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Paleo dudes: Would you lactate for your baby?

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Created April 27, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Breastfeeding is embraced by traditional food communities as the best option for babies. Now Scientific American says, "Strange But True: Males Can Lactate".

Lots of PaleoHacks threads on breastfeeding feature commentary from paleo guys supporting breastfeeding...my question is...to what extent? Absent the option of mother's milk due to any number of dire circumstances (death of the mother, etc.), would you, the father, attempt to induce lactation in yourself to ensure that your baby gets nothing but the very best?

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12369 · April 27, 2011 at 8:10 PM

spoken like a true new dad!

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13983 · April 27, 2011 at 7:43 PM

"15 character." LOL!

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12369 · April 27, 2011 at 6:04 PM

no exceptions from milk banks - always pasteurized. I still think that it is better than the WAPF formula (IMO)- not to mention the WAPF formula is so time expensive (which would be super tough on a new mom). I pumped and gave milk to a friend who wasn't producing after a C section (the hospital was going to give the baby formula - and I just happened to be visiting and saw the nurse about to give the baby formula - me: "STOP wait 5 I can pump at least 5 oz in 5 minutes")

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18412 · April 27, 2011 at 5:10 PM

are there any exceptions? what do you recommend? the WAPF formula?

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889 · April 27, 2011 at 5:05 PM

breast milk from milk banks are always pasteurized.

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600 · April 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM

I had a friend that ate so much free tofu/tempe from a factory in eugene, OR that he lactated!

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1348 · April 27, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Yes. 15 characters.

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12369 · April 27, 2011 at 8:10 PM

spoken like a true new dad!

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13983 · April 27, 2011 at 7:43 PM

"15 character." LOL!

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18412 · April 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM

ultimatum: baby dies or lactate? then sure.

but since that would almost never be the only option, then no. i would sooner find a suitable source from another female, via either a willing participate that I personally know, or from a milk bank. i don't think it's natural or healthy to induce a male to lactate. that's female territory right there.

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889 · April 27, 2011 at 5:05 PM

breast milk from milk banks are always pasteurized.

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18412 · April 27, 2011 at 5:10 PM

are there any exceptions? what do you recommend? the WAPF formula?

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12369 · April 27, 2011 at 6:04 PM

no exceptions from milk banks - always pasteurized. I still think that it is better than the WAPF formula (IMO)- not to mention the WAPF formula is so time expensive (which would be super tough on a new mom). I pumped and gave milk to a friend who wasn't producing after a C section (the hospital was going to give the baby formula - and I just happened to be visiting and saw the nurse about to give the baby formula - me: "STOP wait 5 I can pump at least 5 oz in 5 minutes")

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3417 · April 27, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I'm not sure male milk is nutritionally replete. If it were, ehhh, I guess I'd be ok with that? Imagine telling the kid when it were older that you missed the father-son bonding that came with breastfeeding. Its little head would explode.

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483 · April 27, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I don't believe that so, nope.

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