If it's not for a baby, you should be aware that the going rate for fetishists is ~$10 an ounce.
A, partner to J, mama to O, now with a new username!
Building queer family since 2008!
(and oh, did i mention we're having twins?!?)
i would never sell to a a baby. i would sell *small* amounts to fettishes, maybe milk that i was questioning, (ie how long has this been in here? )
babies need it, and they have no money is my philosophy, i do have my donor mom send bags and pay for shipping,
I'm crunchy... Like a Dorito.
Mama to Sprout 4.09 and Bruises 7.11 handfasted to 9.07
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I've been in cancer treatment for over a year, and I have never even heard of an oncology patient being prescribed breast milk. I've heard of limited runs of commercial ice cream made with breast milk - but it was very limited runs and ran into trouble with food licensing. Breast milk may include stem cells, but it's unclear that those cells would survive food safety processing, or digestion, in any way that resulted in a benefit to the patient.
There may be some call for breast milk for adults for medical purposes, but the adults who contacted me about breast milk, when I had it to give away, were not pursuing medical needs of any kind. I am not being hypocritical when I say that those guys (they were all guys) struck me as weird and creepy, or when I advise mothers who might want to sell breast milk to exercise caution in contact with that population.
Hi Silvercloud. I know what stem cells are, and I know that there's some exciting treatments (and more exciting potential treatments) involving transplanting stem cells.
Here's what's not clear: It's not clear that eating stem cells has the same benefits as transplanting stem cells. Usually, when I eat something, my digestive system breaks it down into its component molecules, and the benefits I derive from the food are related to those component molecules. That's why, when I receive treatments of monoclonal antibodies (gene-spliced immune globulins that help fight the particular kind of cancer I have), I have to have them infused intravenously. If I swallowed them, all I'd get would be a handful of calories. There are some chemotherapeutic agents that can be taken orally, but gene therapies are all IV infusions.
In the past, when I've heard breast milk discussed for cancer patients, the benefits mentioned have been that it's a relatively high calorie, high fat food that's easy to digest. (And I've never heard a doctor suggest it - it comes up often on certain kinds of discussion boards, but I suspect almost never in oncology practice.) Ease of digestion is a big deal for cancer patients. Unfortunately, so is infection control. Cancer patients are often receiving treatments that kick the heck out of their immune systems, and need to be very concerned about potential source of infection. Therefore, any foods they consume need to be prepared, processed and stored with care. Breast milk would need to be heated (pasteurized). It's not clear that stem cells survive the pasteurization process either.
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