Breast milk is often described as liquid gold; it is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes. It is thought to be the optimal food for babies and beside the nutritional content there are a host of other benefits for both mother and baby.
So is it surprising that that bodybuilders, cross-fitters and health fanatics are using breast milk as a protein shake alternative? Yes, Actually. It is rather surprising. But it seems that adult consumption of breast milk is actually happening – and it is becoming more popular.
The new trend emerged when wanted adverts from men “seeking breast milk” started appearing on classified ad websites such as Only the Breast. One of the posters told KUTV that he buys breast milk so that he can drink it for “health and workout purposes”. He explained that a friend, who is a doctor, had introduced him to “a life fresh, raw, and natural products.”
KUTV also reported that breastfeeding mothers were being approached and propositioned for their milk. Rebecca, a new mum told them that a man had walked up to her and asked if she was breastfeeding. What he said next, startled her:
“He lingered for a minute and you could tell he was a little nervous to ask, and then he asked if I would be interested in selling him my breast milk,” Rebecca told KUTV.
“I just sort of looked at him strangely and said ‘I don’t think so, but if you need breast milk they have milk banks for that – to make sure babies get milk’ and he said ‘Oh, no it’s for me. I’m doing bodybuilding and Cross-Fit.'”
So, do the well-documented benefits of breast milk extend to adults? Lactation consultant Anna Quenault says that in some circumstances they do. “Adults who have severe gastrointestinal problems, IgA deficiency in liver transplant recipients, or have cancer among others sometimes source human milk,” she explains.