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Oregon Company Trying to Convince Black Women to Sell Their Breast Milk, Targeting Women in Detroit

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 3.12.27 PM Oregon-based company Medolac is offering Black Women money for their breast milk.

Medolac, a company that provides milk, along with the Clinton Global Initiative, is claiming that its initiative of buying more breast milk from Black women is an effort to “seek to increase breast-feeding rates among urban African-American women” and promote “healthy behavior and prolonged breast-feeding within their communities.”

African-American women are historically less likely to breastfeed their children. In 2010, 62 percent of African American babies began breastfeeding at birth, compared to 79 percent of white newborns, according to reports from the CDC. Six months later, only 36 percent of the black infants followed were still being breastfed compared to the 52 percent of white children who were still breastfed.

The company is starting a campaign to raise participation in the Mothers Milk Cooperative, which is the only milk bank owned and operated by nursing mothers. The Mothers Milk Cooperative pays its members who have completed the screening process and blood testing $1 an ounce for their milk. The milk is then given to Medolac, which processes the milk and sells it to hospitals for about $7 an ounce, which is a 600 percent markup, according to The New York Times.

Allowing women to make money from their breast milk seems all well and good, but why is Melodac targeting Detroit, an area that has the lowest breast-feeding rates for Black women in country?

“Targeting low-income Detroit women with the lure of climbing out of poverty by selling their surplus milk raises many ethical questions,” writes Kimberly Seals Allers in the New York Times. “It’s one thing to commodify mother’s milk, but to try to commodify a group of women — specifically black women, who already have a difficult history with breast-feeding — seems, a bit, well, sour. It’s all too easy to imagine how Medolac’s plans could become a part of a continuing racial and economic divide in Detroit and nationwide rather than part of the solution.”

Founder of Medolac, Elena Medo, claims that this initiative will increase the likelihood that Black women will breastfeed their own children because “it just makes sense,” she said in a recent interview.

Whether this is proven to be true—or whether the initiative simply makes money for Medolac—remains to be seen.

 

 

 

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50 thoughts on “Oregon Company Trying to Convince Black Women to Sell Their Breast Milk, Targeting Women in Detroit

  1. Jay Contreras says:

    Smacks of the black mammys on the plantation who were used to breastfeed white kids. Why would a woman need to buy breast milk if she is a new mother and lactating? This sounds suspect to me. Got low birth rates?

  2. It could be that the crime rate in Detroit and breastfeeding are related? It could be that bonding, nurturing and love while breastfeeding is missing in their lives that causes bad behavior? Or could it be that black women's breast milk is proven to be healthier than Caucasian milk? If this helps black people in any way, what's the harm?

  3. Jay Contreras says:

    Again, with the whole organ harvesting thing, the history of this country and the fact that it doesn't sound like this is being targeted to any other demographic–would say to me, it needs to be looked at VERY carefully. That is all. Nothing wrong with being cautious. Cuz in this country..ain't nothing free and harmless, especially when just marketed to US.

  4. The plan is to use the poisoned milk to cause death to Black Babies. This is another plan to kill our young. Plan Parenthood is the number one killer of Black Babies.

  5. Kill them before they Grow! We are all hip now, Satan!

  6. These people are sick. I remember when Nestle went over to India and put a factory to produce bottle water over their well. Satan is a sick bastard!

  7. This is b.s and if our ppl don't see it then it's really sad. These ppl nursed their children off the breasts of black women during the slaver era. Melanin is powerful and everyone knows it but our own damn ppl. What's really sad is I can bet many Sista's will actually volunteer and fall for this crap yet won't willingly breastfeed their own offspring, smh. I am a proud mom of 3 black breastfed black little boys and this saddens me to see the system is doing another bait and switch, propoganda is the best way to lure our ppl into the trenches though. Smh

  8. Exactly!!! They know exactly what they're doing.

  9. Ama Nwaifejokwu says:

    Simply put, I don't care for it at all for countless reasons.

  10. The founder of Medolac's statement is complete horsesh_t! If it was to "promote" black mothers to breastfeed their own, then why are you selling the milk for a 600% profit? This is 100% all about profit by opportunity! Why isn't this "initiative" going on in cities like DC, ATL, NY, LA, where the poverty rate is low? Why is it only targeting black women in Detroit and not simply just the women of Detroit, regardless of race? New age "pimpin" is what this is. Exploit the poor to make money.

  11. Wow…this is sick…and Detroit where the poverty level is so low…more black woman will have more babies in these conditions…let alone they are about to jist run up in detroit and set up all blacks in fema camps

  12. DON'T DO IT BLACK MOTHER'S WHAT IS THE REAL STORY BEHIND IT?

  13. DON'T DO IT BLACK MOTHER'S WHAT IS THE REAL STORY BEHIND IT?

  14. What is wrong with selling it as long as you are also feeding your own? Not everyone who gives birth is able to use their milk because of medications they're on, or if they have to start chemo, or if they don't make enough milk. The they're looking for black women'women's milk and from Detroit in particular does seem suspect, but there might be valid reasons.

