As 20somethings, we have generally built up a tolerance to health trends that promise amazing results for our bodies. It seems like every week, there’s some sort of new workout or nutrition fad that merits some sort of attention because it’s not completely ridiculous, but just out there enough to make you think it might work.
If you like to experiment on these trends for yourself, then it’s time for you to get in line for some good ole’ fashioned breast milk. I swear this isnt as perverse as it sounds, but apparently breast milk holds the solution to your health and fitness goals. Should we really get in line for it?
Breast milk is generally available for purchase by mothers who may not produce enough milk on their own to feed their infants. There’s a huge market online with numerous sites in which women pump extra milk, list their health stats, and then sell them by the ounce. It can actually generate a decent amount of extra monthly income since breast milk can price from anywhere between $1.50-$2.50 per ounce.
Aside from being donated and supplied other mothers in need, the rationale somehow came about that if breast milk can provide a growing baby with everything it needs to survive, then it might do the same for adults who are looking to make healthy changes in their bodies. Of course, some bodybuilders have started using breast milk to supplement their gains, and all fitness trends flow from the top of the food chain; so here we are discussing whether or not we’ll soon be making kale and breast milk smoothies before our next workout.
The Down Market
Before I calmly go into the potential negatives, its only fair that I delve into the proposed benefits of relatching yourself to breastmilk more than 20 years after you’ve left it behind. According to the American Pregnancy Association, breast milk has an impressive nutritional profile, with a variety of proteins, healthy fats, vitamins and carbohydrates. This would essentially make it a superfood, hence ideal as a workout supplement. Except for one thing: it’s for BABIES. Outside of lab tests and actual babies, there is no proof that breast milk has any effect in adults whatsoever, with the exception of providing nutritional calories.
In fact, supplementing with breast milk can actually be quite dangerous.
The majority of breastmilk that is sold online is not produced or contained in a sterile environment. It can also contain and transmit diseases.
“The lack of pasteurisation and testing not only indicates a bacterial risk but also exposes consumers to a host of infectious diseases, including hepatitis, HIV and syphilis,” according to Science Daily.
WHAT?!?! In an effort to get a leg up on the health game, I’m willing to try breast milk, but in return for possible STD’s? No thank you! If you absolutely have to add breast milk to your regimen, do yourself a favor and request health papers from the seller, or at least buy from a credible source.
As for me, the potential trade-off is not beneficial, so I’ll stick to my kale shakes, hold the breastmilk please!