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(NSFW) Shouldn't vegans avoid breastfeeding if they want to be consistent?

Asked by GeorgeGee (4895 points ) October 31st, 2010

If vegans are supposed to eliminate all animal products from their diet, shouldn’t they avoid breastfeeding? And oral sex for that matter? Human milk, sperm and even saliva are certainly animal products.

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faye's avatar

Wow, you’ve made me smile, especially the oral sex, lol. And you may have stirred the proverbial hornet’s nest! I was vegan for a time but it was after I had breastfed.

Blondesjon's avatar

Great question!

i wish i had thought of it

DominicX's avatar

:facepalm:

FutureMemory's avatar

Is this a real question or an attempt at humor?

thekoukoureport's avatar

I would say that if you live a vegan lifestyle then your breastmilk would be pure… to a vegan. The same could be tried for the oral sex part but that just sounds like an excuse for not taking care of your man.

SuperMouse's avatar

I had a vegan friend who did not nurse her baby because she did not want the baby to have the milk. It never made any sense to me because if the mom is eating a vegan diet the baby is eating a vegan diet. So no, vegans do not have to avoid breastfeeding in order to be consistent. FYI, milk made of rice or almond or soy is still called milk, but it is consumed by vegans. As far as oral sex is concerned if the receiver has a vegan diet there again the giver is being consistent. An easy solution if the receiver is not being consistent would be to avoid ingesting the ejaculate.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@SuperMouse But isn’t the point to avoid consuming any animals or animal byproducts? Aren’t humans animals? Is human milk not an animal byproduct?

FutureMemory's avatar

avoid ingesting the ejaculate.

No fun :(

MissPoovey's avatar

This question is just too damn funny.
BTW if I made it, it’s good! If you made it, well…..

SuperMouse's avatar

@papayalily with apologies, I would not consider breast milk a by product of anything, it is the way a human mother nourishes her baby. The animal by-product argument is a straw man at best; the breast milk of a vegan mom is no more an animal by-product than a glass of almond milk.

GeorgeGee's avatar

Then I should imagine the same could be said about cow’s milk.

janbb's avatar

Okay – where’s Simone now to weigh in?

CMaz's avatar

Oral sex is more like candy (a treat) then “food”.

Leanne1986's avatar

I suppoends on why a person chooses to be Vegan. A lot of my friends are Vegan because they don’t agree with the way animals are treated in order to get the meat, milk etc that we consume. I’m sure these people wouldn’t worry about breastfeeding because they have chosen to supply that milk to another being.

DandyDear711's avatar

it is normal/natural for human babies to ingest human breast milk. What is not considered normal by many is the desire of humans to consume any milk products beyond weening. No other animals ingest milk after weening. If vegan mothers don’t breast feed, then they are kinda twisted in their reasons for being vegan.

The rest of the question – not touching – has nothing to do with being vegan.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@DandyDear711 No, not touching, but drinking ejaculate and saliva.

Plucky's avatar

As @DandyDear711 said. You said it perfectly and took my answer :P

DrasticDreamer's avatar

This is a humorous question, right?

dabbler's avatar

There is a HUGE difference between feeding yourself and others with the milk of a cow and a mother feeding a baby her own milk. The difference is choice and exploitation.
The cow has no choice in the matter and is properly considerred exploited in the arrangement.
A human mother has all the information she needs to make the decision to feed her baby her own breast milk.
@SuperMouse‘s example of a vegan mom who won’t feed her child from her own breasts doesn’t show clearly why she didn’t want to, but the point is she has the choice in the matter. (p.s. if you ask me mom’s an idiot in this case)
As far as sperm goes, again choice is the key. Presumably the man in that scenario has given consent.

If we could talk to the animals and knew that they were willingly giving their milk and meat to us that’s one thing (e.g. the cow in Douglas Adam’s ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, at the end of the universe…) but until we have that communication established there is a lot of evidence that factory-farmed meat and dairy is NOT something the animals would chose to give us.

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