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Craigslist Bans Woman's Ad Donating Breast Milk

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Guest blogger Kate Tuttle: Oh, Craigslist. After being pressured to take down your "Adult Services" section, which was basically an online red-light district in which sex workers of all kinds could advertise themselves (a move that you made only grudgingly in the wake of the Craigslist killer case), you have finally found a transaction you don't feel is appropriate: a woman offering to give away her breast milk to someone else's needy baby.

That's right: Altruistic, no-strings-attached offers of a substance a lot of people find hard to come by (or outrageously expensive, in the case of private milk banks) ... they're just not acceptable on Craigslist. Sure, you can offer to have sex with a stranger. You can sell someone a used mattress (bedbugs included at no charge!). But giving away breast milk? That's just unsanitary. Or something.

The woman in question, Becca Shears, is a Vancouver mother of two who is nearing the end of a stint as a gestational surrogate. She's carrying twins and has already promised the first month's worth of breast milk to the babies' parents, but after that she says she's willing to pump and ship milk to others who need it. A local milk bank would have taken it, but after the fiasco with Craigslist, she decided to sell the milk instead. She's now offering it for $1.50 an ounce on the Vancouver version of Kijiji, an eBay marketplace.

Whether you think it's creepy or creative, women have been sharing breast milk for eons. Doing it online is just the latest wrinkle -- and one that has gotten a lot of attention lately. But no matter how you feel about it, does anyone really think this is the worst thing you can get on Vancouver's Craigslist? If so, I give you: "Gently Used Ladies Underpants." Or perhaps "Daddy/Daughter Fantasy," from their still-allowed "casual encounters" section. 


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