Working out is awesome. It keeps you healthy, keeps you strong and gives you a sense of achievement. Then you have all the other reasons, like looking good, being able to wear a vest, being able to wiggle your pectoral muscles like Terry Crews…we could go on.
Many look for muscle growth supplements in order get that bodybuilding edge, but some folk are looking for a rather different product altogether. Namely, breast milk.
Let’s take a look at why it might be getting popular.
Are there benefits?
Nutrients? If it is good enough for a fetus, surely it’s good enough for a full blown, full blooded human? Well there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to support this theory. In fact, if you drink a cup of cow’s milk you’ll get 7.9 grams of protein. Compare that to 2.5g in a cup of breast milk and you have to ask what the point is? Unsurprisingly, breast milk is also higher in fat and sugar.
Then again, there is colostrum. So we asked nutritionist Dominic Swift for his thoughts on colostrum.
“Colostrum is the first milk the female breast produces during pregnancy and in relatively recent times the scientific world has been assessing its effects as a nutritional supplement to more than just babies. It is naturally abundant in the important protein IGF-1 amongst other important nutrients and when involved in scientific studies it has resulted in significant increases in bone free lean body mass of the subjects. Due to cultural reasons bovine colostrum (colostrum from cows) is the type that has been most widely studied so drawing parallels from bovine to human may be premature at this point in time until more scientific data is produced showing the same effects with human colostrum.”
Is it safe?
Hmmm. Overall, we’d have to say no. But like anything you get what you pay for.
If you have a lactating partner, and can source your breast milk from a 100% traceable, organic origin then it might be ok. But imagine the conversation.
“Alright love, any chance you can stop feeding junior and let me have a go?”
Not going to work. So many who are looking to get breast milk have been, as so often is the case, turning to the internet. It’s hard to find breast milk on trusted sites, so you could be getting unregulated milk, full of horrible bacteria.
Why is it getting popular?
Can you explain why people think Fifty Shades of Grey is a good book? Or why people think it’s alright to say “LOL” in conversation without irony? No. It could just be one of those weird, unexplainable things that take hold of the public.
Then again, there is some logic. The nutrients, proven or not, do make some kind of sense. Add to that the colostrum conundrum and you do possibly have a supplement worth going for.
Would you drink breast milk?
Now you’ve read a bit about it and seen the benefits and drawbacks, let’s find out what you think!