A man is attempting to induce lactation, so as to be able to breastfeed any future children he might have.
The 26-year-old man, a Swedish economics student living in Stockholm, has a two-year-old son whom he does not propose to breastfeed, instead saying he is intent on feeding any future children; it is not clear if he has specific plans for this.
He gives a positively vapid justification for his efforts:
“Anything that doesn’t do any harm is worth trying out. And if it works it could prove very important for men’s ability to get much closer to their children at an early stage.
If it works and the milk turns out to have a high nutritional value it could be a real breakthrough.”
He vows to keep up his pumping even if he has to do so in class, regardless of what onlookers might say:
“I’m going to have to pull out the pump during lectures. But really it doesn’t bother me if it makes people uncomfortable. If they have issues with it that’s their problem.”
He admits his antics are considered utterly demented by most:
“There have been a lot of strong reactions. Some people think it’s completely sick.”
His efforts will be covered on TV as “The Milkman – One Drop at a Time”, so perhaps an undeclared motive can also be inferred.
Inducing lactation can easily be accomplished even in males by the use of certain drugs; without drugs, women can commonly induce lactation in the absence of pregnancy by simulating suckling on their breasts several times a day for an hour or so, a practice sometimes entered into by wet-nurses and those with an interest in so-called “adult nursing relationships.”
Such a natural method is unlikely to produce more than a “a drop or two” after many months, says a Swedish professor of endocrinology. She elaborates in more detail than is strictly required:
“Women breastfeed after they’ve been bathing in estrogen during a nine month pregnancy, so obviously it takes some time. But if he works on it regularly he’ll likely notice a layer of tissue forming beneath the areola and it should be possible to produce enough of the hormone prolactin to cause lactation.”
As might be expected of Sweden’s ultra-leftwing academic establishment, she refuses to condemn the practice (and takes the opportunity to assert “men often have trouble finding things”), and suggests men use their breasts to suckle their children, even if it is totally ineffective:
“Men often have trouble finding things. And if the mother is out, the child is screaming and they can’t find the pacifier I’m sure there are a lot of men who give their baby their breasts.
Healthy children know instinctively that the breast has a dual function. One gives them milk, the other gives them warmth and a cosy bond. Men don’t need to strive to produce milk but they should take the opportunity to get closer to their child by offering them their breasts in the same way as women.”