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Mar 9, 2010 10:34 AM

Breast Milk Cheese

Today's article in the NY Post...

I found this to be really gross. I'm all for breast feeding anywhere etc. but this was just a bit too weird for my taste. literally!

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  1. Absolutely disgusting. When did women become dairy cows? Human breast milk is for human INFANTS. I think even Anthony Bourdain would be repulsed by this idea.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      I just have this image in my mind of little farm sheds like the ones they keep the cows in filled with women and pumping contraptions attached to them.

    2. I've been to Klee and now I doubt I'll ever go back. This man is a bit out there. Human breast milk is for the infant child of the woman who is producing the milk. It's a symbiotic relationship. To ingest the milk of a woman who is not your mother is akin to cannibalism in my book. It's taboo and just should not be.

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      1. re: ttoommyy

        In some cultures and long ago wet nurses are/were the norm. I agree it's meant for a baby, not for a grown adult.

        1. re: ttoommyy

          <Human breast milk is for the infant child of the woman who is producing the milk.>

          And cow's milk is for infant cows, no? I agree that the idea of breast milk cheese is icky. But that's my cultural bias. It's not based on logic.

          1. re: small h

            What about anything we eat is logical? Not much really.

            We eat cows, therefore it makes (illogical, I admit) sense that we drink cow's milk and eat cheese made from cow's milk. lol :)

          2. re: ttoommyy

            How in the world is it akin to cannibalism? Regardless of who is drinking/eating human milk, it's a nourishing food source. Cannibalism is the eating of human flesh.

            I'm more revolted by people's illogical disdain for breast milk than breast milk cheese. It's not like we're talking about a shit creme brulee here.

            1. re: isadorasmama

              The cannibalism part was a bit of a joke. But I used the word "akin" which means similar to, not the same as. I stated that it is taboo for adults to be partaking of a woman's breast milk; it is just not something society accepts as normal behavior.

          3. I'm a big supporter of breast feeding--as I breast-fed all three of my kids when they were babies. However, the only cheese I want to put into my body is the cheese that comes from the milk of four-legged animals.
            I (b)rest my case!

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            1. re: jarona

              That is, from their breasts, or rather, their teats.

              Yes, of course this a publicity stunt. (I don't think cat milk is suitable for cheese either) but isn't there also something nice of reminding people that we are all mammals too? Not just women - men have vestigal nipples, as does my tomcat.

              I'm not a vegetarian, and certainly not a vegan, but I dislike the idea that human beings are somehow of a different order than our fellow mammals. We have more reasoning ability and opposable thumbs, but we are more similar than different. And that is good.

            2. Oh dear God. The sidebar video that uploaded with this thread is "CHOW Tip: How to Make Nut Milk". I guess it would make a companion cheese to breast milk.

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              1. From a scientific perspective, human milk is not suitable for cheesemaking- which is why he has to add cow's milk.

                Yes, it's weird, but no weirder than drinking milk from cows or goats or sheep- maybe even less weird, anthropologically speaking.

                But he didn't really make human milk cheese. He added human milk to cow's milk to make cheese. What he did make is a publicity stunt.

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                1. re: cheesemonger

                  What I want to know before I give it a thought is whether she's grass-fed - and if she takes rBGH (or loves garlic), it's definitely not happening. :)