can humans drink breast milk?

If a woman wanted to save money on groceries, would it be healthy for her to drink her own breast milk? Would it be safe for her to bottle up her milk and sell it?

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  • 6 days ago

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  • LizB
    Lv 7
    6 days ago

    It takes more calories for her to make it than she would get from consuming it, so no, there's no benefit to drinking her own. As for "selling" breastmilk, that's not very well regulated under US law. If you mean like to a grocery store, then no, that's very unlikely. But breastmilk donation to milk banks does exist and sometimes donors can be paid (though usually they are not), and there is no regulation over private donation or sales. But I mean, you're buying a bodily fluid from someone who may be a stranger to you, and have no control over what food or meds they may put in their body, or what diseases they could have. A lot of parents are not willing to take that risk, especially when a viable option like formula is readily available.

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  • Anonymous
    7 days ago

    That's pretty gross. Its a male fetish/fantasy but it is not palatable and therefore not a good idea. No woman in her right mind is going to express her milk and market it for human adult consumption. For other babies/mothers who want to nurse but cannot, it might be a solution but not for mass consumption by the general public.

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  • Oiy
    Lv 5
    7 days ago

    You might not understand the situation, the same as the reducing fertility rate in America. There is not enough breast milk even for babies. The guys will it as always with or without milk.

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  • 7 days ago

    Humans can drink breast milk but it is not cost effective. It is analogous to a motor driving a dynamo to power the motor. It doesn't work. She would have to eat lots of food to produce breast milk. If a woman is not well fed her breasts go empty and saggy. It would generally be safe but there is always the danger the woman is not healthy and she may pass on diseases such as brucellosis via the milk which can cause meningitis and death. So pasteurisation is best.

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  • Ron
    Lv 7
    7 days ago

    FFS Al you need to get out more. People sell their breast milk all the time

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  • 7 days ago

    It requires more energy to make the milk than it provides. It would be counterproductive 

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