BBy

Breastmilk marketplace with screened products 🍼

BBy Breastmilk Marketplace is an amazing solution for mothers who can't provide reliable access to breastmilk for their children. They can buy safe, screened breastmilk and have it shipped to them so that their babies are more likely to be smarter, healthier, and happier.

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Abadesi@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
Thanks for hunting, I'm so interested to hear your experiences of the platform @maiab - have you used it yet?
Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@maiab @abadesi +1. Very curious to hear from parents.
Caleb Sylvest@calebsylvest · Partner & Experience Designer
@maiab @abadesi @rrhoover Same. Most milk platforms seem to either be Donation Milk Banks or Craigslist type listing. Interested to see a marketplace model backed with quality verification
Dorothy Jean Chang@dj · Partner, Liberty City Ventures
@maiab @abadesi @rrhoover there are tons of parents who would definitely do this. There are some existing marketplaces for this and a lot of trade that happens offline.
Maia BittnerHunterPro@maiab · Co-founder
@abadesi I haven't used it personally since I'm not a mom. I'm super excited about it though - I have friends who've adopted or otherwise haven't been able to breastfeed their babies and were lamenting lack of options for breastmilk. I think this is pretty common in other countries.
Abadesi@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
@maiab Yes I only recently learned about the market for breastmilk through a friend whose sibling couldn't produce enough for her child but didn't want to feed the baby formula. I feel like there should be more easily available information about it.
Jessica Gottlieb@jessicagottlieb · Remember when bloggers were important?
I have questions about this and I’d rather not download the app as my youngest is a teen. What is “screening”? Does that involve testing or just someone answering a questionnaire? What are the ethics of selling milk? How do we ensure that poor women don’t lactate endlessly - do we ensure that? Is that anyone’s responsibility? (I’m not sure there’s a right r wrong answer. I’m just asking the question
Dorothy Jean Chang@dj · Partner, Liberty City Ventures
@jessicagottlieb what would be wrong with allowing women to lactate endlessly? Could be a decent source of income for some.
Abadesi@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
@jessicagottlieb @dj I hadn't even considered this debate but very interesting, lactating as a form of income. Super interesting. There are many mothers who can't provide the breastmilk they want to for their children. Also mothers who have a surplus... capitalism comes to the rescue.
Jessica Gottlieb@jessicagottlieb · Remember when bloggers were important?
@dj @abadesi does it come to the rescue or can it enslave? Think about the unintended consequences around platelet sales. What are poor women eating/drinking, what is their nourishment? Is that really best for baby? How does it affect the nursing mom's fertility? Breastmilk laws vary from state to state... Also pumping milk is very different than being someone's wetnurse. I'm not saying it's not a good idea. I am just wondering how a medical ethicist sees it. I have questions.
Abadesi@abadesi · 👩🏽‍💻 Product Hunt | Hustle Crew | NTT
@dj @jessicagottlieb Agreed that if sharing economy has taught us anything its that the allure is most attractive to the most vulnerable, who often end up losing out. And what are the risks to consumers, too? You're raising some good points around the screening process, to what extent is breastmilk always better than formula? I think more and more startups should be thinking of the ethics of their business model from day one... we see the big tech giants have left it too late.
Vansh Langer, MD@vansh_langer_md · CEO, BBy - Milk Sharing
@jessicagottlieb Jessica, when I worked in the hospital I saw the problems that parents who had adopted, single fathers, mothers who couldn't produce would face trying to nurture their children. On the flip side I had so many mothers that produced so much milk that they were simply pouring it away! So in the clinic we started a very rudimentary milk sharing program so that everyone could breastfeed their children and mothers who had an excess could make a bit of extra income. It quickly grew beyond the walls of the hospital and I had parents on both sides asking how they could join. So I left medicine and started working full time on BBy to ensure the safety of the product and the socially conscious handling of such an important nutrient. We screen all of our selling mothers initially and then every 30 days thereafter, all it takes is a simple blood test and we have secure HIPAA compliant servers to host the data. Milk is pasteurized as well to ensure safety and uniformity for the child. While we have to take a fee to maintain the servers and marketing costs we still send 70-80% of the sale directly back to the selling mother (depending on market conditions) and that translates to an average monthly income of almost 1000$ per selling mother. We have a 24 hour support desk that is manned by myself and the rest of our trained team who all believe in the mission that are there to help you if you have any issues. While breast milk may be the product that is sold through our platform (and we are compliant with all applicable regulation) the real magic of BBy is the unification of people under a common banner: parent. When I started this in Chicago, a historically unspoken segregated city, we were connecting people from all parts of the city and helping people to realize that we're not all that different. I'm proud that BBy has helped create lasting friendships and reinforces my decision to start this on a daily basis. Hope that helps! Cheers
Dre Durr💡@dredurr · Growth Hacker
This is very interesting. I never thought of something like this. WOW! dope🚬🚬
Vansh Langer, MD@vansh_langer_md · CEO, BBy - Milk Sharing
Hello Everyone! My name is Dr. Vansh Langer and I'm founder and CEO of BBy. Our team works very hard to ensure that all parents have access to safe and reliable breast milk for their little ones and empower women to take charge of their financial futures. Would be happy to answer questions about BBy here or by sending us an email at info@bby.care Cheers!
Maksim Petriv@talkaboutdesign · Founder of Design Hunt
Ugh. Never.
Jessica Gottlieb@jessicagottlieb · Remember when bloggers were important?
@talkaboutdesign that’s a strong/strange/dismissive response from a man who built a similar platform. I