Donated breast milk is a scarce resource. It is not uncommon for human milk banks to turn away requests for milk, to ensure that the little available goes to the hospitalised preterm infants who need it most. It is also not uncommon for lactating women to feel too burdened by new motherhood and their family and career responsibilities to pursue milk donation. Would payment to mothers make more milk available? If so, would that milk be less safe?
Kara W. Swanson’s book Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America raises these and other thorny ethical and practical questions about the production and distribution of human body products.
Should donating mothers be compensated? Read Katherine Carroll's compelling review essay in the Australian Review of Public Affairs (75).
Title: Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Date Published: 2014
Author: Kara W. Swanson
Image: book cover