Man can not live on bread alone. Breast milk, maybe. A blogger named Curtis is going to find out, as he embarks on a diet consisting only of his wife's breast milk.
"Much more hungry yesterday, 104 ounces consumed, roughly 3120 calories," he writes on his blog Don't Have a Cow Curtis, where he and his wife, Kate, are tracking his daily diet. (Update: Curtis's site has been taken down.) Curtis came up with the unique meal plan after the birth of his child nine months ago left his wife with an excess of frozen breast milk. They tried donating their stock but milk-bank regulations and shipping fees prevented it. Besides, Curtis actually likes breast milk.
"I see nothing disgusting or wrong with drinking my own species milk (especially that of my wife), it is nothing more than a healthy meal," he writes. He also says it's a handy digestive aid and is much easier on his stomach than cow's milk. But how does it taste?
"Sometimes bitter, which I have become accustomed to, sometimes very sweet," he explains. "The milk also in some cases has a chalky precipitate that settled out during thawing, which we are not sure if it is just a natural occurrence or if it can be attributed to 'freezer burn'."
At 6'4" and 185 pounds, Curtis figures he's got to drink about 66 ounces of his wife's milk to get the 2,000 calories a day he needs to stay nourished and maintain his weight. By day three, he's started to get mildly hungry and a touch gassy ("luckily it isn't too rank," he writes). If you're curious about his bowel movements, so is he. We'll probably find out come day five. In the meantime, he's just kicking back the cold ones and loving it.
"I am really enjoying the milk now and am always surprised how each glass tastes different," writes Curtis on day three.
Not everyone is loving this family's waste management program. "Truly asinine," is how Yale Prevention Center's Dr. David Katz describes the diet to ABC News. "There is no basis in all of nature to infer that it is optimal food for adult mammals of any species."
Other advocates for breast milk donations are upset that the couple isn't working harder to find a way to share their stock with needy kids. But Curtis and Kate's project might actually do a lot of good for the cause. Already, the attention they've gotten has raised awareness about milk bank donations. And Kate, who plans on breastfeeding not just her husband but her baby daughter until she self-weens, is fielding emails from readers in need of donations.
"We do wish the milk could go to someone who values the hard work and love that went into pumping this milk," she writes. "We want the milk to go to someone who truly wants and needs the milk and not someone who is just going to waste it."
For now, that someone is Curtis. Loving husband. Doting dad. Breast milk junkie.
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