Commodifying Breast Milk

business_ethics_highlights_2To some, commodification is a problem. For others, it’s a business plan. >>>

Breast Milk Becomes a Commodity, With Mothers Caught Up in Debate (NY Times)

When Gretty Amaya took an unpaid maternity leave five months ago, she started what she calls a part-time job to help pay the bills. Ms. Amaya, who lives in Miami, has made more than $2,000 so far by pumping breast milk and selling what is left over after feeding her baby daughter.

Frozen milk from Ms. Amaya — and from hundreds of other women throughout the country — is flown here to what resembles a pharmaceutical factory. Inside, it is concentrated into a high-protein product fed to extremely premature babies in neonatal intensive care units, at a cost of thousands of dollars a baby…..


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