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Paleo dudes: Would you lactate for your baby?

by (12118) Updated April 27, 2011 at 7:01 PM 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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1321 · April 27, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Yes. 15 characters.

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18236 · 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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3395 · 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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