Men drinking breast milk is the newest craze when it comes to opting for a “natural alternative” to supplements. This might sound bizarre and “unnatural,” but a number of male athletes and health-conscious men swear that drinking breast milk is the ultimate in consuming adequate nutrition.
New York Magazine reveals that many men serious about fitness and health are drinking breast milk for supercharged energy and physical performance. Anthony from Queens tells the mag that a friend suggested he try it and a number of men he knows at various gym, drink it.
“It gives me incredible energy I don’t get from other food and drinks.”
Anthony buys breast milk online for around $2.50 an ounce. The New York athlete maintains he doesn’t believe in other options offered on the market. He reveals:
“I don’t believe in steroids or other energy supplements, none of that garbage. 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.”
Anthony said he once paid a neighbor for her breast milk when she was nursing; now he purchases it online from Only the Breast.
Jason Nash is another man who’s into the latest craze. He believes breast milk is just as healthy for adults as it is infants.
“I believe it has kept me from getting sick all these years.”
Sources selling breast milk include Only the Breast, Eats on Feets, and Human Milk 4 Human Babies. Only the Breast founders revealed that the number of men purchasing breast milk has drastically increased since the site went live in 2010.
Government regulations aren’t in place for breast milk the same way they are for blood donations, semen, and human organs. This has granted freedom for the breast milk business to grow “on an unprecedented scale.” Moreover, it is a fad for men in China to drink the liquid. Its proponents are mainly higher-income men with stressful jobs or people in poor health seeking breast milk.
Several years ago Discover magazine published a report on findings that breast milk may help in fighting cancer cells. Additionally, it’s linked to lessening nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Lactation consultant Jan Barger tells NYMag that breast milk is a great alternative for chemo patients.
“It’s easy to digest. So for people struggling through chemotherapy and losing weight, breast milk can give them nutrients.”
She notes that breast milk has many nutrients for infants, but doubts it’s a significant source of nourishment for healthy people or grown men.
There are health concerns associated with obtaining breast milk when it comes to possible contamination. The New York Times reported in October 2013 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.”
Health benefits and physical stamina aside, there are safety considerations when buying breast milk from strangers online or elsewhere. Potential health risks are higher since government regulations aren’t mandated. The Inquisitr previously published an article about over 700 bacteria found in breast milk.
So far, although men drinking breast milk hasn’t posed any real problems, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.
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