Got milk? No, not the kind you think. In an unusual twist, some men are turning to human milk in a quest to bulk up or improve their health, believing all the benefits it provides to infants can produce similar effects in adults. The trend is puzzling experts who say breast milk is meant for human babies, not human grown-ups. They worry about the safety of drinking milk from donors who are not properly screened.
Breast milk as health food for men? Experts caution against bizarre trend
Adult health craze for human breast milk poses risks - CBS News
Breast milk is the best food for your baby, and the many advantages of breastfeeding mean your baby benefits from your milk in lots of other important ways too. As well as nourishing him, breast milk protects your baby. Breast milk is full of live ingredients , including stem cells, white blood cells and beneficial bacteria, 2 as well as other bioactive components, such as antibodies, enzymes and hormones, 3 which all help fight infection, prevent disease, and contribute to normal healthy development. Babies who are breastfed exclusively for their first six months are less likely to suffer from diarrhoea and sickness, gastroenteritis, colds and flu, ear and chest infections and thrush. In fact, studies have shown that breastfeeding reduces crying and provides relief when babies are having vaccinations.
Adult health craze for human breast milk poses risks
Continued breastfeeding is then recommended for at least one year, as different foods are introduced into the baby's diet 3. Breast milk contains everything the baby needs for the first six months of life, in all the right proportions. Its composition even changes according to the baby's changing needs, especially during the first month of life 4. During the first days after birth, the breasts produce a thick and yellowish fluid called colostrum.
This includes the nutrition a baby receives during this period which can have a resounding impact. The most complete form of nutrition for infants, breast milk, offers a range of benefits for health, growth, immunity, and development. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for at least six months and even up to two years and beyond because of the long-lasting benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby.