Where to Donate or Sell Breast Milk

There are many, many moms who struggle with breastfeeding for some reason or another. Many women struggle with an inadequate supply. Some women simply cannot produce milk. Often times there are medical issues to consider that might prevent breastfeeding.

On the other hand, there are women out there who make an overabundance of milk. Some of these women have crazy stashes of breast milk in their freezers and many even end up throwing out perfectly good milk (GASP!) because they don't know what else to do with it.

There are two alternatives to simply disposing of unused, excess breast milk: donate it or sell it.
Excess expressed breast milk can be sold or donated to be purchased or given to mothers and babies in need!
There are definitely plenty of women who have never even thought about it and not necessarily because they are against it. It's very possible that they just have been informed about the possibility.

You'd think with the way some women and children's agencies and others more or less shame mothers whose babies aren't getting breast milk; that they'd be all over advertising that you can, at the very least, donate excess milk.

1. Mother's Milk Cooperative (MMC)

Mother's Milk Cooperative (MMC) is my favorite choice, personally.  The MMC claims to be unique on two fronts:
We are the one and only milk bank owned and controlled by our donors. We also have the only paid milk donation program in the United States.
The MMC is a co-op, owned and controlled by its members (donors).  In order to become a donor, you must complete a medical history questionnaire to be pre-qualified, pass a blood test, and donate 100 ounces to cover the costs of screening you as a donor.  A minimum of 300 ounces must be shipped at a time because of the cost to ship breast milk.

2. Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)

The HMBANA is a nonprofit milk bank where mother's with surplus milk can donate after being screened and approved.  HMBANA then distributes milk, mostly to NICU infants.

3. National Milk Bank

The National Milk Bank is literally a family business (two sisters-in-law and a daughter-in-law) with the goal of facilitating the delivery of human milk to premature and critically ill infants.  They are a donation only company.

4. Only The Breast

Only The Breast is like Craigslist for breast milk.  Buyers and sellers can post ads on their respective forums, which include a forum for selling 0-2 month breast milk (and other age groups) and a forum for men looking to buy breast milk.

I wouldn't recommend OTB for the easily offended.  It might seem like the perfect place for a quick sale, but use caution.  Even though it's not allowed, adult wet nursing ads are sometimes posted and/or ad placers are sometimes contacted about reconsidering their no adult wet nursing policy, even though it's strictly against OTB's terms.
Please NO nudity, NO pornography sales, NO adult services and NO adult wet nursing ads. We will remove any ads or members in violation.
Some people are down right vulgar when posting or contacting, too.  Therefore, I've come to believe that OTB might seem like the easy way out but it really can be challenging to find a legit buyer, if that's your goal.  The site does not seem to be as aptly moderated as it claims, either.

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