Men Can Breastfeed -- But Do We Really Want Them To?

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man and newborn Have you ever heard of a man breastfeeding -- other than that one guy who gave birth? Technically he had woman parts so he doesn’t really count. I'm talking about a man born male. This morning, I heard the DJs on my local radio station having a bizarre conversation about one of their friends who breastfed and was a man.

I thought I heard wrong.

I did a little searching around the web and it actually is possible. Apparently, men have milk ducts and mammary tissue and they produce prolactin and oxytocin, which are the hormones needed for milk production. It appears that men, like many adoptive mothers, can produce milk through pumping, nipple stimulation, and medical intervention and don't need the actual hormones produced from pregnancy. Which is awesome, right? Who knew? Of course, in the case of men who breastfeed, there's no research as to what the quality of nourishment the milk has compared to mother's milk.

Children need nourishment and I know lot of breastfeeding moms who would love it if their husbands could take some of the middle of the night feedings. But is this too unconventional to even consider?

If we could get past the unconventionality, couldn’t this be a great way for gay men who adopted and wanted to breastfeed to do that? Or couldn’t this be beneficial to men who’ve lost their wives and want to continue breastfeeding their newborns? This could be a game changer if it worked consistently, right?

How would you feel about your husband breastfeeding your child? Great idea? Or is it too crazy to even consider?

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Venae Venae

Yeah, 'cause I'm so sure God got it wrong when he gave us the boobies.  But, I do see a market for that Seinfeld creation - the Manssiere - or was it the Bro?  And many of the men would have to wax first - chest hair and breast feeding do not go together.

This is ridiculous.

Bulle... Bullet_Proof_Me

God gave them nipples, didn't he? What else are they good for?

Bring it on! I would have loved to share BF duty. BFing in public would become mainstream

In no time!

Nicol... Nicolle_09

I knew this fact along time ago. Seriously why would they also have nipples if there was no purpose for them? I think it would be amazing if breastfeeding (male and female) became common

areyo... areyouatroll

Yup. In case of emergency where something happens to the mother, the father can breast feed.

audri... audrinasmommy7

I read somewhere or saw on a show that while it is possible, it can't be possible long term. A man in a third world country (can't remember where) did it after his wife died because formula feeding the baby would have been detrimental to his health seeing as the water isn't exactly safe to drink. But the man himself was malnourished and this is what made it possible for him to continue lactating. Apparently there have been cases in history of other starving men who began lactating.

madre... madreysmom

But the real question is will the baby accept hairy nipples :) Even though it seems plausible, I'm still laughing about the image in my mind of my hairy chested husband nursing my infant.

Bruic... Bruickson

Lol this would bring the whole breast feeding vs formula feeding debate to a whole new level! I can see it now "how dare you not breast feed and give your child that poison! I don't care if you weren't able to produce enough milk! Supplement with your husbands!". And before someone gets all upset, I'm not talking about normal mothers who bf. I'm referring to those holier than thou mothers who think its their job to scold you for not bf'ing no matter the reason.

Katy Khan

I'm seriously grossed out right now...

lasombrs lasombrs

They have nipples right? And thats pretty much their only actual use so why not? That would be wonderful for mothers on meds that aren't safe for breastfeeding, what if the mother dies in child birth, or a terrible accident during the first year or two? There are plently of reasons it would be a wonderful thing to share with your partner.

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