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Bonus Breast Milk Brings Moms Bucks

Florida moms are helping pay the bills by selling a unique commodity over the internet: breast milk.

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, women able to pump additional milk are storing it and selling it to moms unable to lactate and even body builders wanting its special nutrients.  Some sellers say they can earn $80 for 20 ounces of breast milk, the Times reports.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says selling breast milk is legal, but it’s not regulated. Maureen Groer, a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida, told the Times that the online sale of breast milk is creating a “dangerous situation.”

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