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Posted 4/8/17

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Are we talking like women with udders instead of tits or something? That imo would be a funny sight xD

And we have grown human ears on lab mice I think. I'm not going to try and cite a source though.

How much can a woman produce from her breasts though? I can't imagine a lot since one typically only needs to feed one at a time. And we know that size doesn't guarantee more production.

The idea that other people's milk going down our gullet instead of another animal's or even a plant bothering people just doesn't make sense to me.


Well, what produces milk is the mammary gland, so all mammals have them, so i would think its slightly different than just organ grafting. I mean we have given a fish air breathing lungs, but it didn't survive more than a few hours, so we can do some pretty crazy things with organs, but the thing about this is that we would want cow mammary gland to produce milk that a human mammary glands make. I am unsure what actually factors into the type of milk produced, but that is what would need to be looked into since cows are not missing the organ, but simply produce an entirely different type of breast milk. Because i mean that is what we are drinking, processed cow breast milk. That's why I would think it would simply be easier to engineer females to produce breast milk at the same rate of a cow, the factor you are trying to change is simply quantity instead of trying to change the actual type of fluid produced from the gland.

As for how much a woman can produce it depends person to person. Like i said in my post, females in my family don't produce much or for very long, but that is not the case for all females. And if someone wanted to commit to selling her milk, and given she produces well, she would just have to keep on doing it without faltering much and her body should keep producing for a good while. I don't think its something that can really be answered without some intensive study, but that would be difficult and may lean on the side of immoral since the only way to fully put an average number on breast milk production would be to gather a sample size of pregnant women who like JUST had their children (i don't think number of children would matter unless they wanted to do a more through study) and then milk them on a fixed interval basis like every 4 hours and record how much milk they produce.
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Posted 4/8/17
I can't decide whether I should be weirded out or not. You're quite the eccentric one, aren't you?
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Posted 4/9/17
You can, I don't recomend it, but you can. The ethics are also different. We seperate the calf from it's mother so we can feed it a special diet. If you don't milk a cow it will die and that milk has to go somewhere. Also Drinking human milk is kind of like canabalism.
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um? It's not cannibalism..... like at all. I mean humans should technically only drink human breast milk as infants, but somewhere along the way we discovered how to extort cows and goats to get a constant supply of their milk off them, and then we learned to feed them certain things to change the content of the milk to make it better suited to our tastes. But technically if we didn't I'm not against what we do since it is rather smart, but what we do isn't exactly natural.

And you got it slightly wrong. A Dairy cow will only start producing milk after getting pregnant, and the first milk goes to the calf because it it meant solely for the calf (the content of the milk is different from simple lactation). From there they are separated and the dairy cow is regularly milked to ensure that she keeps lactating and producing. All mammals work this way, even humans. As I have stated multiple times if a woman chooses to do so she could regularly milk herself even after her child no longer needs her milk and continue to produce for a long while after. Eventually she will dry up, and this happens to dairy cows to. For the cows we simply inseminate the cow again so that they have another calf. What we look for in milk is a certain level of butterfat in the milk, so when that number starts to drop the cow is "dried up" and will have to have another child to boost the level back up. But impregnating cows and even milking them over and over again is stressful to them, so there is usually a rotation cycle of some sort on dairy farms. But in short, we milk them everyday or at least regularly because we want them to continue producing milk. And even in humans, if you don't feed your kid of milk yourself your breasts can become uncomfortable from having produced an amount of milk at the ready.

The industry is built on a constant cycle of getting the dairy cow pregnant, selling male calf off to be veal or steers, and raising the female calf into dairy cows. Cows were not just like, there in the wild, constantly producing milk. We had to start raising them and figure out how to make this constant cycle. If anything Dairy farms are less ethical than women willingly selling off their breast milk of their own accord. There would just have to be regulations in place to make sure that if they have a child it is not getting shorted and regulations to make sure that women are not just like constantly getting pregnant and putting kids up for adoption just to sell milk.

