Milk does the body good, but what about breast milk. Could it be as healthy or tasteful for adults as it is for infants.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, human breast milk is composed of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates plus cells called leukocytes: “They help fight infection. It is the antibodies, living cells, enzymes, and hormones that make breast milk ideal. These cannot be added to formula,” the association said.
Florence Williams, author of ”Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History,” told the Washington Post, “If human breast milk, nature’s perfect food, came stamped with an ingredients label, it would read something like this: 4 percent fat, vitamins A, C, E and K, sugars, essential minerals, proteins, enzymes, and antibodies. It contains 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of virtually everything a baby needs to grow, plus, as we’ve seen, a solid hedge of extras to help ward off a lifetime of diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer.”
Williams added, “Despite exhaustion, visiting relatives, and even dirty laundry, every time we nurse our babies, the love hormone oxytocin courses out of our pituitaries like a warm bath. Human milk is like ice cream, penicillin, and the drug ecstasy all wrapped up in two pretty packages.”
With all those nutrients, male athletes have decided to drink breast milk to boost their stamina at the gym.
“It gives me incredible energy I don’t get from other food and drinks,” Anthony, who lives in Queens told NY Mag. Typically, he buys it online for about $2.50 an ounce. Considering this substance is typically available free of charge, that price represents a substantial markup. Anthony does not mind; he’s happy to pay. “I always compensate the women I buy from,” he said. “And pretty nicely, too.”
“I don’t believe in steroids or other energy supplements, none of that garbage,” he said. He’d been buying breast milk from his neighbor for the past year, but she stopped nursing. Now, he uses sites like Only the Breast: “I want natural stuff that’s God-given, and if it’s okay with moms looking to get rid of it, I’ll take it.”
Jason Nash, a 55-year-old father of four, started drinking breast milk after the birth of his first child. “It occurred to me that breast milk could be just as healthy and tasteful for adults as infants,” Nash said. “I believe it has kept me from getting sick all these years.” His wife isn’t thrilled, but doesn’t mind as long as the milk comes from a safe source.
Most sites and reserve banks want their breast milk to go to babies in need and won’t sell to adult males, but some still do like; Only the Breast, Eats on Feets, and Human Milk 4 Human Babies. Also, the sale of bodily fluids is banned on sites like eBay and Craigslist.
Buying bodily fluids from strangers online presents health risks. Last October, the New York Times reported that “64 percent of the samples from milk-sharing sites were contaminated with staph, 36 percent with strep, and almost three-quarters with other bacterial species. Seventy-four percent of the samples would have failed milk bank criteria.”
Before drinking breast milk, consumers should always consider the possible hazards that have caused the Food and Drug Administration to warn against this practice.