man and newbornHave you ever heard of a man breastfeeding -- other than that one guy who gave birth? Technically he had woman parts so he doesn't really count. I'm talking about a man born male. This morning, I heard the DJs on my local radio station having a bizarre conversation about one of their friends who breastfed and was a man.
I thought I heard wrong.
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I did a little searching around the web and it actuallyis possible. Apparently, men have milk ducts and mammary tissue and they produce prolactin and oxytocin, which are the hormones needed for milk production. It appears that men, like many adoptive mothers, can produce milk through pumping, nipple stimulation, and medical intervention and don't need the actual hormones produced from pregnancy. Which is awesome, right? Who knew? Of course, in the case of men who breastfeed, there's no research as to what the quality of nourishment the milk hasRead More »from Men Can Breastfeed -- but Do We Really Want Them To?