This New Mom Gave Strangers Splashes of Her Breast Milk to Help With Hangovers

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After giving birth to her first baby in July, Miki Agrawal was still breastfeeding when she attended the Burning Man festival in Nevada. Although her little one didn't attend the annual three-day event, this new mom did what many breastfeeding moms do while they're away from their kids: She consistently pumped. However, Miki didn't try to conceal her lactating status and instead proudly rocked her hands-free pumping bra and shared her milk with thirsty strangers.

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"Some people downed a whole four ounces hoping for a hangover cure," she wrote on Instagram. "Some wanted it for their coffee to make lattes." 

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Miki shared that she pumped every three hours and ended up giving most of it away, as many curious people at the festival were eager to sample it. After running out of water, she even tasted some of the milk herself and was pleasantly surprised to find that it tasted like "sweet coconut milk."

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However, Miki explained that she wasn't just offering samples of her breast milk to share the enjoyable flavor. "So many people told me that they had no idea that I had to keep pumping every three hours because they didn't know that breasts would become engorged and super painful if they were not pumped -- nature's way of keeping mama and baby working together," she wrote. "It made me realize that most people (including me before I had Hiro) know very little about motherhood and birth and post birth and that this needs to be mandatory learning for all humans."

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As the former CEO for a brand of period-proof panties, Miki is no stranger to raising awareness for what the female body goes through and hopes that her lactation experience helped educate other festival-goers. "Every human has been birthed and raised somehow and yet even the smartest people have no idea what this process looks like," she wrote. "Nobody learns how to become a parent, let alone a good one. Time to change this."

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Although you might want to think twice before accepting breast milk from a stranger because of safety concerns over the risk of transferring infections, Miki's empowered and giving spirit made a major statement.

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