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Strange Things You Didn't Know About Male Lactation

As the human race inches closer to the singularity and the idea of gender fluidity saturates our culture, male breastfeeding has become an increasingly interesting concept. While the notion that breastfeeding wouldn’t be an issue if men were doing it, the question remains, can men breastfeed? As you’ll see on this list of male lactation facts – yes and no. While some men can lactate with some simple nipple stimulation, it’s impossible for other guys to get their milk motors running. Confused? You won't be after reading these facts about male lactation.

If you’re asking, “What is male lactation?” you’re not in the minority. Nipple discharge is a scientifically hazy area, and there are many reasons why men may experience discharge from their nipples. After you read this list of man nipples facts, you’ll be so pumped that you just might try to make yourself lactate, and we applaud you for that. Can men lactate as well as women? Keep reading to find out.

  • In a Pinch, Men Can Breastfeed

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    One story about male lactation comes from Sri Lanka, where a widower, Mr. B Wijeratne, began breastfeeding his oldest daughter after his wife died during childbirth. The dutiful daddy told a Sinhalese newspaper, "My child would reject the powdered milk I tried feeding through a bottle. Unable to see her cry I offered my breast. That's when I discovered that I could breastfeed her."

  • Dayak Fruit Bat Lactate Spontaneously

    If you're ever hanging out around a group of Dayak fruit bats, remember to wear goggles, because things might get messy. In 1992, Boston University performed tests on 13 male bats and discovered that not only did they have functioning nipples, but that they just kind of leaked all over the place. You're welcome for that visual. 

  • Steroids Can Make You Lactate

    Everyone knows steroids are bad for you. Sure, they make you look like a balloon animal version of the Macho Man, but is that something we should be striving for? Also, some of them allegedly make men leak milk out of their nipples. One poster on a message board for anabolic steroid users who noticed that he was lactating after his friend grabbed his nipples (worst friend ever?) isn't sure what combination of drugs he took to cause the lactation, but he knows he needs to switch it up.

    "I squeezed my nipple and what looked like a bit of dried white material came out (like the amount in a normal face zit) Then when I squeezed a little harder, a small amount of fluid came out of my nipples," he wrote.

  • Moses Was All About That Male Lactation Life

    Everyone please open your Bibles to Numbers 11:12 and read along. "Have I begotten them, that you should say to me, Carry them in your bosom, as a nursing father bears the sucking child … ?"

    In this verse, Moses is talking to God about being in charge of all the slaves he freed, and it sounds like male lactation might have been a thing in the Old Testament.