  15. Valencia Ellebee Blossoms says:

    FYI: This isn't a good deal. One can sell that milk for at least $20 per ounce. There are PLENTY of rich white women paying this price right now. Yep.

  16. Valencia Ellebee Blossoms says:

    And best believe, after the harvest, all that milk goes to a white baby.

  17. Teran Henderson says:

    Just as with the land and resources 100 yrs ago, IF WHITE PEOPLE REALLY WANT SOMETHING SPECIFIC OF YOURS, DO NOT GIVE IT!

    Do NOT give it! I repeat, if they are begging for it, DON'T GIVE IT. It's a SCAM, just like them holding a piece of paper that says they "own land" or "have money" is a SCAM. Don't fall for it, ladies, please, love yourself.

  18. Cynthia Hoyle-Curet says:

    Yes, there is always a reason. Not good for blacks.

  19. Kyja Wilburn says:

    Some new mothers have trouble with lactation. That's the main reason breast milk banks exist.

  20. Kyja Wilburn says:

    Some new mothers have trouble with lactation. That's the main reason breast milk banks exist.

  21. Always trying to exploit us how,is,that we are historically less likely to breastfeed when we fed their babies by force where do they come up with this nonsense.

  22. Patrick Hightower says:

    Has nothing to do with white women…black women were "forced " to beast feed white babies

  23. Dre Dre Hodge says:

    Those beast exploit black women simply because you allow them to, many of you want to partner up and feel important to those folks and they know this so t else do you expect? They know all too well of the importance of the melanoid gene-pool, this sounds very familiar doesn't it?

  24. Dre Dre Hodge says:

    I thought I was the only person to recognise the horse-shit in her statement and reasoning. I say if there's any "black woman" buying that shit deserves everything she gets.

  25. This is disturbing. Neary every day there is a new story that takes our society one step back to antebellum times. Did anyone understand the Medolac founders' response? When asked how selling their breastmilk does anything to help these Detroit mother, her answer was "it just makes sense." That is akin to saying "because I said so."

  26. This is disturbing. Neary every day there is a new story that takes our society one step back to antebellum times. Did anyone understand the Medolac founders' response? When asked how selling their breastmilk does anything to help these Detroit mother, her answer was "it just makes sense." That is akin to saying "because I said so."

  27. Aaron Lynch says:

    It doesn't take much of an imagination to wonder if a dirt poor woman might chose to sell it rather than feed her own though. PARTICULARLY when bereastfeeding rates in the black populationare already below average, if they are already "not" breastfeeding their kids, why would they suddenly sell milk for money And then suddenly magically decide to get less money and start breast feeding? And why are breastfeeding rates lower? is it perhaps related to time/availability? Are these wmen just not able to juggle their five jobs and breastfeed too?

  28. @aaron lynch: the thing about breastfeeding is that is time-sensitive. You have to start immediately or very soon after delivery in order to establish a continuous supply. The body makes more only as the previous is removed. So, if for whatever reason, you choose not to nurse your child and regret it later, it's too late to start producing milk. But if you're pumping on a regular basis, you produce more and more, thereby keeping up a supply to feed your child and to sell if you so choose. Increasing her production in order to sell milk may actually keep a new mom lactating longer and improve the chances she'll breastfeed her child–theoretically. This story does seem fishy, but in theory, the plan makes sense.

  29. If any black person need a little extra help as far as money then they need to visit http://www.TheNuvision.com. Hope you guys pass that along. A true company that truly care.

  30. You are absolutely correct. It's that melanin! They need for their survival! Please sistas don't help them nourish their young while their babies will grow up strong so they can shoot & kill our babies. Don't do it family. Think about it why ask black wombmen & not white ones?? Why Detroit?? Are white women not lactating enough for them to approach that soecies?? Don't do it please don't do it. In fact I will petition this company Medo lac everybody ain't sleep & it's time they get 3xpised!

  31. Teran Henderson says:

    Kyja Wilburn This is a company that specifically targets impoverished black women. This has nothing to do with it being a "breast milk bank". It has to do with stealing milk from women who arent educated about their own worth, not compensating them for it, and then lying that it's somehow benefiting them, when really there is no way that after she sold her milk to you, she can then give it to her undernourished child…

  32. Shranda Shawn Cobb says:

    I don't believe none of this crap everything negative is always with black people.

  33. Richard Høy says:

    "time sensitive" ? what else have you got to do when you've just had a newborn? That is the sickest excuse I've ever heard. Also, there are ways to make a woman start lactating. I read an article about how aboriginal women in australia rubbed an ointment or something (made by herbs) on their chest, to start lactating (in this case, it was a mother who couldn't breastfeed, and the others weren't lactating at the time, so they used that ointment) .. I can't remember where I read it, but there are natural solutions. After all, it's all hormone driven.

