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    Default Can Biotech Startups Make Breast Milk Without The Breasts?

    Julia Sklar
    July 14, 2020

    **With the Advent of laboratory-generated "meat," we should have known infant milk was not far behind.


    When Leila Strickland was a new mom, she struggled to breastfeed her son, who was born prematurely. He wouldn't latch properly, and her body wasn't producing enough milk. While discouraging, her experience is common--studies suggest that many people stop breastfeeding before they wish to, while others are biologically incapable of feeding an infant on their milk alone.

    Strickland, who has a PhD in cell biology, wondered if something other than infant formula could help in these moments. She started growing the cells that orchestrate the production of breast milk, human mammary epithelial cells, in a small lab in North Carolina to see if she could get human breast milk to appear without breast.


    Keep Reading: https://thecounter.org/biotech-breas...rmula-biomilq/

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    Default Re: Can Biotech Startups Make Breast Milk Without The Breasts?

    There is an urgent need for a product that would come closer than supermarket formula to duplicating human breastmilk. I hope these women come close… Very very close.

    And I will never understand "...continued harassment toward those who breastfeed in public." How badly have we stigmatized normal human behavior, mothering behavior? This is just unthinkable.
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    Default Re: Can Biotech Startups Make Breast Milk Without The Breasts?

    I was surprised the article didn't mention that mothers in need of "human breast milk" can acquire it from the ever-growing network of "milk banks" in the U.S., Canadan, and Europe. According to the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), 2019 was a record-setting year for breast milk donations, which totaled more than 8 million ounces. Dr. Strickland, perhaps because she's a cell biologist, appears to have never considered using donated breast milk, but skipped immediately to developing her own laboratory-grown breast milk. Curious??

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    It might not have been in her interest to acknowledge the availability of human milk, since she may be looking to patent and market her product once it is fine-tuned.
    It really saddens me to think that women are sometimes forced to pay high prices for what has always been free, readily available and at body temperature.
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    Default Re: Can Biotech Startups Make Breast Milk Without The Breasts?

    She definitely plans to get paid. The infant formula market did $45 Billion in sales last year. Dr. Strickland plans to cash in on that market. Just last month, she secured $3.5 million in funding from Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures. This indicates her company--Biomilq--has strong profit potential. Also, there's at least one other company--Turtle Tree Labs--that is already working to develop lab breast milk. Sounds very familiar to how the "lab-grown meat" industry started.

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