Breast milk for lodging

by Russ Roberts on February 21, 2007

in Markets in Everything

Boing Boing reports on this Craig’s List opportunity:

We are offering a free room for a woman who is willing to provide
breast milk for consumption to the household. We are an otherwise vegan
house but have recently read A.O. Wilson’s study of the benefits of
human breast milk to all human beings of any age. This is not sexual.
Neither appearance nor sexual preference are of any concern to us.

We are willing to accept one child into the house as well. We do
not want to take breast milk away from a nursing child however. We also
don’t need gallons of breast milk but whatever you can muster; it is a
nutritional supplement for members of the house who want to partake.

I can’t say it’s my cup of tea. But if the appeal of breast milk catches on, it’s only a matter of time before it goes commercial and you can buy it at your local grocer. There will an organic option, a vegan option, and an imported (but fair trade, of course) version. My suggested brand name is Mama Milk. When it hits the market, connoisseurs will complain that the stuff in the store isn’t as good as what you used to get at the local farmer’s market.

Surprisingly, the apartment is in Berkeley. Go figure.

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Bob Brewski February 21, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Mr Roberts, I think Mama milk as a brand name is ok. But you gotta remember your demos ("demographics" to you out of staters). Here in Berkeley, where we like our hops in liquid form – it would go better as Boobie Beer, mammary malt, or Breasty Bock. Something like that. But I worry about the danger of infection without state inspection of production, not to mention the containers used in such commerce. I'm sure we'd feel safer if the guv appointed a Dept dedicated to this purpose.

;--) February 21, 2007 at 11:37 pm

I think a bunch of frat boys were up late last night drinking instead of doing their homework.

Vegan? February 22, 2007 at 1:08 am

I wonder if the community would happily drink breast milk from a carnivore?

melt_core February 22, 2007 at 5:01 am

"We also enjoy paintbrush tips tickling our ears, long walks in the park where we urinate on on squirrels and recite the lords prayer, playing baseball with holocaust survivors, supergluing frogs to business cards and licking sheets of drywall at Home Depot"


bbartlog February 22, 2007 at 9:59 am

As I recall, it's not legal to traffic in breastmilk per se (without first jumping through a lot of hoops), though since this is almost more of a service arrangement it might pass muster.

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