Mum earns £15k selling breastmilk to strangers who can’t nurse their kids

A cash-strapped mum has earned a fortune by selling her breast milk online.

Julie Dennis drummed up £15,000 by flogging the natural fluid after giving birth to a surrogate baby in August 2019.

As the baby settled in with its family at six-months-old, the 32-year-old no longer needed her breast milk.

The primary school teacher, from Florida, USA, said: "I didn't have a baby to provide milk to after the first six months.

"I was compensated for that and once I was done I started advertising milk on Facebook where I found another family.

"The second family had their baby via surrogate and she either didn't want to or couldn't provide the milk so they came to me.”

The entrepreneurial mum decided to make us of the fluid by selling it to those in need.

She sells the milk for 90 cents per ounce to other families who are unwilling or unable to breastfeed.

Julie explained: "It has antibodies and its human milk made for human babies but it's a lot more expensive than formula.

"There are a lot more people advertising than there are people buying so I'm lucky enough to charge as much as I do because people can't really afford to spend all that money on baby food."

In recent years, Julie has provided milk for two babies until they turned one-years-old.

The mum cut dairy out of her diet to cater to one of the babies she provides milk to.

She pumps 15,000 ounces of milk per month and keeps it in her freezer.

Julie can then pack it into ice boxes and ship it around the country to those in need.

She said: "I fill up my freezer twice a month and ship it out in an ice box with lots of ice packs inside and ship it out overnight.

"For the first six months or so I just used it in addition to my income from work to pay bills and manage my household.

"The last six months I have just tucked it away in a savings account for a rainy-day fund.

"I haven't done anything cool with it unfortunately just built a little savings account."

Julie receives some backlash for charging for the milk – but insists pumping is the equivalent to a full-time job.

She said: "I have a perfectly good uterus and perfectly good milk so I may as well use it.

"It's not completely money orientated but I make sure it's worth it for me and my family.

"I get comments that shame me for asking for compensation for my time spent pumping because a lot of people think it's free for me to make so why would I charge for it.

"I spend hours a day hooked up to my pump daily which is time away from my family.

"There's time spent cleaning, bagging and sterilising all of my pump parts between each use.”

The mum-of-two added: "I wouldn't go into the store and assume I can get free formula, so it baffles me that people expect free breastmilk.

"Even charging one dollar per ounce I get paid less than minimum wage once you add up all the time spent on it.

"That's not to include replacement of pump parts every six to eight weeks, the cost of bags, the cost of the sterilization units and four different pumps that I use.

"It is a lot of work to exclusively pump and it is a labour of love."

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