Latest trend in weightlifting? Breast milk

February 18th, 2015 by Staff

Those who drink breast milk claim it gives them incredible energy.

(ABC 7 Los Angeles) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The newest trend in weightlifting? Breast milk. Some say it gives them incredible energy, while others are looking for a different way to build muscle.

“You hear everything: testosterone, gorilla hormones. People are willing to go overboard on just trying to get bigger and be better,” Crossfitter Austin Mariglia told ABC affiliate WZZM-TV.

“I would never in my wildest dreams think somebody would be drinking breast milk for performance,” Crossfitter Jake Platt told ABC affiliate KOMO-TV.

There are many others, however, who are convinced milk from a human is better for your muscles than milk from a cow. An online search shows dozens of forums and articles that spotlight this growing trend. Many of those sites are filled with classified ads for “men buying breast milk.”

But don’t expect to hear these guys talk about drinking breast milk while pumping iron. Women who sell their milk say most of their male buyers prefer to stay anonymous.

“They usually first ask if there’s anymore milk available,” breast milk seller Jennifer Rose told KOMO-TV. “I just find that they’re very secretive. Even when they call me, their numbers are blocked. They just don’t want to be seen or known.”

Some online breast milk banks are paying women up to $1,200 a month for selling breast milk, WZZM-TV reports. It’s a trend that worries pediatricians. 

“I would discourage anyone from purchasing breast milk from those untrusted sources,” said Dr. Lana Gagin. “The way this milk is stored and processed is not always safe.”

Gagin also doesn’t believe all the hype surrounding breast milk and bigger muscles. 

“There is nothing in breast milk that can be of benefit to a healthy adult or there is nothing in breast milk that would enhance your physical performance,” Gagin said.

Registered nurse Emily Pease agrees. She tells KOMO-TV that that breast milk isn’t “harmful” to adults, but “there is no evidence that (she’s) aware of that demonstrates the benefits of adults consuming human milk.”

WZZM-TV crunched the numbers:

In one cup of breast milk:
2.5 grams of protein
10.8 grams of fat
17 grams of carbs
172 calories

One cup of cow’s milk:
7.9 grams of protein
7.9 grams of fat
11 grams of carbs
146 calories

Breast milk does have nutritional benefits for babies and can even help fight against diseases. 

A check of online sites shows breast milk currently sells for anywhere from $2 to $5 an ounce.

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