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    Default Iowa Woman Tries to Sell Her Breast Milk for $200

    When it comes to feeding infants, breast milk is best. But what do you do with too much of a good thing?

    With her freezer overflowing with breast milk she has pumped and her 4-month-old daughter refusing to nurse from a bottle, Martha Heller, 22, of Tiffin, decided to take out a newspaper ad.

    "I tried to figure out what to do with it," she said. "I'd much rather a baby use it, because at some point we'll have to throw it away."

    Heller said she donates to the University of Iowa-based Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa, but the 100 ounces she is trying to sell — for $200 or the best offer — is what she had pumped beginning in August, before going through the screening.

    That milk cannot be donated.

    In general, breast milk can be used up to six months if properly stored in a deep freeze-type freezer, said Linda Klein, a lactation consultant at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.

    But Klein was concerned about safety.

    Diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV, as well as medications a mother takes, can be passed through breast milk, she said.

    Improperly handled milk also could sicken an infant, Klein said.

    "Human milk is better for human babies than anything else," she said. "We have to be smart about it, too."

    Heller said she has been cleared for donating to the milk bank, but had taken Tylenol and an antibiotic at some point since giving birth.

    She said she researched laws regarding the sale of breast milk before placing the ad in The Gazette, but could not find any.

    Don McCormick, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Public Health, said he was not aware of any laws against selling breast milk in Iowa, but it was unclear if any existed, and experts at the department advised against such sales.

    Jean Drulis, director of the Mother's Milk Bank of Iowa, said donated milk, which primarily goes to critically ill infants, is pasteurized. The process kills bacteria and viruses.

    Drulis said donors are not paid. Recipients are charged a processing fee, which may be covered by insurance, if the infant is hospitalized, she said.

    The milk bank, which began in 2003, has helped more than 1,000 babies and is the only milk bank in Iowa.

    "Best is mom's own milk," Drulis said. "But this is second-best."

    Ron Bode, advertising director for The Gazette, said staffers are trained to understand what is legal or not and acceptable or not by the newspaper's standards.

    "If it's legal and it meets our standards, we would accept the ad," he said.

    Heller said she has not had any legitimate callers requesting the milk.

    "There was one prank caller," she said. "If we get any more prank calls, we probably won't run the ad anymore."
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    You would have to be crazy to buy that from her.
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    Ummm...for an extra fee, can one syphon it directly from the err..."pump"?
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