Roseville mom sells breast milk online for bodybuilders

A Michigan mom is looking to turn her newborn's liquid gold into cold hard cash.

Lisa Charbonneau, a stay at home mother of three in Roseville, is behind the enterprising endeavor selling her breast milk to the highest bidder on Craigslist.

"Right now I have over 70 ounces," she says.

The price? About $1 an ounce - minimum.

Part of her online sales pitch is, "I do not drink, or do drugs, and I take a multi-vitamin daily." 

Her would-be clientele includes moms who cannot nurse and ... bodybuilders.

"There's a ton of vitamins, a ton of protein, a ton of nutrients in breast milk itself," Charbonneau says. "I heard my cousin post something on his Facebook about breast milk being just as a good protein shake, if they ever stop making them."

Online, stories of bodybuilders turning to breast milk abound, is one of the new trends. 

But Dr. Shaun Jayakar from St. John Providence Hospital disagrees with the benefits.

"Breast milk probably isn't your best mode of action here," he says. "Breast milk has less protein than cow milk you can buy at the store.

"It's good for infants because it has antibodies they need, but for older adults it has no benefits really."

But Charbonneau says just look at her son.

"I have a 20-pound 5-month-old who is growing like a weed," she says. "If the nutritional value is good enough to sustain his life, why not add a few extra vitamins to your diet." 

FOX 2 took that question to the original Powerhouse Gym on Woodward in Highland Park, which has produced as many buff bods as the Ford plant has Model Ts.

Powerhouse member Lorenzo Davis said he bench presses 325 pounds and squats 375.

FOX 2: "Did breast milk help you do any of that?"

"No, not at all," Davis says, laughing.

FOX 2: "Would you drink breast milk to get buff?"

Ramessu Iyi: "No, I wouldn't." 

Elizabeth Richmond: "I've never heard of it."

John Simmons: "You're talking about something from an infant to an adult."

"It has the 'ew' factor too," Jayakar says. "It is kind of gross right, drinking some other woman's breast milk."

Even so, Charbonneau already has an interested party.

"I actually got one text," she says. "It says, 'Do you have fresh milk available? I've been paying $4 per ounce to single moms to help out, $3 otherwise, if interested."

The verdict, though, from the medical community and those at Powerhouse - breast milk for buffness? A definitive no.
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