Are Breast Milk Lattes Just A Novelty?

Just what type of fad was Alex James trying to start by releasing such a video? Is he planning a new breast milk production facility to promote his taste fetish? Doesn’t he realize that outside of a committed relationship, breast milk is just too difficult to obtain? Breast milk lattes are just not feasible to the population at large. While breast milk bank facilities do exist, they serve legitimate medical needs. It would be highly unethical to compete for that limited supply just to satisfy the cravings of those who seek out such a unique taste.

The Economics

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America is an organization set up to promote donor milk banking. They dispensed 745,329 ounces of donor breast milk in 2005 to hospitals in over 80 cities across North America. All of that milk was used for legitimate medical purposes only and is not available to the latte-seeking espresso snobs.

Outside of the medical use restrictions, the donated milk is very expensive, selling for $3.50 an ounce, according to the article Mama’s Milk For Saleon MedIndia. Even if you could purchase it directly, it would put the price of a 12-ounce breast milk latte at over $42 per cup!


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