  34. What else do you have to do? Hmmm recover from a c section, decide that you actually want to breastfeed. This is not an excuse. After delivery, the longer you wait to breastfeed, the quicker your milk dries up. My twins were in the hospital for 7 weeks, and I couldn't live there with them 24/7 so I had to pump to keep my milk supply up. Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to nurse them. There are techniques and c substances that can artificially stimulate lactation, but nothing is more effective than a baby, or a pump-action least in the western world

  35. What else do you have to do? Hmmm recover from a c section, decide that you actually want to breastfeed. This is not an excuse. After delivery, the longer you wait to breastfeed, the quicker your milk dries up. My twins were in the hospital for 7 weeks, and I couldn't live there with them 24/7 so I had to pump to keep my milk supply up. Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to nurse them. There are techniques and c substances that can artificially stimulate lactation, but nothing is more effective than a baby, or a pump-action least in the western world

  36. Lanette OracleMa'at-El Ra Speaks If you start a change.org petition I will definitely sign it and pass it around to all the black women oriented social media outlets I know!

  37. Give you my breast milk to nourish your babies while you kill ours?

  38. Tisha Jones says:

    Ummm yeah…..major side eye on this one…..

  39. Nicole Ragland says:

    They need our melanin..

  40. Nicole Ragland says:

    They need our melanin..

  41. Your comment is powerful. Thank you for speaking the truth.

  42. Delks Delks says:

    white women with blonde hair and red hair have a low birth rate, many of them have breast implants that make them unfit to breast feed so now they are looking for a healthy source to feed their newborns!

  43. Delks Delks says:

    white women with blonde hair and red hair have a low birth rate, many of them have breast implants that make them unfit to breast feed so now they are looking for a healthy source to feed their newborns!

  44. Delks Delks says:

    the program is forcing or intimidating these poor black women to sell their milk to get free healthcare. many of them need help or someone to give better advice, can you volunteer some of your time to befriend one of them? we need informed black people to reach back and help educate the poor, do you have any time?

  45. Delks Delks says:

    the program is forcing or intimidating these poor black women to sell their milk to get free healthcare. many of them need help or someone to give better advice, can you volunteer some of your time to befriend one of them? we need informed black people to reach back and help educate the poor, do you have any time?

  46. Delks Delks says:

    first you people kill us and steal our body parts, you steal our melanin, now you want us to give you our black baby milk so you can give your white babies the best milk on earth? what is next? you people can not live without us, you need us to live!

  47. Delks Delks says:

    first you people kill us and steal our body parts, you steal our melanin, now you want us to give you our black baby milk so you can give your white babies the best milk on earth? what is next? you people can not live without us, you need us to live!

  48. Actually, there is no time restriction for women to lactate. A woman doesn't have to be pregnant or have recently given birth to lactate. All women have to do is have someone suck their breast 8 times a day for 20 mins at a time for a few days.

  49. They want black women's breast milk because melinated women are SUPREME to all other races. Black women are the only women that carry a type of gene that can create and produce all other races!! #Blackwomenrock #supreme #mothernature #creatorsoftheuniverse

  50. Doa search on global warming and low white birth ratesand you will understand why suddenly everything with melanin is becoming very important, The 1% and the forced continued relance on fossil fuels is changing the climate making it unhealthy for WHITE people blacks will be just fine brown people will be just fine, Southeast Asians and Dark Indian people don't hae to worry, The light skinned black hating skin lighening people are in deep doo doo! Let us understand what White skin means biologically and genetically. White skin does not meet the criteria for being a result of climatic adaptations.
    Scientists write that White skin is an adaptation to northern cold climates. The lack of melanin has proven to be non-beneficial but actually detrimental to cold climates, technically. Melanin has thermal regulating properties in that it absorbs all forms of heat and energy and can actually allow a person to warm up quicker after coming out of the cold and keeps them warmer longer while in a cold environment. The claims are that White skin was an aid in the metabolization of vitamin D, however, it has been determined that melanin is needed for the efficient metabolization of vitamin D and calcium. Since White skin reflects sunshine, a primary source of vitamin D, compensation for not getting adequate amounts from the sun because of calcium depletion from bones, therefore decreasing bone density and making Caucasians more susceptible to Osteoporosis.
    Whites are also the most susceptible to kidney stones composed of calcium oxylate. It is a well known fact that the sun causes skin cancer in White people more than any other people on this Earth, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that the sun also sterilizes Whites. The lack of melanin or pigment leaves Whites vulnerable to photolysis. The decomposition of folate or folic acid in the blood levels is critical for cell replication and reproduction. This is the real reason behind the low Caucasian birthrates. The experienced problems with fertility are not behavioral but biological one that cannot seem to be controlled. The foliate levels plummet by up to 50% when exposed to solar radiation, and even in the radiation in tanning salons. The genetically deficient genes give ABSOLUTELY NO benefit in nature, in tropical, temperament climates OR northern cold climates.
    Everything we have been led to believe is a myth. It has become so dogmatic that many people subconsciously try to refute this instinctively because it does not coincide with the indoctrination that permeates thought processes so deeply. Since Caucasians cannot reproduce genetic material (melanin), they could not have spawned humanity. Because the sun sterilizes and is sending Whites on a course toward extinction, they will not survive independently for very long without people of color depositing their genetic material to make their cell replication and reproduction more feasible. Caucasians are becoming extinct in Europe just like everywhere else on the planet showing NON-ADAPTATION. White gene DNA cannot be traced back as far as their genetic parents, BLACK AFRICANS!

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