|Originally posted by Lucysmama|
Men had nipples for a reason...there are no body parts there "for decoration"!
|By Jan Barger, R.N., M.A., IBCLC [See Biography]|
Question: Can men breastfeed?
Answer: What an intriguing question! I'm sure that many men have wished they could, especially when they see the closeness that develops between a nursing mother and her infant.
In theory, it is possible that a man could breastfeed. Male breasts have milk ducts, sinuses, and some mammary tissue. They also have oxytocin and prolactin, the hormones responsible for milk production. There have been reports of men who were able to produce milk through extensive breast and nipple stimulation, but no one knows whether the milk was of the same composition or quality as the kind women produce. Using a feeding tube (a small silicone tube attached to a plastic bottle filled with formula) at his breast, he might be able to get a baby to latch on and suckle, but how long it would take to produce even drops of milk is anyone's guess.
|Originally posted by laurashanley|
By the way, I don't necessarily believe that men should start nursing their babies. I just think it's an interesting concept. It certainly gets people thinking!