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So our playgroup was discussing this a couple of weeks ago and I'm curious...<br><br>
If you were stranded somewhere, with only your milk to drink - no food or water available - how long could you keep up the cycle of drinking your milk and producing more milk. How long could you live like that?<br><br>
This is just a sample of the profound questions that I think about when sitting around the house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'd guess about as long as it would take you to sget dehydrated, maybe less, because you would be expending energy to make milk.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But wouldn't your milk hydrate you?</div>
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yes, but you'd pee, so you'd be losing water and not getting any additional.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yes, but you'd pee, so you'd be losing water and not getting any additional.</div>
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Ahhh, but urine is sterile and can be "reused" for rehydration. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> :puke
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ahhh, but urine is sterile and can be "reused" for rehydration. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> :puke</div>
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Ewwww
 

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I guess it would be a matter of, how many calories does it take to make milk, and how many calories are in the milk? I'm sure there's a deficit. I mean, if you weren't sweating, and drank your own urine and milk, you could make it a while. But how long until you starved to death?
 

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You'd actually die quicker, cause of the calories you use to make breastmilk<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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The milk you drank wouldn't really hydrate you because it would be water that was coming from your own body. And yeah, you'd be losing additional through sweat and urine. I seem to remember that you can safely drink your own urine a few times (without anything else to drink) before it becomes too contaminated with waste products, but I don't have a reference for that.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Should we add this to the 101 reasons to breastfeed? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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So uh, who can actually reach down there to get their milk? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Or should I say, the boob reaches...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So uh, who can actually reach down there to get their milk? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Or should I say, the boob reaches...</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I would have to express into something else. There's no way my boobs can get anywhere near my mouth.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I would have to express into something else. There's no way my boobs can get anywhere near my mouth.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I don't even remember how I discovered that I could. Or what made me think to try it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: It wasn't anything anti-UA. I just know that I can. I'm definately weirder than I thought. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">:
 

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I don't have an answer to the original question but I could drink the milk from the tap. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I would have to express into something else. There's no way my boobs can get anywhere near my mouth.</div>
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I could manage my right boob <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
But, honestly I think I'd have to express in my hand and go from there because I just couldn't, no I COULDN'T, nurse off myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao">
 

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I could drink my own. I mean it is physically possible.<br><br>
Anyway, I love the internet. Is there any question that you can't find something about?<br><br><a href="http://www2.abc.net.au/science/k2/stn-archive1/posts/topic20556.shtm" target="_blank">http://www2.abc.net.au/science/k2/st...opic20556.shtm</a>
 

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