Monday, July 8, 2013

Wet Nurses for Hire

On March 08, 2011, I blogged about breast milk ice cream in London. On Friday, I read on that Xinxinyu, a domestic staff agency in Shenzhen, Guangdong province is not only providing domestic helpers but wet nurses too. Mothers who are not able or don't want to breastfeed their babies can resort to this service. And adults who want breast milk to improve their health can also hire a wet nurse.

A wet nurse is paid 8,000 to 12,000 yuan ($1304 to $1,957) a month, and usually stays with the employer for six to eight months, Lin Jun, the boss of the said agency said.

Nutritionist Zhang Maoxiang said that adults get enough nutrition in their daily diet, and there is no need to consume breast milk. And lawyer Mei Chunlai said that though the national health authorities have deemed it illegal to trade breast milk, the stipulation is not authoritative enough thus is hardly enforceable.

When we start to treat women as mere consumer goods, we have crossed the line.

On Friday, I was in KL Sentral to grace the Allianz Academy Ist Anniversary & Allianz Toastmasters Club 10th Anniversary celebrations – thanks to the kind invitation of Betty Phua, Senior Manager, Central Region Hub as well as Organizing Chairperson. I delivered a 5-minute speech to an assembly of over 300 staff and management about Toastmasters and later at the luncheon, I hosted the Humorous Table Topics session. A fun event!

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