Mum selling more than litres of her breast milk to cash in on formula shortage

A mum has started selling more than a hundred litres of her breastmilk amid a baby milk formula shortage.

Alyssa Chitti is said to have three freezers filled with her own breastmilk, which she has started selling after it turned out listing the homemade product online was easier than donating it to a local milk bank.

The shortage of baby formula in the United States has seen reports of recalls and supply chain issues that are making it hard for mums to feed their children.

Chitti has risen to the task of covering part of the supply demand, supplying her own breastmilk and saying she is "running out of room" in her home for how much of the supply she has left to sell.

Chitti said: "I figure I'm running out of room, so might as well help someone else. I have looked into it.

"I was working with a group on it, but my daughter has SMA, and we've been in and out of primaries, and so it's just been hard to go do the bloodwork and go do all the other stuff, and that's the only thing that stopped me from doing that part."

The loopholes needed to jump through so Chitti could donate her milk to a local milk bank mean the mum was left to sell off the oversupply.

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Chitti says she was hoping to sell her breast milk at $1 per ounce, or 80p for 28 grams of milk, but is willing to negotiate with some mums because she understands what they're going through.

She said: "It was making me nervous, just because so my daughter was very, very colicky.

"And I know a lot of moms need specific formulas for babies with upset tummies, and I know how hard it can be when they're upset. There's nothing you can do about that stomach pain."

Buying and selling breast milk online is legal, but unregulated, and when Chitty began receiving negative feedback about her decision to sell, she stopped, Fox 13 reports.

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