Extra, extra! Doctors are discouraging people from purchasing homemade breast milk soap from sellers on Taobao who claim that it ‘whitens and protects skin’.
Human milk beauty products are becoming an increasingly popular item sold online through retail shops like Taobao. Many sellers claim to have used their own breast milk, Want China Times reports.
“I made it from my own milk. Look! My son is here,” a soap seller on the internet said to an undercover reporter from the Hunan-based news website Huasheng Xianshang. “Will the soap have bacteria?” asked the reporter. The seller replied: “No. I sold over 300 pieces. The customers all said the soap is good.”
Another woman told the reporter that she had learned how to make the breast milk soap through tutorials online, then started selling her own.
Doctors have explained that the soaps aren’t likely to contain any beautifying properties. “The active matter contained in the milk is destroyed, so there are few nutrients left,” a doctor said to Hong-Kong based Wen Wei Po. In fact, if the woman selling the product is not in good health, it’s possible that diseases could be transmitted, he said.
A few years ago Shanghaiist reported that a woman in Chongqing was producing so much breast milk that she used the excess to bathe her baby for these very reasons, claiming that it ‘made the baby’s skin very smooth and white’.