Breast Cheese?

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Breast Cheese?
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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 1:50pm

A chef in New York started to make cheese out of his wife's breatmilk so it wouldn't go to waste, you can read more about it at this link: http://www.ivillage.com/breast-cheese/3-a-123091?ice=iv:mb:msg:mm.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
In reply to: Cmmelissa
Thu, 03-11-2010 - 2:10pm
Well, there are tons of other options for milk. I switched from soymilk to Oat and Almond milk a few years ago (because I wondered if having too much soy was affecting my fertility). I like mixing the Oat and Almond together because the oat milk is very sweet and the almond milk is good protein.
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Registered: 04-08-2008
In reply to: Cmmelissa
Thu, 03-11-2010 - 1:05pm

Ah but remember dairy cows don't just produce milk there whole lives spontaneously...they are given hormones to keep the milk coming when there is no baby to warrant it.


I've always been grossed out by the idea of drinking cow's milk. I wouldn't touch it as a kid for that reason. Once I got old enough for bcps, I realized that is kind of similar to what they do to cows...but does that stop me from using milk, no! Soy products are worse in my opinion so I'll take the lesser of two evils, wahhhhh...kind of tongue in cheek bc if you look closely at anything you can get grossed out nowadays. Our societal normal has become superficially "clean"...


Dee


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Registered: 09-08-2007
In reply to: Cmmelissa
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 5:38pm

I was thinking that, too, Cassie. Maybe she had never heard of milk banks. A woman at a daycare I used to work with ended up with a bunch of extra frozen BM after her son stopped drinking it, and I suggested the milk bank to her. Not only had she never heard of it, she thought THAT was weird and gross (another child drinking her BM)! I was like, "Well, it's a nice option for people who don't want to use formula and can't BF." But she was still all weird about it.

People are weird.

And the reason I am weirded out by the idea of drinking someone else's BM has more to do with being vegan, I think. Not only do I find the idea of drinking all milk weird, but people who eat meat have toxins from the meat in their BM.

All the dairy we normally consume is from animals that are grazers (cows, goats, etc). So the milk is a product of a primaryu consumer. Just like mercury is concentrated as it gets passed along the food chain (so larger fish contain more mercury), toxins are concentrated in BM, because we are (typically) secondary consumers (and it is STILL better for the baby than formula, LOL).

Along the same lines, I am okay with the concept of someone else BFing my child if they are hungry and I'm not around, but for the reason above I would only be okay with it if the person was also vegan, or at least vegetarian . . .

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In reply to: Cmmelissa
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 3:45pm

I think Dee's argument's makes perfect sense:

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In reply to: Cmmelissa
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 3:38pm
oh dear....
I'm a big cheese eater, and the idea weirds me out too!!
Besides, I've tasted my breast milk, and although it was not bad (too light and sweet), I simply can't figure how that taste would transform into cheese.... yogurt maybe.
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Registered: 04-08-2008
In reply to: Cmmelissa
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 3:28pm

I would eat it - why not? It doesn't make logical sense that we eat cow's milk or goat's milk but we turn our nose up to the milk that is actually engineered for HUMANS. It is HUMAN milk and we are HUMAN. Cow's milk is for cows. Goat's milk is for goats. Yet for some reason we think that is better? Doesn't make sense.


Of course, I think we are the only animal that drinks milk after weaning anyway...aren't we? So I'm sure all the other animals think that's weird ;-)


Dee


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Registered: 09-08-2007
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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 2:43pm

Hahaah, I wouldn't eat someone else's breastmilk cheese, but I might try my own! I doubt I would eat a lot, though, since we're vegan it would probably not agree too well with us.

If I had a baby who was starting to eat food, though, it would be cool to be able to offer him cheese made from BM . . . or yogurt or ice cream or something . . . I have heard of people making "Momsicles" with frozen BM, so it's not THAT crazy of an idea.

The idea of eating someone else's weirds me out, but I wonder if I would feel differently if I usually ate cheese . . . idk!

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