If you’ve haven’t already gleaned from all our coverage over the last year, breast milk is no longer just for babies. But while we’ve seen human breast milk turned into an array culinary delights for the adult set, this is the first time we’ve caught wind of a man opting to turn it into his sole source of sustenance. One man has decided to see how long he can survive on a diet consisting entirely of his wife’s breast milk. Currently, the parents of three maintain a 22-cubic-foot freezer full of milk that they haven’t been able to donate to breast milk banks. So what’s a couple to do? There’s no waste in this household – each drop will be consumed, and the couple is blogging daily about their breast milk experiment!
The couple, Curtis and Katie (a childbirth and lactation educator), are parents to three children. Each of Katie’s pregnancies have found her babies ending up in the NICU, requiring her to pre-pump a surplus of milk. After their first baby was placed in the NICU Katie got into the habit of pumping milk every two hours round the clock for fear that my milk would dry up. This left her with an excess supply of milk that she was able to use to feed her first child while pregnant with her second. Her second child also spent time in the NICU, and she quickly filled up a 7″ cubic freezer with more milk, which she eventually donated. When she gave birth to her third child, she again went through the same process of stockpiling her milk, but unfortunately this time was not able to donate to a milk bank given that she had been taking various medications while pumping.
Rather than tossing the milk and calling it a loss, the couple decided they would just save it for themselves. But because they were moving homes, they realized that transporting the milk would be too costly and complicated, so instead Curtis has decided to drink the milk as long as he can – meaning he would be surviving solely on the breast milk and breast milk alone.
As the couple completes this experiment Curtis’ weight and calorie intake are being carefully monitored and his body is being watched for any ill effects. Katie’s milk contains approximately 27-32 calories per ounce – to meet Curtis’ need of 2,000 calories a day, he’s downing 66 ounces of breast milk a day.
Now on day 3, we have to say we’re not sure how Curtis is going to fare on this all-liquid diet, but he does appear to remain positive. As he wrote today: “Much more hungry yesterday… Near the end of the day I started craving solid foods, so I drank more milk and it satisfied my hunger. I am really enjoying the milk now and am always surprised how each glass tastes different.”
You can follow the couple’s progress on their blog here.