Mom Says She Made Breast Milk Brownies for School Bake Sale & People Are Freaking Out

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Breast milk has been referred to as liquid gold. It's credited with everything from protecting babies from illnesses to raising IQ. It's a totally natural and healthy food for babies. But, while breast milk may be touted as the gold standard in infant nutrition, it's still considered a bodily fluid. That's why so many people are freaking out over this confession from a mom who supposedly used her own "liquid gold" in a brownie recipe intended for a bake sale at her child's school.

  • In a post on the Sanctimommy Facebook page, a mom claims she "didn't have time to run to the store" while baking ... so she used breast milk.

    "I didn't think it was a big deal," the anonymous mom writes. "Some of those kids could use the nutrition, let's be honest."

    Um, judgmental much? And, of course, plenty of other parents do think it's a big deal. Apparently, someone at school found out about the breast milk brownies this mom brought to the bake sale and now all hell has broken loose.

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  • We know what you're thinking: Um, what?

  • Needless to say, the Internet has some questions. Like, how did someone just happen to "find out" about this so-called breast milk substitution?

  • Was she bragging about it? Did someone ask for her recipe? Is there a parent at school with an extremely refined palette who just so happened to detect notes of freshly pumped breast milk at the bake sale table and called this mom out?

  • Others started dreaming up their own unacceptable food substitutions.

  • Most importantly, people wanted to know what exactly this mom was thinking.

    Sure, breast milk can be shared, donated, and, yes, probably used in cooking -- there's even a breast milk cookbook for sale on Amazon.

    But breast milk sharing usually happens with permission.

  • As much as moms love breastfeeding, most of us don't want to actually ingest other people's breast milk.

    The Centers for Disease Control warns that while the risk of transmitting a disease via breast milk is pretty low, it's still possible. And breast milk can carry everything from sexually transmitted infections to trace amounts of drugs and alcohol, so parents aren't totally out of their minds to be worried.

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  • Of course, this mom's story is so outrageous, some commenters aren't even convinced it's real.

    Many people pointed out that brownie recipes don't usually call for milk in the first place, unless you're making frosting. A quick Google search yields a few recipes that call for milk chocolate, but it seems eggs, water, and oil are the standard ingredients.

    So, what gives? Is this a hoax?

    Since the post was shared anonymously, it's impossible to say for sure what really happened. But she'd hardly be the first parent to sub in her own breast milk as an ingredient in baked goods. In fact, a mom on Reddit made a similar confession last year and people were just as outraged.

  • Either way, one thing is clear: When it comes to undeclared breast milk and baked goods intended for mass consumption, just say no.

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