Don't knock it until you try it!
Dr. Wendy Walsh: Before I tell you this funny story, know this: Breast milk is the perfect human food. It is manufactured specifically to match the nutritional needs of a Homo sapiens and its high-quality protein would be coveted by bodybuilders if ever it were on the market.
Here's what breast milk is not: a bodily waste product. Breast milk is not urine! Having said that, many grownups have an aversion to even the thought of drinking human breast milk, because they feel it carries unwanted bacteria. Well, guess what? The breast milk that comes from cows, goats and sheep has far more potential for harm before it is homogenized. Homogenized means "made fit for humans," and it is simply a process where animal milk is heated to a level that kills most of the live bacteria. If you heat any animal product -- meat, eggs, dairy -- to 165 degrees, you make it safe to consume.
Okay, now that we have the science straight, let's move on to my social faux pas. When my oldest daughter was a baby, I had a fridge full of breast milk. My vegetarian "babydaddy" had experienced great intestinal illness himself as an infant due to reactions to commercial baby formula, and would not allow even one ounce of cow product to enter our angel daughter's system. And yes, as an adult, he also liked to have the odd sip of human breast milk (usually from the source).
One night, while my brother was visiting from Canada with his girlfriend (both are parents), I was making my favorite rich mushroom risotto, something I like to finish with a little fresh cream. I asked my partner to pass me some cream from the fridge. With a devilish smirk on his face, he dumped a four-ounce bottle of breast milk into my steaming pot, faster than I could open my mouth. The worst part was that my guests had seen this, too. So I couldn't lie about it.
We all laughed for a few minutes, and I asked my brother and his guest what we should do with the pot of risotto. My brother -- ever the practical one, and also quite hungry at the time -- assured me that the temperature of the pot made the milk sufficiently homogenized and that he, for one, was ready to eat dinner. His girlfriend agreed, and we all had a lovely meal. Upon her return to Canada, our lady guest included in her thank-you note a wish for my amazing risotto recipe -- although, she noted, it's sad that she'd have such a hard time finding all the ingredients.
|Dr. Wendy Walsh holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and her area of interest is Attachment Theory -- a psychological, evolutionary and ethological theory that provides a descriptive and explanatory framework for understanding interpersonal relationships between human beings. As a psychological assistant registered with the California Board of Psychology, Dr. Walsh has treated individuals, couples and families for a variety of mental-health concerns, including personality disorders, anger management, eating and substance disorders and depression. Connect with Dr. Walsh on Facebook.|