Breast milk enters Chinese cuisine

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Tue, 10-28-2003 - 5:45pm
This is from the BBC's Web site. I have used BM for a diaper rash, I would use it for conjunctivitis, but I draw the line here. ;-) Anyone else seen this?

Tuesday, 28 January, 2003, 14:43 GMT

Breast milk enters Chinese cuisine



This dish could be the first of many

Chinese chefs will go to great lengths to please their customers and the unusual ingredient they are reported to be using of late seems to confirm that reputation.

According to local newspapers, a restaurant in southern Hunan province has started offering dishes cooked with human breast milk.

When the customers are having the human milk banquet, they can experience maternal love at the same time




Restaurant owner



Two dishes were offered for the first time on 25 January, featuring abalone and perch.

The eatery, in the provincial capital Changsha, is said to be hoping to expand to the town of Shenzhen - a booming economic zone, across the border from Hong Kong.



It plans to offer a banquet featuring 108 dishes made with human milk, which would cost in the region of 280,000 yuan (US$33,000), one report said.

The milk used so far is reported to have come from six peasant women who were still breast-feeding their children.

No details have been given on how much they were paid or how much milk was used.

'Maternal love'

The restaurant owner, who was not named, said he had been working on the idea since October and that the milk used in the dishes was safe and hygienic.

"Our opinion is that we should respect natural things," he said.

"When the customers are having the human milk banquet, they can experience maternal love at the same time."

However local journalists who were invited to sample the dishes reportedly refused on health grounds.

It was not clear whether using breast milk for cooking violated any laws.

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Tue, 10-28-2003 - 6:02pm
I'm with you. That is just too "icky" for me, lol!

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Tue, 10-28-2003 - 6:43pm
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Tue, 10-28-2003 - 8:15pm
This is old...ish. It made the rounds of my bf support group members (similar to LLLL's) last fall and I was interested to see who said it didn't squick them out.

:-) I for one, would eat it...if it were cooked. Not sure what I'd think about anything made with raw bm, like say no-cook pudding mix. ;-)

fio.

(who frequently uses her own milk in cooking, like pancakes, and whose extended family have mostly eaten some of that cooking in small amounts...)

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Tue, 10-28-2003 - 11:54pm
One of my bf'ing friends tells the story of a mom who used bm to make smoothies for the whole family, but never told her husband. Once her child weaned, her husband couldn't understand why he started getting sick! Ok, I have no idea if that story is true!

I have read on bf'ing boards of moms who use milk in cooking. Especially if their child has a food allergy and can't handle regular cow's milk.

Sherry

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Wed, 10-29-2003 - 6:00am
" One of my bf'ing friends tells the story of a mom who used bm to make smoothies for the whole family, but never told her husband. Once her child weaned, her husband couldn't understand why he started getting sick! Ok, I have no idea if that story is true!"

cool! i would have to spend a lot more time hooked up to a pump for that tho...i just pump to relieve myself mainly & use it for cooking only if a) i have no other priority (ie donation to someone) or b) it's milk i pumped for dd2 to leave while i'm out, that didn't get drunk but maybe got a bit of saliva in it or is over 8 days old in the fridge.

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Wed, 10-29-2003 - 6:46am
Next time when I order Chinese food when I ask them to hold the msg, I'll also ask them to hold the breastmilk;)~Lisa
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Thu, 10-30-2003 - 8:26am
well, i've heard of people using bm for home-cooking and that to me is not all that surprising...nor does it bother me. the whole "for public comsumption" thing is not for me. but hey -- $33,000 for the banquet? what kind of cut is the nursing mom making? i'd consider pumping for pay;-)! lol
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Thu, 10-30-2003 - 8:37am
So would I if I even got 1/2 that...I'd provide them with several litres for that amount! ;-)

Fio.

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Thu, 10-30-2003 - 12:03pm
I'm mildly disgusted at the thought of consuming an unknown woman's bm. I'm more disgusted by animal milk, though, and I have that sometimes, so yeah, I'd eat it (well cooked of course!). I defintely wouldn't pay extra or that much for it! I don't think I'd be bothered if my sister decided to serve me something w/ her milk in it or my own. My 4 yo ds has benn bugging me lately about my milk in the fridge. Ever since that day I pumped to relieve engorgement when the baby was ~1 week old and he asked if he could drink it (didn't see where it came from. Not sure if he understood yet exactly what it was. He's seen me pump since then and knows now). I almost said no, and then thought, what the heck? Better than tossing it (it was just a few Tbs probably, less than 1/2 oz)! Since then, anytime he sees a little Medela bottle in the fridge he asks if he can have it! I tell him no and he whines because "I like it better than the other milks!" LOL! (We usually have cow, soy and rice milk all the time, ocasionally goat's).


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Thu, 10-30-2003 - 5:01pm
My dd definitely likes bm better than any other milk! She won't drink cow's milk, unless it's on cereal. But I usually put rice milk on our cereal. She will ask for chocolate milk, which I make with organic chocolate syrup and organic milk. Even then she drinks very little of it.

Sherry and nursling Ana (1/01)

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