Man Tries to Survive Drinking Only Wife's Breastmilk

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breastmilk storageSharing breastmilk is a topic that can be pretty heated. Many people feel strongly, for or against it. Also, contrary to the beliefs of many people, sadly some doctors included, there is never an age where breastmilk is not beneficial -- honestly, that'd be like saying that when you turn 23, broccoli is no longer good for you. Healthy food never stops being healthy food.

But, like many of my friends, I'm having a little bit of a hard time dealing with a story I just learned about. Katie is a mom who had preemies (now they are older) -- she's also a doula and childbirth educator and she has a huge stash of frozen milk. And I mean HUGE -- a whole upright freezerful with thousands of ounces.

Her husband Curtis has decided that he will drink the breastmilk, and eat or drink nothing else, as an experiment.

If you're like me, and many others, you're saying, "Why in the world won't they DONATE IT?" Well, they've written a few posts about it. Milk banks won't take it because it's older. They don't want people to have to pay out the nose for it from other places that would take it. They've had people with informal milk sharing ask THEM to pay shipping or wanted them to send medical records and get blood tests done (a reasonable request).

Their calculations have determined that he needs to drink 66 ounces daily to meet the 2,000-calorie daily intake a man of his size needs. He's done it for two days now, and has nothing but good things to say about it so far -- he didn't wake up starving like usual, doesn't feel overfull, and is totally satisfied.

But I just don't know. I know plenty of women on Human Milk 4 Human Babies and other sites who are willing to pay money to ship frozen milk to themselves, even though it is expensive. I also bet that with some determination, people would be willing to help find people locally who needed it as well. I just feel, like so many other people, that this is really a waste.

I mean, granted, I just wrote the other day about how breastmilk has amazing ingredients, many that we don't have the technology to recreate, and some can even help cure cancer. Some people on chemo drink it regularly. There was a man drinking his daughter's pumped milk when he had cancer. But this bugs me. I guess because it's being done because ... well ... I'm not really SURE why. Publicity? Just because they can? I don't know. If there's any substance that would be the least harmful for an adult to live on solely, it would be breastmilk, and maybe this could show that the health benefits of breastmilk never stop. But still.

I'm feeling torn. I want to just laugh at it, but I can't stop thinking about all the babies who could really use that milk. I'd love to help them find a local mom or three who wanted and needed that milk.

What do you think?

 

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Stacey. Stacey.

It's milk from some lady's boob and if she wants to throw it out or let hubby drink it who cares. Do you really give stuff like this a second thought? What have you done lately to help the starving children? Really, there's just not enough hours in the day to care about what random people do that you have absoulutely NO control over.

nonmember avatar Jenna

That's kinda like getting annoyed with a woman for choosing abortion over adoption, I mean, there are people out there who REALLY want babies right? While it would be nice of the woman to donate her milk, it's HERS and she gets to decide what to do with it, whether that is donate it, feed it to her husband, whatever.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I think it's her milk, and if she wants to let her husband drink it, that's her business. 

Jennifer McLeod

Her body, her milk, her husband, her choice.

organ... organicyogalove

half of it is preemie milk, very different than newborn milk, one year old milk etc.... while i understand your concern for families in need pasteurized breastmilk isnt nearly as good as unpasteurized so the concern they have is valid. Im sure though since everyone and their mother is reporting about this man and his amazing new adventure, they will get a ton of emails about donations. 

Amanda Kowalski

It is her milk that she put hundreds of hours into pumping, so she is free to do what she wants with it.  I don't think that is selfish in  way really.

Alann... AlannaMaria

i don't really care either way, it's her milk and they can do what they want!

BigMo... BigMommaJesca

Stacey...um...calm yourself, sweetheart.  If you're making an argument for people NOT getting all riled up about things that don't concern them...yer doin it wrong.


Christie: personally, I think that you nailed it with the passing comment that if this guy can make it, it says a LOT about the long-term benefits of breastmilk.  There are people out there who honestly think that breastmilk somehow stops being a good source of nutrition for babies on their first birthday.  This "experiment" throws a heck of a monkey wrench in their argument.  Go ahead and store this one in your pro-EBF argument arsenal. 


If nothing else, I think it's a really, really interesting experiment.

Adrina Palmer

I think its a very cool and creepy experiment. I am sure many have wondered and he is actually doing. So long as no one makes me drink breastmilk I am happy.

Billie Byrd

If its that big a deal to you why dont you start lactating and pump and give it to those families personally I think its better to keep in your family than spread it. Because a moms milk is made to what their child needs. I say let them be if you dont like it then you pump for starving children

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