By John Alley Senior health reporter for MailOnline and Hannah MacDonald for MailOnline
Updated: 16:25 February 26, 2023
Enterprising British women are benefiting from a new source of income during a survival crisis – selling their breastmilk to men online.
Dozens of pregnant and new mums are advertising so-called ‘liquid gold’ online for up to £76 a pint. Some are even taking cryptocurrencies as payment.
MailOnline revealed that some women advertised themselves as ‘young blondes’ able to supply buyers with ‘fresh mummy milk’, with some profiles even containing pictures of their children .
A woman who sold her breastmilk online told this website she was inundated with requests from men to wet-nurse – a Fetish where men drink breast milk directly from a lactating woman.
Other men seek supplements in their quest to build more muscle.
While breast milk is completely safe between mother and baby, it is not recommended to drink it as an adult.
That’s because the liquid can be tampered with or stored incorrectly — and can even carry diseases like STIs.
Official NHS milk banks, where women can donate their extra supplies to mothers struggling to produce enough for their babies, or to babies whose mothers have died, have existed for years.
But online marketplaces like Only the Breast have now provided men with a way to secure breastmilk.
Robin, from Glossop in Derbyshire, advertised her ‘good quality milk’ for around £28 a pint with a picture of her bust on the website.
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The new mum, who worked in communications before giving birth, told MailOnline that while she has seen a lot of interest from male buyers, they wanted more than she was willing to give.
‘I was happy selling my breastmilk to men,’ she said. ‘Unless they wanted to get it straight from the supply.
‘I had a number of men who claimed they wanted milk for “health reasons”.
‘But when it came down to it they wanted to go with pictures of my breasts.
‘Something I’ll talk about for a while. but before any money [was] Transferred, he asked for wet nursing so I stopped the sale.
Robin said she now mainly sells to a private milk bank to avoid essentially ‘pouring it down the drain’.
The new mother was not the only one willing to sell her breast milk to men.
Harriet from Westbury in Wiltshire, who sells her supply for £32 a pint, wrote: ‘Healthy fit blonde girl selling my breast milk.’
She described herself as ‘only 21’, ‘free from diseases and alcoholism’ and ‘ready to sell to men’.
Shie999 in South Wales described herself as a ‘young blonde mother’ who was ‘happy selling men’.
She posted a photo of herself and an overflowing fridge of breastmilk, which she sells for £38 a pop.
But her prices were eclipsed by ‘second time British-born sugar mummy’ Sam from South Wales, who is selling her milk for £57 a pint to ‘people who want to buy for alternative uses/men’ ‘.
Stacey, from Birmingham, advertised to men the fact that her milk, with prices only available on request, was Covid-vaccine free.
These online breastmilk marketplaces also include advertisements from British men wanting to secure a supply.
One, a user named ‘FoxMuscles’, convinced the women that she was only looking for a new supply for fitness and health purposes.
‘I am seeking a fresh milk supply around the London area but can keep all sales professional and respectful if you are regularly around for fitness and health.’
Other adverts from men seen by MailOnline were also claiming to be seeking milk on health and fitness grounds.
Breastmilk has attracted an online reputation as a bodybuilding superfood under the controversial argument that if it helps babies gain weight quickly, the same must be true for people.
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Others have even said it has helped keep them cancer-free, a health claim with little evidence to back it up.
However, experts have dismissed the idea of breast milk as a superfood for athletes.
Breast milk is low in protein, high in fat, and contains high amounts of lactose that many people cannot digest – making it a poor supplement for bodybuilding.
One expert even said that ‘there’s nothing special about it that makes adults gain muscle.’
The cancer claims are based on some preliminary studies that suggest a type of protein in breast milk may be able to kill some cancer cells.
Breast milk is 88 percent water, but the remaining 12 percent provides everything a baby needs to grow, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and minerals.
While perfect for babies, consumption by adults can be risky – especially when buying it from strangers.
Breastmilk sent over the Internet may be mixed with other substances or may be stored improperly, making it a health hazard.
They can also carry infectious diseases such as hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis.
Experts say that overall, there is no danger in drinking breastmilk, provided it is free of diseases/drugs and properly pasteurized and stored.
NHS milk banks that take donations from mothers and pregnant women health test the women to make sure they do not have any of these diseases and unknowingly pass them on to babies.
The same is true for prescription and over-the-counter medications, some of which can be passed into breast milk.
NHS milk banks also pasteurise the liquid, heat it to kill any bacteria, and test it to make sure it is safe for babies.
None of these security measures can be guaranteed by people selling products online.