Male lactation doctors have been making a big deal out of male breast milk for decades.
Now a study in the Journal of Medical Virology shows that they might be right.
But the science isn’t settled yet.
Read moreAbout the study:”The authors found that the use of male lactation as a biomarker of male infant growth, or maturation, is more predictive of the outcomes of male infants than use of female milk as a surrogate biomarker,” says Dr. David R. Cote, MD, of New York University School of Medicine.
Cote and his colleagues analyzed data from over 2,000 male infants, and found that use of lactation for at least two years was significantly associated with higher maturation rates, and that the risk of adverse outcomes was lower in the group that used male milk as their primary milk source.
They also found that these benefits were even more pronounced in the presence of maternal breast milk or a donor milk supply.
For more about the research, read the article.
In other words, men who have a history of using male milk to grow their babies may be less prone to breast cancer and premature death than women.
That may mean a better chance of preventing premature birth or death in infants, says Cote.