Monday, January 5, 2009

Solve Our Debate

*I just want to warn you that the following is a very silly discussion, and although we had said discussion, I do in fact realize it is really of no importance. Sure, some bloggers are making a world-wide impact or blogging about life's tough issues, or the economy, but here on Country Mouse, I like to focus on the issues that just...don't really matter*

The other night, when Matt and I went out to drown our house sorrows in salsa, an interesting question came up. We happened to be seated at a table right across from a couple with an adorable baby boy. SOMEHOW the issue of breast-feeding came up yet again(after they left), some of you may remember the last time this happened and things went downhill very quickly.

Matthew insisted that both mommies and daddies (if they choose to breastfeed their child) will, at one point or another, taste the breast milk, not for the sake of testing the temperature, but to know what it tastes like. I, on the other hand, disagree. I have babysat for babies still on a bottle. I am perfectly happy to test the milk on my wrist, but I honestly don't believe that I would EVER EVER EVER have the desire to taste said milk, even if it were my own. I know, I don't have children, so maybe I cannot fully explain. I think it is an incredible thing that at some point, a child will receive sustenance from my boobs. The thought of either of us actually trying said sustenance though, kind of makes me what to gag.

Which is probably just reason 142 that I am not quite ready for babies. I know.

I am all about natural, Matt and I are borderline hippies on some points. I (my personal opinion here) think that the human body is an incredible thing. Don't get me wrong, medicine has made amazing advances, but I prefer to try natural first. We are Fertility Awareness Method fans when it comes to birth control (if you don't know what this is, read this), I really prefer this to hormonal anything.

But anyway...I digress.

We adamantly disagreed with the others opinion, 'til the point that we actually started calling family members who have breastfed to see if they or their partner had tried breast milk.

My mom...no.
My dad...no.
Matt was too embarrassed to ask his parents, I offered to call and ask but he refused.

I have no filter...I'm working on it. But then you probably already knew that.

We also asked my pregnant sister and her husband Brandon, who happened to be in birthing class at the time. Brandon, who has a son, said he tried it when he was a baby. I think he misunderstood the question. Of course BABIES try it. Emily said she has no plans of trying it.

I tried to google this topic, but I kept ending up on naughty pages which kind of grossed me out. And by kind of, I mean a WHOLE LOT. Ew.

I DID however, find breast milk for sale...on the internet. Are you freakin' kidding me? Apparently it's a booming trade...it runs about $2 an ounce. This probably still isn't as bad as the last time when I found Human Breast Milk Cheese online. Ew again.

Again...I digress. Matt and I were completely unable to solve the issue on our own, and the internet is really no help. I mean, any crazy country girl from Pennsylvania can make a website, so reputable information is hard to come by.

So I turn to you wise readers, do you think that the majority of parents try breast milk?

Remember, we are talking about trying it for the sake of trying it, not to test temperature.

Tomorrow...I promise I will not even MENTION anything relating to breast milk or babies. I can't help it, almost everyone I know is pregnant and they are telling me things I never knew about pregnancy and childbirth. It is interesting, but it does get me thinking about things like this....

18 comments:

  1. Interesting question. I should forward this to my cousin who just had a baby last month! ;-)
    I don't think I would (I'm a really picky eater, LOL!) I also don't think many parents do. That would be my guess!

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  2. Bekah, Believe you me, my husband and I both have not tried any of the breast milk that squirted, streamed, soaked, leaked, drained out of my two working teats throughout my 5 months of milking. While my husband always joked about always having creamer on hand for his coffee, well, I always kept that non-dairy creamer on hand instead. In fact having a taste test to see if it was anything near to being similiar to 2% or skim never crossed my mind. All I know is that certain foods I ate affected my suckling in one way or another. Okay, well too much info here, but your post just cracked me up and had to inform you prebaby bearers.

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  3. oh you ladies crack me up! CREAMER?! Oh my word!

    and pony girl...you and me both!

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  4. The MAJORITY of parents have tried it? Um...no. My thought is definitely not the majority. I know I didn't, nor did my husband, and I know that we never even gave each other a "Hmmm...I wonder..." look about it when the supply of such a thing around here was readily available. The idea makes me shiver!

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  5. Jeff and I have these kinds of off the wall conversations all the time. We've actually had this one. He wants to try it but I really don't. I think he just likes the idea of sucking on my boobie!! LOL!!! I'm sure if we had kids, he'd get jealous off all the time the kid would have on me.

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  6. I can't say I've thought about it, but I think it's more of a guy thing, since they tend to think that arena is for their awareness. Of course, think about those reality shows where people eat freaky stuff...that seems stranger to me...yet there are times when it doesn't make me blink. I'm probably no help with this...but I do like what it makes one realize...that the timing isn't quite right yet, and that's probably the answer we're always looking for. No matter what, I wouldn't worry about it (says the childfree chick who has caretaken lots of little chicklets) because much stranger things will happen along the way. :o)

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  7. Nope, never tried it, and never thought of trying it either. It does seem to be a subject men like to talk about:)

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  8. Breastfeeding in public is no big deal over here in Sweden... it's just a natural way of life... I can imagine that many mums and dads have tried it. Heck - my neighbour had four kids and she was constantly shooting out breast milk at my kids in fun - or into their mouths so they could try it (from a distance)... My kids were pure bottle babies so they were very curious...

    What constantly surprises me about the US is that boobs are forbidden in public places, but guns are OK... Can you please explain this one to me on your blog?

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  9. I'm with you on this one Bekah. I don't have kids but have bottle fed a bunch. I never had the urge to taste test the milk. I don't think many do.

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  10. I don't think I'd even consider trying it. Although I am sure there are curious guys out there. Wasn't this in a movie or something? I can't remember the movie but I remember seeing it somewhere! Gross!

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  11. I am unable to speak for other people, but I have not tried breast milk and my husband has never tried breast milk. It never even occurred to me.

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  12. Well as I was just reading a book yesterday that played through this very scene I can tell you that I was shocked to find this playing out on the net today. And as I am a crazy country girl from PA....I'm just not clear on whether my opinion on such matters as 'breast fluid' really count.

    On the other hand...FAM is used w/success by many couples in my book group at church. Although....what they call a success and what I would call a success is vastly different. As all of them have children and a couple of them seem to be preggers all the time.

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  13. I am guessing no. Or maybe hoping.

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  14. lol You crack me up. Yes, I wouldn't suggest trying to Google it. The internet contains scary things!

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  15. I breastfed and neither my husband or myself tried it, its kinda wierd looking.

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  16. where was my phone call...i have been nursing for the part 4 years straight...hellllooooooo



    ;)

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  17. Hahah-this is too funny! It's like the scene in the Ben Stiller movie where he finds out the milk in the fridge was breast milk. Blech! I don't have kids, but there is no way in hell I would even think of doing this, and I would probably flip out if my husband even joked about it!

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  18. Lady Fi, Ill try to do so at some point...but ill have to ponder it first.

    my first thought is honestly that America is still, despite many advances over the years, a very sexist country. Men will tell you it isnt, and it certainly isnt all men, but I think any woman will tell you she feels it here.

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