Hangzhou mother sells breast milk online

09:00, May 18, 2011      

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An advertisement on Taobao.com selling breast milk

A mother in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province has begun selling her breast milk on the Internet recently, having found herself with an excess supply after giving birth to her son two months ago, the Zhejiang Online reported on Tuesday.

"My baby was born on February 25, 2011. As my breast milk was exceeding the amount he required, I pumped out the excess and stored it in the freezer. If any other mothers need it, they can contact me," she posted in her advertisement on Taobao.com, one of China's biggest websites for online auctions and shopping.

According to the mother, the milk does not have any food additives and the quality is guaranteed.

Charging 55 yuan ($8.4) per 250 milliliters, the mother told the Global Times that she priced the milk by herself and does not sell breast milk as her full-time occupation.

Although the online record shows that no one has bought any milk from her store, the mother told the Global Times that many mothers have come to her home to buy fresh milk.

As lengthy transportation periods would affect the milk's quality, the milk is only sold to Hangzhou residents, she added.

The news stirred heated debate among Internet users, some of whom supported the endeavor on the grounds that "it is wasteful if the mother pours away her excess milk," while others expressed concern as to the milk's quality.

"What if the mother has an infectious disease?" asked one Web user.

As for the status of the mother's health, she told the Global Times that she is willing to give viewers access to her discharge report from the hospital, which shows that she is perfectly healthy.

"My baby is fed with my breast milk, and he has gained almost five kilograms already," she said.

Zhou Xinxian, a doctor in the Women's Hospital School of Medicine at Zhejiang University, said that breast milk is very nutritious for babies but that it is unsafe to buy it online, as the mother's health condition is not clear to the public.

Source: Global Times
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