Jodi - posted on 10/13/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )
This article highlights men lactating in a very basic manner and I find it very interesting!
It has been proven time and time again thrughout history that men can lactate under the proper circumstances or when given the proper hormones (prolactin mainly), so that is not the debate issue here.
What I am wondering is how you feel about men lactating in general, how would you feel seeing a man nurse his child in public vs. a woman? How would you feel if your man decided HE wanted to take prolactin injections in order to breastfeed your child?
Personally, while I find it incredibly fascinating that men can lactate, and I would like to think I would be supportive of my husband if he decided to nurse our child, I would be uncomfortable with it as my body is meant to lactate right away, not under "special circumstances". If I saw a man nursing in public, I would probably have to ask him a million questions and still find it awkward I think! I'm really not sure what to think of men breastfeeding! On the one hand, I think it's great for a gay couple (but I think I would find it more acceptable to choose formula instead), or in a situation where the wife dies (but again, I'm not sure I wouldn't expect/want him to choose formula instead) and obviously if there was absolutely no other way to feed the child, but for non-emergency reasons, it weirds me out and I'm not quite sure why.