Human Dairy: Chinese Adults Paying To Be Breast Fed By Poor Nursing Mothers

220px-Breastfeeding-icon-med.svg220px-Glass_of_milk_on_tableclothYou 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.

Source: China

23 thoughts on “Human Dairy: Chinese Adults Paying To Be Breast Fed By Poor Nursing Mothers”

  1. “he skimmed all the cream for himself.”

    i would say that sounds like the mafia but i wouldn’t want to offend nick 😉

    at one time i worked at a milk processing plant. there’s a lot more than little buggies in milk. (i always wondered how the frogs got in there).

    given the level of pollution in some areas of china they might be better off eating those river pigs.

  2. Nick, I had an opportunity to have a right out of the cow milk pipeline and did some research beyond grammy. A guy I worked with had a couple of cows and would bring in milk to people that wanted to buy it. I bought a gallon and the layer of cream was like 1/16″ thick so I asked where the cream was (he had high cream content milk cows)- well, he skimmed all the cream for himself. Not that I blamed him but he really should have said that it would be creamless: that just wasn’t right IMO. I didn’t buy any more from him because a nice layer of cream is one of the selling points of real milk to me.

  3. lotta, You certainly have real world dairy bonafides! I will proceed w/ caution as is my personality, and w/ your advice.

  4. Dredd, China exports a lot of food and food products that end up undesignated in boxed food on our shelves and in the frozen food isle. Would you knowingly eat any of it? Not I. I’ve gotten downright paranoid about our food supply, even without China move into our markets but I would not eat Chinese food imports willingly/knowingly.

  5. Wet-nurses have been used forever in human history for bunches of reason so OK, but adults in China or anywhere else (it’s a fad in many countries including this one), NO.

    It’s one thing to refer to women as cows but to industrialize that misogynistic insult? NO, Just NO. On political grounds if for no other reason.


    Nick, raw milk is all the rage and was the norm until some point in human history but I’d counsel against it. My grammy had her own cow(s) all her life as did her parents. Never did the not pasteurize her milk. I knew many of those cows (serially) and watched her milk and pasteurize their milk daily.

    When I first asked as a little child ‘why’ she said ‘it can make you sick (if you don’t)’. If it’s a free range cow you just never know what it might have gotten into by way of foraging or what has gotten into the cow by way of bug bites, everyday wounds/scratches, drinking water and microbes. Even if it isn’t free range I’d say ‘don’t’ for the same reasons. Anecdotal, but I’d believe grammy and a lifetime as a subsistence farmer before any other authority.

    The difference in taste between pasteurized (right out of the cow) milk and raw (right out of the cow) milk is only going to show up after some time, as the microbes start to work on the milk. Things like soured cream, clabbered milk (Buttermilk), cottage cheese and yogurt will taste differently because of all the beneficial enzymes and bugs that are killed in factory (pasteurized and homogenized) milk but the longer it sits the more harmful bugs can grow and multiply too. My grammy did make/use clabbered milk to drink and feed her sourdough starter (sourdough biscuits 3 times a day with her own butter) but even that milk was pasteurized.

    Pasteurizing and homogenizing are two different things. Pasteurizing good, homogenizing debatable if you have access to cows depending on how you will use the milk.

    Proceed at your own risk.

  6. Could that be why they are the world’s number one exporting nation, recently having overcome Germany, making the U.S. number three now.

    Nah, it is just that they are exceptional.

    And practice tit for tat.

  7. Note to self: Careful ordering a “slippery nipple” when bar hopping in China.

  8. I don’t know what they call that in China, but back in my younger drinking days my buddies & I would tell you that’s how you make a white Russian. 😉

  9. Now, it is not just figurative that the rich are milking the poor.

  10. Yeechh. (and maybe some of the adults have other reasons in mind other then the health benefits of this kind of drinking.

  11. OS, We’ll call you our closer for today and you get the save[baseball reference if you’re not a fan]. Thanks.

  12. nick,
    When I saw your comment above I checked the spam filter. For some reason, WordPress interpreted your comment as spam. I drug if from the spam thicket and released it.

  13. Being from the Dairy State I cry “Moo,” to this. I mentioned previously, there is a rising movement from organic dairy farm owners to be allowed to sell raw milk. It’s become a fairly big deal here, w/ the govt. taking their usual draconian measures. A jury recently found a raw milk farmer not guilty and 4 or 5 jurors joined his co-op. I eat little dairy, but I plan on trying raw milk. It’s reportedly exponentially more flavorful. Human breast milk I’ve been told tastes awful. Maybe if the human just ate organic alfalfa and soybeans it might be different.

  14. The result of too much money and too much privilege. Apparently the rich in all countries see other humans as expendable, existing only to service their needs. Sound like anyone you know?

  15. If an adult is going to drink milk, this makes MUCH more sense than drinking milk from a cow. Nature designed milk for babies, calves, or whichever infant mammal you want to talk about though—not adults.

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