You thought you had trouble choosing between one percent and two percent milk? Go to China. Poor young mothers are being hired by agencies to breastfeed rich adults in the south China city of Shenzhen for between 8,000 yuan (US$1,303) to 15,000 yuan a month. Some Chinese believe the breast milk has healing qualities not available in that stuff you buy in the carton. It apparently makes for a great chaser with that tiger bone and other endangered species products.
While some of the contracts are for Chinese mothers who do not want to breast feed but want their children to benefit from the milk of poorer mothers, there is a large base of adults who want to be breast fed.
Lin Jun is what you might call a breast milker or human dairy farmer — developing a clientele among the wealthy for the services of poor women who are lactating. He says that a good producing mother could pull in up to 120,000 yuan over an eight-month period.
A factory worker may make just 2000 yuan a month in a good paying job.
The mothers sign a labor contract as cooks or babysitters, though is a rather odd skill set and responsibilities.
As you might expect, the director of the nutrition department of the Shenzhen No.2 People’s Hospital has something to say about this practice. No it is not disgust but a warning to be careful about the mothers since they could sicken the customers if they are ill. In other words, be cautious and look for Grade A milk markings before you breast feed.