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Breastfeeding Dads: New Hormone Kit ‘Makes Men Lactate.’

Dads could breastfeed

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By Al Ferguson

Al Ferguson is the CEO and founder of The Dadsnet.

Published on 25/10/2018

The kit comes complete with a pump and compression vest that goes over the chest – the ‘male equivalent of a maternity bra’

It’s always tricky when it comes to dads and breastfeeding with many dads feeling left out of the whole process. Of course, there are plenty of ways that dads can be involved on the peripheral but now a new invention claims to help enable dads to lactate, meaning that one day dads might be able to actually breastfeed their baby. 

This new phenomenon is being dubbed as ‘Chest Feeding.’ 

It would work by men taking hormones whilst their partner is pregnant to ‘grow milk ducts.’ However, Marie-Claire, the designer of the chest feeding kit, says that its side effects could see men growing “moobs”. Apparently this could be up to a B cup size. The side effects of taking female hormones is a condition known as gynecomastia

This is still in the concept phase but doctors have warned that it is unknown as to whether men can actually grow milk-ducts or what effects the hormone will have on their body. 

Marie-Claire hopes the kit will help fathers to feel more included when it comes to feeding their baby. She believes it could be available in 5 years time. 

What’s in the kit?

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Credit: Marie-Claire Springham

Within the kit is the hormone progestin, required for the man to take once-a-day from the moment he knows his partner is expecting. Progestin is a form of the female sex hormone progesterone which helps stimulate the production of milk glands. 

During the last 6 weeks of the pregnancy the man would then be required to take another hormone; domperidone, often prescribed to mums who struggle to breastfeed. This hormone stimulates another hormone; prolactin, which tells the body to produce milk. 

You will also receive a pump and a compression vest (the male equivalent of a maternity bra). 

In an interview, Marie-Claire told The Sun Online: “I was trying to create an empathy tool, something that could really help when a mum was struggling to breastfeed and could help a dad be of practical use.

“Those two drugs put together create three of the four hormones necessary for a man to product milk.

“The last one is oxytocin which is what triggers the ‘let down reflex’ and that’s naturally produce when a man or a woman holds their child.”

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The let down reflex she mentions, refers to the process of breasts letting milk flow down towards the nipple and into the baby’s mouth.

Usually, it’s triggered when the baby suckles the nipple, or even just hearing your baby cry.

“I developed the pump instead of it just being hormones and holding your baby to your chest because it works in the same way it would when a woman is struggling to lactate,” Marie-Claire said.

“Sometimes using a pump gets the ‘let down reflex’ going.

“The pump is the same thing, it’s just a little less intimidating.”

This isn’t a quick thing, though. She says that it will take the dad-to-be the full 9 months for the breast tissue to change and become ready. 

The ‘moob’ side effect will also fade away once the dad has stopped taking the hormone. 

Although the pump and the drugs are already available on the NHS, it’s unknown how much milk a man could produce. Or perhaps more importantly, if the milk produced would be as nutritious as mums. 

All we need are some guinea pigs for testing it out on? I already have the moobs so that side effect doesn’t worry me at all! Anyone else? 

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18 Comments

  1. Joe

    How does a man sign up to be the Guinea pig. I am interested in being the test subject just send me everything needed and i will be glad to be the first test subject.

    • Michael Burkett

      Id Love to become a test subject

    • Mark

      I would love to try and participate!

      • Eve

        What about the affect of the hormones on the actual baby?
        Women have to be very careful what they eat & what medications they have when they breast feed. Yet you’re happy to pump men full of artificial hormones that will inevitably pass through to the baby.
        You’ve lost your minds.

  2. Jake

    I am also willing to try it. Send me the needed equiptment

  3. Lisa

    When I was bf I was criticised for drinking coffee but here men are being encouraged to take hormones so they can ‘lactate’. What effect are synthetic hormones going to have on a baby? This is awful.

    • Garfield Carter

      Lisa I can’t lie, I’m bit offended you’re on dadsnet right now, this is supposed to be a safe haven for Dads (my way of escaping the wife ya know I can’t remember why I married her)

  4. John

    I would definitely be the Guinea pig for this..send me the kit and I’ll commit

  5. Annette

    As a lactation consultant, I would love to know if this worked for anyone.

  6. Mark Ronning

    I am willing to be a test subject. Sign me up I give you my full permission

  7. A dad

    I naturally lactate, doctor reckons it’s a prolactinoma though nothing too bad is happening so I’m letting it go, hormones are back to normal again. I’ve never had any drugs. I don’t have moobs either though they are a little bit bigger since lactating. My theory, how much room do salivary glands need to produce? Not much. How much do I lactate? Not much, stimulation sure does bring on more though and more size though the size is mostly acrosss the whole chest starting from around the shoulders and not focussed at the nips so it’s not very visible like moobs as the increase in volume is over a large area, my shirts get stretched. As a man, having the needles let down feeling at random times, and the peaceful bonding feeling, and hormones urging me want to grab a baby and feed it, that is weird.

  8. William

    I volunteer to be a tester (if possible). Just tell me what info ya need and ill happily give it to you.

  9. Cydney Brook

    These items will make the job of breastfeeding your baby much easier. Also included is a helpful book for new moms that contains information such as: the signs and symptoms of pregnancy, feeding your baby and the different stages of lactation. This book will help your new sibling to develop a positive outlook toward breastfeeding. https://rankdraft.com/

  10. Simon Redding

    Yes men can lactate. I did when I took hormones and domperidone. I grew breast tissue. The glans needed for milk production do not go away once you stop the hormones so beware if you don’t want permanent moobs.

  11. Patrick Bonetti

    Sure sign me up, I would like to help improve the science on male breast/Chest feeding. With todays life style where the majority of parents both need to work this could really help and bring the family closer together.

  12. Jeff Wilson

    Sign me up, I will be a volunteer.

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