Human Breast Milk A New Luxury Service For China’s Rich

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The extremely wealthy regress to early childhood? The Taipei Times reports:

Human breast milk has become a new luxury for China’s rich, with some firms offering wet-nurse services, a report said. The report sparked heated debate in the media and on Chinese social media, with most users condemning the service as unethical.

Xinxinyu, a domestic staff agency in the booming city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, provided wet nurses for newborns, the sick and other adults who pay high prices for the milk’s fine nutrition, the Southern Metropolis Daily said. Wet nurses serving adults are paid about 16,000 yuan (US$2,610) a month — more than four times the Chinese average.

“Adult [clients] can drink it directly through breastfeeding, or they can always drink it from a breast pump if they feel embarrassed,” the report quoted company owner Lin Jun as saying.

10 Comments on "Human Breast Milk A New Luxury Service For China’s Rich"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Jul 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm |

    Words fail me…

  2. InfvoCuernos | Jul 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm |

    Its good to see China embracing the West’s practice Conspicuous Consumption. I don’t know about morality being natural in humans, but there never seems to be much learning curve when it comes to acting like a greedy rich fat bastard.

  3. Noah_Nine | Jul 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm |

    this just makes me think of when dave chappelle tore p-diddy a new one…

  4. I thought the Chinese were lactose intolerant?

    • atlanticus | Jul 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm |

      Human milk contains double the amount of lactase that cows’ milk does. Lactase helps in digestion of lactose (which is how Europeans and Northern Africans can continue to digest milk throughout adult-hood: we make our own lactase like giant babies…weird, huh?)

      • It makes sense that human milk is better for us than cows milk.

      • I must admit I did not expect such a comprehensive answer….

        • atlanticus | Jul 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm |

          I should probably just suck it up and go to med school, already; I’m kind of some sort of biology nerd…

  5. Frank Sinatra | Jul 10, 2013 at 3:54 am |

    Awesome, can’t wait for the Macca’s version with choco sprinkles. Does anyone know when cannibalism will be legal? Can’t wait for that one, I am so tired of bovine burgers. Frank Sinatra

  6. The rich have always been sucking at the teat of the working class, but until now this has only been figurative.

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