The newest trend for men who want to bulk up? Breast milk for bodybuilders. These athletes claim it’s the perfect supplement for muscle building due to its abundance in protein, vitamins, and essential fats.
How do they get it?
Men are able to purchase human breast milk through online sharing programs. OnlyTheBreast.com is one online community of mothers who buy, sell, or donate their breast milk for various causes. The site even has a separate section for men who are interested in purchasing the so-called super food. With more than 200 classified ads, “Willing To Sell To Men” is the fourth most popular section on the website.
“I don’t believe in steroids or other energy supplements, none of that garbage,” told one man to New York Magazine . “I want natural stuff that’s God-given, and if it’s okay with moms looking to get rid of it, I’ll take it.”
Although men swear by its powers, health experts doubt the health benefits of breast milk.
“Breast milk is designed for babies,” explains Meghan Telpner, a nutritionist based in Toronto. “It’s packed with everything they need to grow in a form that allows their delicate digestive systems and permeable intestines to absorb those nutrients.”
The milk is dense in nutrients, namely vitamins A, C, D, E and K, riboflavin and niacin, along with long-chain fatty acids that are important to brain, retina and nervous system development. It is also high on fats and carbohydrates, which is what helps newborn babies double their weight within six months.
Despite those health benefits for babies, nutritionists dismiss it as just a myth for helping bodybuilders. Experts suggest alternatives that are high on protein and healthy fats, such as eggs, nuts, and fish.
Health officials are also concerned about the safety of purchasing and exchanging breast milk. When sharing milk in this manner, it is uncertain how hygienic and healthy these women are and under what conditions it was stored.