Mothers are now selling their breast milk, and making thousands of dollars doing so. Their main consumers are bodybuilders. Disgusting as this may sound, Bodybuilders are claiming that breast milk helps build muscle mass more than any other food would. It is full fat and raw, which makes it really beneficial and a lot of bodybuilders advocate for it. In fact the reviews on body building forums have only positive things to say about drinking breast milk. Breast milk averages about $1 per ounce online — that comes to about $8 for a glass of milk.
But is it really beneficial and should we drink it? What is in it exactly anyway?
For babies at least Breast milk is like an elixir. As the baby’s needs and requirements change, the breast milk will adapt to serve it. For instance, if a baby is sick, the mother’s milk automatically produces white blood cells or leukocytes that help fight the disease and infection.
Breast Milk has abundant protein for growth. This high level of protein called insulin-like growth factor (IGF) that appeals bodybuilders the most. IGF grows muscles and helps tissues repair more quickly, shortening recovery time.
Studies show that IGF levels are highest in colostrum — the milk produced during the first few days after birth. In comparison, an 8-ounce glass of cow’s milk provides 8 grams of protein which is much higher than breast milk
According to the USDA National Nutrition Database, an 8-ounce glass of breast milk provides:
- 172 calories
- 2.5 grams of protein
- 10 grams of fat
- 16 grams of carbs
- Breast milk is 87% water, 7% lactose (milk sugar), 3.8% fat, and 1% protein.
A bodybuilder needs .8 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. So a person weighing 225 pounds will need between 180 and 200 grams of protein a day
Hence drinking cow’s milk is a much better nutrient bang for your buck, and will give you over three times the protein than drinking breast milk.