Enterprising British women are benefitting from a new source of income during the cost-of-living crisis — selling their breastmilk to men online.
Dozens of expectant and new mums are advertising so-called ‘liquid gold’ online for up to £76 a pint. Some are even taking cryptocurrency as payment.
MailOnline uncovered some women advertising themselves as ‘young blondes’ able to supply buyers with ‘fresh mummy milk’, with some profiles even featuring photos of their babies.
One woman who sold her breastmilk online told this website she was inundated by requests from men wanting her to wet-nurse — a fetish where men drink breastmilk directly from a lactating woman.
Other men seek a supply in their quest to build more muscle.
A selection of the British mums or mums-to-be selling their breast milk online and welcoming men to put in an order
While breastmilk is perfectly safe between mother and child, drinking it as an adult isn’t recommended.
This is because the liquid could be tampered with or stored incorrectly — and even carry diseases like STIs.
Official NHS milk banks, where women can donate their excess supplies to mums struggling to produce enough for their children, or for babies whose mothers have died, have existed for years.
But online marketplaces, like Only the Breast, have now provided a way for men to secure breastmilk.
Robyn, from Glossop in Derbyshire, advertised her ‘good quality milk’ for about £28 per pint alongside a pic of her bust on the website.
The new mum, who worked in communications prior to giving birth, told MailOnline while she has seen plenty of interest from male buyers, they wanted more than she was willing to offer.
‘I was happy to sell my breastmilk to men,’ she said. ‘As long as they did not want to have it straight from the supply.
‘I had a lot of men claiming they wanted the milk for “health reasons”.
‘But when it came down to it they wanted pictures of my breasts to go with.
‘Some I’d talk to for a while. But before any money [was] transferred, they asked for wet nursing so I pulled out of selling.’
Robyn said she now mainly sells to a private milk bank to essentially avoid ‘pouring it down the drain’.
The new mum wasn’t the only one willing to sell her breastmilk to men.
Harriet, of Westbury in Wiltshire, who sells her supply for £32 a pint wrote: ‘Healthy fit blonde girl selling my breastmilk.’
She described herself as being ‘only 21’, ‘free of diseases and alcohol’ and ‘willing to sell to men, too’.
Shie999 in South Wales described herself as a ‘young blonde mum’ who was ‘happy to sell to men’.
She posted a picture of herself and an overflowing fridge of breastmilk, which she sells for £38 a pop.
But her prices were eclipsed by Sam, a ‘2nd-time British-born Chinese mum’, also from South Wales, who was selling her milk for £57 a pint to ‘people who wish to purchase for alternatives use/men’.
Stacey, from Birmingham, went as far as to advertise to men the fact that her milk, with prices only available on request, was Covid-vaccine free.
Good for the baby, and the bank account? British women are selling their breastmilk for up to £76 a pint online and even take Bitcoin. Some new and expectant mums are also selling so called ‘liquid gold’ to adult men for ‘alternative use’ (Stock image)
These online breastmilk marketplaces also feature ads from British men looking to secure a supply.
One, from a user called ‘FoxMuscles’, reassured women that he was only looking for a fresh supply for fitness and health purposes.
‘I’m seeking a fresh milk supply around the London area but can commute if you are nearby on a regular basis for fitness and health, keeping all sales professional and respectable,’ he said.
Other ads from men viewed by MailOnline were also claiming to be seeking milk on similar grounds of health and fitness.
Breastmilk has attracted an online reputation as a bodybuilding superfood, under the disputed logic that if it helps babies put on mass quickly, then the same should be true for people.
Others have even said it has helped keep them cancer-free, a health claim with little evidence.
However, experts have dismissed the idea of breastmilk as being a superfood for athletes.
Breastmilk is low in protein, high in fat, and contains high amounts of lactose which many people can’t digest — making it a poor supplement for bodybuilding.
One expert even said ‘there’s nothing specific in it that will cause adults to gain muscle.’
The cancer claims are based on some preliminary studies suggesting that a type of protein in breastmilk may be able to kill some cancer cells.
Breastmilk is 88 per cent water but the remaining 12 per cent provides everything a baby needs to grow like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and minerals.
While perfect for babies, the consumption by adults can be risky — especially when purchasing it from strangers.
Breastmilk shipped over the internet may have been mixed with other substances or could have been stored incorrectly making it a health hazard.
They can even carry infectious diseases like hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis.
Experts say, that on the whole, there’s no danger to drinking breastmilk provided it is free from diseases/drugs and has been properly pasteurised and stored.
NHS milk banks that take donations from mums and mums-to-be have women take health tests to ensure they don’t carry any of these diseases and inadvertently pass them to babies.
The same is true for drugs and prescription medications, some of which can be passed into breastmilk.
NHS milk banks also pasteurise the liquid, heating it to kill any bacteria, and test it to ensure it is safe for babies to consume.
None of these safeguards can be guaranteed by people selling the product online.