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Would you eat ice cream made of human milk?

Asked by Taciturnu (6018 points ) March 2nd, 2011

It would seem logically more natural than looking to other mammals for their milk, but I don’t think I could go there.

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Summum's avatar

I would ask why not. By the time it becomes Ice Cream it has been processed and all the good ingrediants have been destroyed in it.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I really don’t see what the problem is, so long as the women are medically tested. Besides, you can have diseases from cows anyway… the whole “mad cow” scare. I figure, as long as the milk donors are strenuously tested for disease, malnutrition or any other health issues, it’s perfectly fine.

Taciturnu's avatar

@Summum Forgive me… Are you asking why I wouldn’t try it?

Cruiser's avatar

Doesn’t sound appealing to me and the story link is all the more reason to not want to eat that!

Jude's avatar

Ugh. I couldn’t do it. The thought of it makes my stomach turn.

Summum's avatar

@Taciturnu I would ask anyone why not? Again they would not make Ice Cream with out processing the milk. If you as an individual made it from raw material then No I would not eat it.

Taciturnu's avatar

@Summum Makes sense. Fortunately, I don’t consume dairy so I don’t really have to speculate whether I would or not. :) I think I would be concerned with what the lactating woman consumed regularly. Perhaps if I knew the person, it wouldn’t be as much of a concern, though socially it could get awkward…

Nullo's avatar

No. Too personal.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Swapping body fluids with other people would be my main concern.

erichw1504's avatar

You know what?....... No.

Taciturnu's avatar

@Nullo I hear ya, though I have to play Devil’s Advocate and say wouldn’t it be less personal if you didn’t know the donor?

@Adirondackwannabe It was stated they went through testing… Hi, by the way. :)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Taciturnu Hi there. They can test all they want but they can miss one or two and that’s all it would take to infect someone else. With cow’s milk the infections are usually from bacteria contamination in the processing of the food. I’m more concerned with viruses.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

To add to my previous comment- aside from the health aspect, there is the valid concern of food allergies. What if you’re allergic to nuts, but you unknowingly buy some icecream made with the milk of a woman who eats peanuts? What if you’re allergic to shellfish but your donor has been eating shrimp?

There are LOTS of things to take into consideration when consuming the milk from an unknown woman.

Because of the hospital’s goof that caused my breastmilk to dry up too soon with our first daughter, we gave the baby the breastmilk of a friend who was still lactating. We actually asked her about her diet and supplements before taking the milk, though.

Austinlad's avatar

We don’t think twice about the milk in ice cream that comes from cows—so what’s the difference if it’s human milk if it’s processed to the same, presumably rigid standards?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Good point on the allergy thing.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Thank you sir. I’m all FOR breastmilk; I think it’s fabulous! But food allergies can be a dangerous thing…

flutherother's avatar

No thanks, it is not for me and it has now been withdrawn from sale

picante's avatar

I’m a cow-ard. Human milk ice cream is an “udderly silly” (and dangerous) notion.

wilma's avatar

I’m all for breastfeeding, but this sounds quite ridiculous to me.
What a waste of good breast milk. Those women might better be donating to a milk bank than using valuable human milk for ice cream.
@WillWorkForChocolate has a good point with the allergies too.
Breast milk is for human children. With an occasional taste for a lover.

12Oaks's avatar

Gross!

Nullo's avatar

@Taciturnu No, it’s still too personal. My policy is to restrict my food sources to species other than my own.

Bellatrix's avatar

No. I would have to pass on that. Just sounds icky.

babybadger's avatar

I don’t think so. Sounds very awkward and just weird….I agree with @wilma . That milk could make an orphan baby in a poor nation strong, perhaps enough for him to live longer than if he hadn’t had the milk. Ice cream doesn’t override that in any situation.

babybadger's avatar

And really, who would in their right minds donate the milk? ahaa.

ucme's avatar

Yeah why not? I missed out on being breast fed, so I figure i’d just be playing catch up :¬)

Coloma's avatar

I nominate this for question of the day! lol

And no, no thank you.

Coloma's avatar

Hey, I won’t eat it but I’ll advertise it!

” Mothers best’ pure, extra creamy, hand pumped ice cream. lololol

Taciturnu's avatar

Sounds like a great slogan, @Coloma!! :)

chocolatechip's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe “Swapping body fluids with other people would be my main concern.”

Is that worse than swapping body fluids with other animals?

Also, unless the milk doner is eating YOUR ice cream, it wouldn’t exactly be swapping.

Summum's avatar

I wouldn’t really eat it but I volunteer to extract the milk… Grin

lemming's avatar

Hooking mothers up to pumps like cows really doesn’t appeal to me and would hope that’s not the way the world is going :(

Summum's avatar

Hey I was only kidding. LOL

lemming's avatar

@Summum that wasn’t aimed at anyone.

Summum's avatar

Whew glad I was being aimed at I would have gotten wet. LOL Got Milk?

Ladymia69's avatar

What the hell is so weird about drinking breast milk that comes from a woman who is tested for diseases (after all, we all drank it as children), when we drink the milk from an animal who uses it to feed their babies every damn day (considering a lot of the animals who give us the milk are diseased)? A lot of this alleged repulsion is just ridiculous and hypocritical.

Not that I am advocating breast milk ice cream, but come on….think about the milk…FROM AN ANIMAL… we think is okay to drink because someone else says it is….?!

Ladymia69's avatar

Hey, it could be lucrative for the women. They could pay us good money for our milk. Those of us who aren’t pregnant could get pumped full of hormones so that our bodies would think we are constantly breastfeeding, just like they do to cows.

Bellatrix's avatar

Coincidently, I had a conversation with my daughter yesterday about breast milk being used to make ice cream and cheese. I think I would try it. Can’t see it becoming a favourite food but we drink the milk of other species, so why not!

Ladymia69's avatar

@Bellatrix If you try it, I’ll try it. :)

Bellatrix's avatar

You are on! I’ll try anything once.

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