Craigslist Breast Milk Sharing Sparks Heated Discussion
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GREEN BAY, WI-- Craigslist breast milk. Moms buying and selling it to each other on the website. It's an NBC26 Special Report we aired Monday, and it started a heated discussion on our Facebook page.
Sharing breast milk over the Internet is certainly a taboo topic. The women we interviewed who do it say it all comes down to trust. But many of our Facebook friends sharing their thoughts after the story say they don't understand how women could take such a risk, posting some pretty fiery comments.
Mary Busse Livingood says, "Through Craigslist? That is just gross. How do you know what a total stranger has been ingesting and you're going to give that to your baby? No way (...)"
Rachel Thalin says, "No way breast is best but not a strangers breast icky."
Some people on our page even question whether women who share milk through the Internet like Kim Doucette and Jessica Netzel are responsible parents. Their response:
Kim Doucette says, "I am not a monster, I am a mother of 4 who has taken very good care of my kids and worked hard at breastfeeding them, to the point that I had a lot of extra milk and wanted to help another baby. I have had testing done and my milk is safe, my 1 year old is very healthy (...)"
And mom Jessica Netzel, who bought the breast milk from Kim Doucette for her fourth month old Hope fefends her decision too: "I think people need to do more research before judging me. I think it's crazy that anyone would want to give their baby formula, especially not knowing what is exactly in it.. Did you know that many formulas have poison in them and the FDA knows it. Do your research folks, I might think that people shouldn't use formula, but I wont sit here and tell you you shouldn't have kids or are being irresponsible (...)
Not everyone on our page is against it. A few are defending Doucette and Netzel. If you'd like to share your thoughts "Like" our NBC26 Facebook page, and post your comments.