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Have You Ever Tried Human Breast Milk as an Adult?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 10, 2012 at 2:04 AM

So I'm currently breastfeeding my newborn right now, and sometimes he doesn't finish his bottle of expressed breast milk. It feels like such a waste to just toss it, so obviously, I've been tempted, but I've never had the guts to try it! I've heard people say that it tastes "sweet", but does that mean it tastes good? Anyone with experience care to comment? Human breast milk is more nutritious than cow's milk, right? =P

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 11, 2012
at 10:32 PM

I agree! I would give human milk a try from a healthy woman. If I were to have a baby, I would totally make ice cream out of it.

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(18635)

on August 11, 2012
at 02:44 AM

not bad in coffee.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on August 10, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Exactly what my Dad says! He can't fathom drinking it, he thinks it is disgusting, probably because cow milk production is done behind sealed doors.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:46 AM

I got pretty good a hand expressing, and could shoot it straight into my mouth on the rare occasion I was curious to taste it, like after eating something really spicy.

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

(720)

on August 10, 2012
at 06:39 AM

Typical over-reactions ^^ Let the OP respond if she wants to.

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on August 10, 2012
at 05:03 AM

The first thing that comes to mind is Little Britain (I want Bitty). I laughed like crazy. But honestly, it is up to you - whether you want to try it or not.

A08b210e4da7e69cd792bddc1f4aae4b

(1031)

on August 10, 2012
at 04:12 AM

Wow, she only asked! It's a perfectly valid question to ask for clarification.

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:34 AM

She may work and needs to leave milk for the day. Or she may swap off feeding duties with her partner during the night, so she can occasionally get a good night's sleep. Or her partner might like feeding the baby as extra bonding time.

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on August 10, 2012
at 03:16 AM

or maybe she has a job outside the home and the babe needs to be fed during the day without her? This is an awfully close-minded question.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 10, 2012
at 03:15 AM

what would you like her to do Vermonter? Use formula in the bottle? She did not say that she is not nursing him and if she is not then Im sure there is a damn good reason. Kudos to CoconutWater for giving her baby breastmilk.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 10, 2012
at 03:08 AM

There are times that bottle feeding is necessary. My twins were born at 32 weeks, and were therefore too weak to nurse. Now they nurse for the first half of thee meal and we bottle feed them the rest. One day they'll nurse their full meal, but when my wife is out or asleep, I'll still bottle feed (as I'm ill equipped for nursing).

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:38 AM

Apparently it's all the rage in Mongolia http://www.drmomma.org/2009/07/breastfeeding-in-land-of-genghis-khan.html

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 10, 2012
at 02:19 AM

Wow. Have your really and truly not even tasted it? I sure did with my first, out of curiosity. It is quite sweet.

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531b053b68e92ac509fc1544f88dc103

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:58 AM

Today's Double Jeopardy is "Things Quagmire would ask".

have-you-ever-tried-human-breast-milk-as-an-adult?

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7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

on August 10, 2012
at 08:16 AM

It's weird how we think that milk from our own species is weird but from another it's not

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on August 10, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Exactly what my Dad says! He can't fathom drinking it, he thinks it is disgusting, probably because cow milk production is done behind sealed doors.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 11, 2012
at 10:32 PM

I agree! I would give human milk a try from a healthy woman. If I were to have a baby, I would totally make ice cream out of it.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:48 AM

I gave the extra to our old sick kitty who was battling feline leukemia, and he loved it. The vet gave him 12 months to live, but he powered on for 5 more years, maybe the milk helped.

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:30 AM

Well, there's always this: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/25/134056923/breast-milk-ice-cream-a-hit-at-london-store

I have indeed tasted my breastmilk and it was pretty much what everyone else said: sweet, watery, etc. It was kind of like the milk that's left over after a bowl of Frosted Flakes (if anyone remembers what Frosted Flakes are ;) )

As a rule of thumb, I think when my boy was bottle-drinking breastmilk, if he didn't finish the bottle, we'd put it back in the fridge for a limited time (like 2 hours) - check this out for more on that:http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/milkstorage/reusing-expressedmilk/ - but if you're curious about tasting it yourself, I say swig it down!

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:53 AM

My sister told me that her husband drank her excess milk and at the time that really was odd to me, but now, I guess, it was to good use. As far as extra milk, this is a true story: her nipples leaked milk when MY baby cried, and this was 11 years after she had last breastfed!

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Of course human breastmilk is more nutritous for humans than cows milk (which is for baby cows)....I have been breastfeeding for 9 years now and sure have tasted it. Very sweet and quite tasty.....and of course awesome for you. Cook with it perhaps?

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on August 10, 2012
at 05:33 AM

George Bernard Shaw had it with his cereal every morning.

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on August 10, 2012
at 03:04 AM

Yes, I've tasted it and it is generally sweet. Also rather thin. It changes over the course of lactation, becoming saltier as lactation ends.

My question for you is, why are you bottle-feeding breast milk? It is best served from the natural container, and there are many benefits for doing so.

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on August 10, 2012
at 03:16 AM

or maybe she has a job outside the home and the babe needs to be fed during the day without her? This is an awfully close-minded question.

A08b210e4da7e69cd792bddc1f4aae4b

(1031)

on August 10, 2012
at 04:12 AM

Wow, she only asked! It's a perfectly valid question to ask for clarification.

78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on August 10, 2012
at 03:34 AM

She may work and needs to leave milk for the day. Or she may swap off feeding duties with her partner during the night, so she can occasionally get a good night's sleep. Or her partner might like feeding the baby as extra bonding time.

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

(720)

on August 10, 2012
at 06:39 AM

Typical over-reactions ^^ Let the OP respond if she wants to.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on August 10, 2012
at 03:08 AM

There are times that bottle feeding is necessary. My twins were born at 32 weeks, and were therefore too weak to nurse. Now they nurse for the first half of thee meal and we bottle feed them the rest. One day they'll nurse their full meal, but when my wife is out or asleep, I'll still bottle feed (as I'm ill equipped for nursing).

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 10, 2012
at 03:15 AM

what would you like her to do Vermonter? Use formula in the bottle? She did not say that she is not nursing him and if she is not then Im sure there is a damn good reason. Kudos to CoconutWater for giving her baby breastmilk.

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Fe8ee6e49baae08c9535e326f3ce8ff2

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on August 10, 2012
at 06:52 AM

good idea to try if expressing so you know when it defrosts it hasn't spolit

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on August 10, 2012
at 02:52 AM

I've never pumped, so never had the opportunity to take a full on swig. My son is 19 months and still nursing a TON. So, I've tasted a drop here and there, it's milky, watery, sweet, as far as I can tell. He seems to LOVE it!!!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 10, 2012
at 07:46 AM

I got pretty good a hand expressing, and could shoot it straight into my mouth on the rare occasion I was curious to taste it, like after eating something really spicy.

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on January 20, 2013
at 03:27 PM

Purslaneprovidence, Can you answer comments in previous topic? http://paleohacks.com/questions/139548/do-hemorrhoids-go-away-on-their-own#axzz2IUN4u5H1

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6f7dff370a9178fc54125dc9ccde5c36

on August 11, 2012
at 03:39 AM

I pumped and fed. Breastmilk can be refed even if left out for long periods.

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193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

on August 10, 2012
at 02:46 AM

It's not bad at all. I hear it has all sorts of beneficial properties when consumed. Everything from reversing baldness, to healing gut woes, to curing cancer. I think most that is not true (curing cancer and baldness? really?) but if you have some laying around, why not give it a go?

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