Here is a reddit thread with a bit of info. As it is reddit take it with a grain of salt, but it basically sums it up to cows are mammals just like humans and produce milk under the same circumstances.

https://www.reddit.com/r/DebunkThis/comments/24rxb1/debunk_this_cows_must_continuously_get_pregnant/
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Posted 4/9/17
hilary swank is selling her breast milk in family guy
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Posted 4/13/17
I would hate to be the female having to pump all that milk out. That shit hurts.
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Posted 4/13/17
Well i'm lactose intolerant so any kind of milk is shit for me
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I was thinking perhaps as a prescription for Mother that unable produce breast milk for her baby? Reason for Prescription because it'll have to be 100% clean, clear of any kind of disease. -shrugs-

Isn't that dangerous to buy untested Breast milk for baby that need them?
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Posted 4/13/17

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I was thinking perhaps as a prescription for Mother that unable produce breast milk for her baby? Reason for Prescription because it'll have to be 100% clean, clear of any kind of disease. -shrugs-

Isn't that dangerous to buy untested Breast milk for baby that need them?


Well the purpose of breast milk is to help the baby gain immunity to disease through passing of antibodies, so cleaning it would be kind of counter productive...... Like you would screen a potential milk giver beforehand to see if their milk is diseased, and if it isn't then everything is cool. If they fail they can sell or give milk. But cleaning the milk for baby consumption is against the point. You just need to be careful if the person giving milk is positive or negative for blood type and to make sure its the same as the baby.
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Posted 4/13/17

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JanusCascade wrote:

I was thinking perhaps as a prescription for Mother that unable produce breast milk for her baby? Reason for Prescription because it'll have to be 100% clean, clear of any kind of disease. -shrugs-

Isn't that dangerous to buy untested Breast milk for baby that need them?


Well the purpose of breast milk is to help the baby gain immunity to disease through passing of antibodies, so cleaning it would be kind of counter productive...... Like you would screen a potential milk giver beforehand to see if their milk is diseased, and if it isn't then everything is cool. If they fail they can sell or give milk. But cleaning the milk for baby consumption is against the point. You just need to be careful if the person giving milk is positive or negative for blood type and to make sure its the same as the baby.


I don't mean cleaning, I meant to test make sure the person who giving Breast milk isn't on drugs or have aids etc. The testing is just to make sure the breast milk is healthy.

There won't be cleaning it'll be thrown away.
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Posted 4/13/17
Yeah I'm picturing all these farms filled with nude women acting like cows 24/7 and being milked, ready for the product to go out to stores. I'd like to visit said farms.
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Posted 4/14/17
Many many reasons. I'll give just 1. Regulation.

For some reason or another, people are super untrustworthy of food. (and in 'Murica, I don't blame them with all of our "shortcut shit") So if there isn't some kind of stupid regulation to "make sure it's safe", no supermarket will ever dare touch that stuff.

You can still buy human breast milk though. On a person to person sale like Craigslist, out of sight of stupid regulation. Plenty sell it too, since mothers seem to always produce more then they ever need. However, with said lack of regulation, make sure you find out what kind of person the new mother is. If she eats mchorseshit, drinks peepsi, and smokes a pack a day, please do the common sense thing and laugh at h... I mean, just don't buy it. On the other hand, don't be too trustworthy of super health paranoid hippy vegans that look like twigs. Or tweekers. Check the baby too, if the baby don't look healthy ether, then I'd stay away.

I would say this is all common sense stuff, but... I learned this from a friend with soon to be 4 children.
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Posted 4/14/17
I pondered this question very, very seriously when I was nine and learned about the "facts of life". I was pretty clueless about that stuff then, and never really thought about it. Too busy with Legos and video games.
Posted 4/15/17
Its not sold cause it probably tastes like shit.
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Posted 4/15/17
If it ever did happen, I have a feeling that quite a few people would become more interested in dairy farming than ever before.
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