Originally Posted by momuveight2B
There is an agency in Los Angeles that provides wet nurses and they charge a $1000 per week. Milk banks get something like $2-6 per ounce.
Are we talking about this mom making a ton of money here or providing breast milk for a baby she carried for nine months?
Is it even remotely realistic for the baby's parents to pay $4000 a month for breast milk when they can feed the baby formula for $100 a month? On a per ounce basis, assuming an average of 24 ounces per day (likely more as baby gets bigger), you'd be looking at $48/day or $1440/month at $2/ounce. Triple that for $6/ounce and your figure goes to $8640/month.
Is this baby being parented by Bill Gates or someone with that kind of money? Who is going to realistically pay well over $1000/month to feed a baby breastmilk?
I'm shocked that such numbers were even introduced into this conversation.
As for the OP question, I absolutely see nothing wrong with being compensated for your milk. But some of these numbers being thrown around are just nuts.
You should expect them to pay for any direct costs related to pumping (cost of pump, extra horns and collection bottles, storage bags, cleaning supplies, breast pads and bras for you). On top of that, I think the average cost of formula would be more than reasonable, which I'd figure to be about $100/month give or take.
If they ARE wealthy people, maybe more. But I'd think you'd have to be willing to do this not so much for the money but for the baby to have breast milk. If you give them some astronomical figure, they are likely to say 'No thanks' and who suffers then? Not saying you should do it for free, but realistically, what are they going to be willing to pay?
Maybe allowing THEM to come up with an initial figure would be better? They might be thinking $20 a month or they might be thinking $500 a month. See what they say.