Breasts for rent — for breastfeeding
MANILA, Philippines - What would you rent online? A nurse in France is renting her breasts for breastfeeding.
Her ad reads, "I am a young mother in full health, a trained nurse, 29 years old, and I'm renting out my breasts to feed young babies. In one day I can offer you up to a dozen feeds for your baby."
The post is titled, "Breast rental – breast-feeding – Boulogne." Boulogne is a city in northern France.
She assures potential customers, "Breastfeeding allows babies to be in the best of health, but gay men in couples don't have the option of breastfeeding their babies. In fact, breast milk gives them full nutrition."
This is the first reported incident of such an offer after France legalized gay marriage and adoption in May.
But the unusual commercial venture is condemned as a health hazard by experts because harmful bacteria and viruses — including HIV/AIDS — can be transferred from one person to another in this way.
According to France's health law, selling breast milk is illegal. Donated breast milk must go through regulatory milk banks.
But the head of e-loue.com, Alexandre Woog, asserts that the unnamed woman's offer is perfectly legal.
"This is a true service rendered, a sort of modernisation of the role of the wet nurse," he says.
For this reason, his website decided to publish the controversial ad.
But he cautioned the breastfeeder to be cautious in her selection of clients.
"Some people may not have read the message properly and as a result, she may have some men making a booking for a different reason." - With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com
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