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Can't quite understand the fuss about breast milk - Cont.
by Clara Chow

I can’t quite understand what the big deal is about breast milk and one’s inclination to ingest it or not.

After all, people have no qualms about drinking milk from cows, sheep, goats, camels and yaks.

Reality starlet Khloe Kardashian recently tweeted her discomfort over sister Kourtney, who has a baby son, sampling her own milk.

“Kourt just admitted that she tasted her own breast milk. Ummmm TMI (too much information),” wrote Khloe.

Us Magazine, in response to this little tidbit, quoted a lactation consultant saying that it was “not dangerous” for women to drink their own breast milk.

You don’t say. Who would give their baby something that might be dangerous if they drank it themselves?

The reasons for breast-milk fear range from the socio-cultural (human breasts have become so sexualised that the thought of liquid from it makes people uncomfortable), psychological (some people have commented that it feels a little like cannibalism or autosarcophagy) or biological (most adult mammals lose the ability to break down the lactose found in milk, and human milk contains the highest level of lactose – 7 per cent, compared to 4 or 5 per cent for cows).

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readers' comments
Nothing wrong with that. I've also tasted my own because I'm curious what it tastes like. Believe it or not, it's sweet and watery and a little bit more fatty than the usual cow's milk we drink that's all. Nothing scary / odd about it...
Posted by ShinHime on Wed, 17 Mar 2010 at 17:55 PM

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