Male Breastfeeding Does Occur

Sep 17, 2008
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Have you heard of male breastfeeding?  I came across an article and proceeded to do some more digging.  You learn something new everyday right?  Men have mammary glands which can be stimulated to produce milk.  After a little bit of time, he is able to produce a full milk supply.  Men can take Fenugreek which has been used to help women with a low milk supply and use a breast pump to stimulate the breasts.  There is even the beginnings of a clothing line for nursing fathers! I guess us mommies can even take a break from breastfeeding and our babies aren’t 100% dependent on us as we have thought.  What do you think about this??

A few resources to check out:

  1. Male Lactation on Wikipedia
  2. Strange but true: males can lactate; (Scientific American, 2007)
  3. Father’s milk-male mammals’ potential for lactation (Discover Magazine, 1995)
  4. Widower learns to breastfeed (2002 news article about a 38-year-old Sri Lankan father)
  5. Milkmen: Fathers Who Breastfeed (UnassistedChildbirth.com) Along with the article is a movie.  The movie is a little weird, be forewarned:)
  6. Why do men have nipples? (StraightDope.com)
Clothing for the breastfeeding Father.  Click the picture for more.

Clothing for the breastfeeding Father. Click the picture for more.

9 Responses to “Male Breastfeeding Does Occur”

  1. Mike Foster Says:

    I think that there are some things that should remain as is–women were designed to breast feed, not men. Men were designed for…ummm, I’ll get back to you on that one.

    peace,
    mike
    livelife365

  2. mrsbear Says:

    I don’t even know what to say to that. If they have clothing to support it, there must be a market for it right? Learn something new every day.

  3. Elle Says:

    This is a little too weird for me. What about the guys that have hairy chests? Eewww.

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  7. alitha Says:

    im happy for that.it would be a great support to the woman as alternatives..during crisis.right?

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