People are freaking out over a new mom's viral prank because adults drinking breast milk is just too much for the internet to handle. When Charlotte Adams, a 28-year-old in England, woke up in the morning, the first thing she decided to do was trick her partner, Robert, into drinking her breast milk.
Charlotte said she had been having a hard time getting her newborn, Ivy, to take the bottle, so the mom had been expressing loads of milk. (We feel you, Mama! Mom.me blogger Lorraine Ladish also had to relieve her milk buildup and straight up begged her husband to drink her breast milk.) In the meantime, the new mom and sales manager decided to have a little fun with her problem, something she had been wanting to do "for a really, really long time."
Along with Robert's morning breakfast, Charlotte added some of her liquid gold into the mix. She filmed herself making the tea and turned the camera back on when Robert, who was looking after Ivy in the bedroom upstairs, was almost done with his cup.
"How's your tea?" Charlotte asked, trying to hold back the excitement in her voice.
Without needing an extra second to contemplate it, Robert immediately told her it tasted funky and asked repeatedly, "What have you done to it?"
Charlotte, dying of laughter over the fact that her trick had worked and that Robert had pretty much drunk the whole cup, finally revealed her prank to the shocked dad. You could see him processing what just happened for some time before he let out a smile.
A video of the prank, which was posted on the Netmums Facebook group on Wednesday, drew hundreds of divided comments. Many called the prank "one of the most disgusting things" they'd ever seen.
"Am I the only one thinking WTF? I was (breastfeeding) two years and it never ever occurred to me once to think it's funny to put (breast milk) into my (other half's) food or drinks. I mean we wouldn't appreciate it if they'd wank in our cuppa would we?" another mom wrote.
Others, though, are taking it much less seriously.
"Isn't it bizarre that we are so repulsed at the thought of drinking human breast milk but we are quite happy to drink the breastmilk of a completely different species!" one woman wrote.
"Anyone else thinking why would you waste breast milk? It took me 20 minutes to get 2 (ounces). That stuff is precious ... like gold!"
Charlotte's video even got some confessions out of her viewers.
"I did that with chocolate milk for my (7- and 5-year-old) kids. Hahahaha, was soooo funny."
"Remember when we tried my milk in a cuppa tea ... it went all curdly."
"Did the same thing with my coffee as we ran out of milk and couldn't be bothered to go out, so I used my wife's ... breast milk and it (tasted) good, really. Love her more since."
Charlotte isn't the only one who has given her breast milk to adults. Miki Agrawal, the ex-CEO of Thinx period underwear, gave her breast milk to attendees at the Burning Man Festival this year.
"I pumped my breasts every three hours at @burningman and gave away most of my milk," Agrawal wrote on Instagram. "Some people downed a whole four ounces hoping for a hangover cure. Some wanted it for their coffee to make lattes. So many were excited and curious to try it. I drank some too when I ran out of water. It tastes like sweet coconut milk!"
I pumped my breasts every three hours at @burningman and gave away most of my milk. Some people downed a whole four ounces hoping for a hangover cure. Some wanted it for their coffee to make lattes. So many were excited and curious to try it. I drank some too when I ran out of water, it tastes like sweet coconut milk! So many people told me that they had no idea that I had to keep pumping every three hours because they didn't know that breasts would become engorged and super painful if they were not pumped - nature's way of keeping mama and baby working together :-) It made me realize that most people (including me before I had Hiro) know very little about motherhood and birth and post birth and that this needs to be mandatory learning for all humans. Every human has been birthed and raised somehow and yet even the smartest people have no idea what this process looks like. Nobody learns how to become a parent, let alone a good one. Time to change this! Great parenting can change the world! More conversations about this soon! #burningman #burningman2017 📸: @annekejong
Earlier in July, a mom also revealed she used breast milk in bake-sale brownies and the internet lost it. The mom justified her decision to feed everyone breast milk without their knowledge or permission because the kids at school weren't getting the "nutrition" they needed.
Sure, the FDA's recommendations about breast milk are geared toward babies and don't quite have morning tea pranks or school bake sales in mind. But it does say how important it is to screen donors for infectious diseases (like hepatitis, syphilis and HIV) or contamination risks and warns against consuming breast milk acquired directly from individuals or through the internet.
But, hey, swapping some of dear husband's milk with what mom is feeding to her baby anyway? Let's just say it's not something we're too worried about.
Next to pregnancy itself, few things cause more anxiety for moms than breast-feeding: Is my baby getting enough to eat? Do I need to dump the milk if I’ve had a glass (or three) of wine? I live in a big city—are environmental toxins getting into the milk?
Relax, says Renee Beebe, a lactation consultant in private practice in Seattle. “There are so many old wives’ tales that say you shouldn’t eat this or that—and that’s not how it is.”
Here's the lowdown on 10 things that might—or might not—affect breast-feeding.