it.

So, is selling breast milk profitable? How much does breast milk sell for? This will depend on where you’re selling your milk and how much milk you are actually producing.

Breastfeeding USA has notified that the average newborn baby needs 25 to 35 oz. of breast milk until 6 months of age.

If you produce more than that in a day, then you can comfortably sell your breast milk per ounce.

Here Are Some Methods to Use;

What to Consider When Selling to Milk Banks

Find a milk bank you would like to join. Some milk banks accept only donations, but there are a lot of them that will pay you $1 or more per ounce of breast milk you sell.

So if you produce 30 oz. extra milk per day and sell it for that price then you can get $900 in a month selling your breast milk.

Some milk banks only accept donations in person, but there are some that will accept or are open to receiving frozen and shipped milk.

Take time out and research the types of milk banks in your area to see if there’s one you like.

Joining an Online Milk Community

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Research the online milk community that fits your expectations.


I mean, even you have to admit it’s a clever name for a place you’re trying to sell your breast milk. Only the Breast allows you to browse ads or you can sell your milk.

At Only the Breast, you have the total freedom to sell your milk for under $1 or up to how much you want to price it. 

While the site has recommended guidelines on how to sell your breast milk, it is not as rigorous as applying in a milk bank.

2. Craigslist

Yes, it’s agreed that they have been weirder places to put stuff up for sale. Craigslist is a unique place to sell your breast milk and earn over $1600 a month.

Of course, you’ll have to be pumping quite a lot of milk to be able to sell that much.

When you sell on craigslist, you don’t have to worry about a lot of regulations. Here, you get to determine the price you’re selling for.

The downside of this platform is that you will only be able to post an ad for yourself locally.

But if you can get a regular customer or two, you might be able to sell and make $1600 a month.

I know, right!

3. Mothers Milk Cooperative

Did you know there are websites that let you ‘donate’ your breast milk and then for you as well? Mother’s Milk Cooperative is where you’ll want to head on to.

There are a few requirements if you want to donate with MMC;

a. You need to pass the qualification

b. Once you pass, they will walk you through the process

c. There’s a waitlist for applicants

d. If you’re a nursing mom, you’ll have to wait until your baby is 3 months old

Risks for Consuming and Selling Breast Milk Online

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There are risks to consuming breast milk, they include;

a. Exposure to infectious diseases including HIV.

b. Exposure to chemicals such as illegal drugs and alcohol

c. If not properly handled and stored, like any type of milk, may become contaminated and unsafe to drink.

Safety of Breast Milk on the Internet

Selling breast milk is not illegal. It is unregulated.

When human milk is obtained directly from individuals or through the internet, the donor is unlikely to have been adequately screened and tested for infectious disease or contamination risk.

Study shows that the lack of pasteurization and testing not only indicates a bacterial risk but breast milk also exposes consumers to a host of  infectious diseases

Including cytomegalovirus, hepatitis B and C, HIV-1/2, HTLV-1/2, and Syphilis.

What are the Risks of Using Donor Breast Milk?

Risks for the baby include exposure to infectious diseases, including HIV, to chemical contaminants, such as some illegal drugs.

And to a limited number of prescription drugs that might be in the human milk, if the donor has not been adequately screened

Is it Ethical to sell Breast Milk?

Georgetown University philosopher and bioethicist Rebecca Kukla says that, while some tactics used by companies might be perceived as exploitative, there’s nothing inherently unethical about a woman selling her breast milk

Why do Bodybuilders want Breast Milk?

Instead of using water or other resources to provide nutrients and supplements in their protein shakes, bodybuilders are turning to breast milk in order to achieve muscle gains and get into shape.

Should I Sell Breast Milk?

Babies need between 19 and 30 ounces of breast milk daily between the ages of 1 to 6 months, so selling milk can bring you a decent side income.

For example, if you sold 25 ounces of breast milk per day at $1 an ounce for a year, you’d make more than $9,100.

Who Pays the Most for Breast Milk?

One of the most prominent for-profit milk banks is Mothers Milk Cooperative. This organization pays $1 per ounce of breast milk


Conclusively, breast milk purchased online is not optimal for adult nutrition or in the treatment of diseases. As there are more risks than benefits.

Selling your breast milk is a legitimate way to earn money that you can save up for your baby.

But more than selling your breast milk for the money, selling your breast milk helps many families who are struggling to provide adequate nutrition for their families.

So, no smoking or drinking, eat healthy as this will make your breast milk better for the nursing mother or families buying it, bear in mind that the breast milk is a result of what you eat.

What’s your take on selling breastmilk? Drop your thoughts in the comment section below.

CSN Team.

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