Subject: Re: Men who breastfeed (next on Oprah..) Date: Fri, 14 Jan 1994 18:25:21 GMT Subj
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Bartmess)
Subject: Re: Men who breastfeed (next on Oprah..)
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 1994 18:25:21 GMT
Subject: Re: Men Who Breastfeed? (Next on Oprah)
My SO is a Certified Lactation Consultant, head of La Leche
League's National Research Review Committee, wrote her Ph.D.
thesis on breastfeeding, and re-lactated for an adopted baby six
years after nursing our first-born. Hence, I think she may have
some definitive answers here.
1. relactation in a woman, long after having had a baby, without
another childbirth or hormones, is viable in many mothers, perhaps
more than half who try. A full supply of milk is rare, but a 1/4-
1/2 supply is often obtained. Stimulation (over weeks to months)
by use of a breast pump is often sufficient to establish a milk
2. lactation by a woman who has never been pregnant is actually
comparable in difficulty. Many cases are known.
3. Male lactation: there are cases reported in the anthro
literature in tribal groups where men routinely pacify babies at the
breast. Some men have lactated to some extent due to puititary tumors,
drugs (e.g. high doses of reglan) and other situations (associated
with prolactin production).
- Also, there are rare cases where both men and women have
lactated very quickly because of emergency situations (starving
baby, no other food source).
- Male breast infections and breast cancer are known.
- Babies, both male and female, at birth will occasionally have a
few drops of milk ooze from their nipples; this was referred to as
Two good source books:
"Breast Feeding and Human Lactation,": Jan Riordan & Kathy Auerbach 1993
"Breastfeeding: a Guide for the Medical Profession," 3rd Ed. Ruth
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