This week, 40-year-old Brody – star of The Hills and son of Caitlyn Jenner – revealed he’d decided to pop his partner’s breast milk into a hot cup of Joe, and said he was thrilled with the results.
Brody explained he made himself, and pro surfer Tia Blanco, two lattes using her breast milk after the couple ran out of almond milk. How resourceful.
The doting dad said in a YouTube video: ‘I’ve heard great things about breast milk. I hear it’s very nutritious. I hear it’s very delicious. I think it will do.’ Tia then added: ‘That would be really good for you.’
While Brody insisted that it was ‘freaking delicious’, his claims that breast milk is great for adults might not be so accurate.
Nutritional Therapist Cara Shaw told Metro.co.uk that yes, breast milk does contain valuable nutrients – but they’re for babies.
She says: ‘Colostrum, the initial milk produced by the mother in the first few days is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’, due to its rich abundance of antibodies, immunoglobulins, growth factors, vitamins and minerals.
‘Generally, breast milk is heavily colonised with bifidobacterium and lactobacillus species, making it a natural source of probiotics. Additionally, it contains prebiotic oligosaccharides.
‘Both probiotic and prebiotics work to support both gut and immune function.
‘It provides the perfect proportions of vitamins, minerals and macronutrients such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates.’
But, as Cara points out, this is all intended for the growth and development of infants.
‘The nutrients in breastmilk, along with the pro and prebiotic properties, can help to reduce the risk of atopic conditions like eczema and asthma.
‘Some research also suggests positive links between breastfeeding and improved cognition as well as social and emotional development in children.
‘Yes it contains valuable nutrients, such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, but these nutrients are designed to support the rapid growth and development of a baby, not the nutritional needs of adults,’ she says.
‘There may be no harm in trying breast milk but I wouldn’t recommend it as a must-have superfood for adults. Its designed for infant needs.’
If you’re still adamant you’d like to try some breast milk, Cara warns to proceed with caution. ‘If you are considering drinking breast milk from another person, it is crucial to obtain it from a trusted and healthy source,’ she says. ‘Ideally, the donor should undergo screening for infectious diseases, similar to the screening process for donated blood or organs.’
She also adds that, there’s no much point going to the trouble: ‘There’s no harm in it. But there are other foods out there that may be better suited for your needs.’
The good news is, if you are in the market for a super-charged, nutritious beverage, there are options out there.
‘Bone broth is my go-to,’ she says. ‘It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids like glutamine to help strengthen the gut lining.
‘If you’re looking for a nutrient powerhouse in a cup, boil some meat bones for four to six hours and enjoy plenty of gut-loving nutrients to support your immunity this winter.
‘Alternatively, if you’re steering clear of animal products, opt for diluting functional mushroom powder into your smoothie or hot coca. I use a tsp of DIRTEA Reishi, which has a whole host of antioxidants and anti-ageing properties.’
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