The Thought of Tasting Breastmilk Makes Me Gagemily
Breastmilk. What does it taste like? Is it sweet or is a savory? According to the post written by Monica Bielanko last week, it tastes umami. Unami is another word for “meaty” or “savory.” Like cured meats and salty cheeses.
Pardon me while I face the corner a minute and dry heave.
I breastfeed all my children until they are around 12-18 months. I’m currently breastfeeding Paul every 3 hours. Yes, I’m around breastmilk all day long. And yes, Paul is a spitter, and my right shoulder is always crusted with his regurgitated breastmilk spit up.
I’m assuming almost all breastfeeding mothers have tried their own breastmilk, but honestly, I just can’t bring myself to trying it.
I know it’s natural, it comes out of my body, and I enjoy feeding it to my baby each and every day. But the thought of putting it to my own lips to see what it tastes like seriously turns my stomach.
My breastmilk tasting phobia started years ago when I was single and doing a lot of babysitting. One Sunday morning I was in my churches infant care nursery when I fed a baby a bottle of expressed breastmilk. After the baby was finished, I then burped the baby, and the baby projectile vomited all over me. I was covered, head to toe, with a strangers regurgitated breastmilk. And yes, a little bit got on in my mouth.
At the time, I tried to play it cool, like it didn’t bother me in the least. But looking back, I was mortified and I’m pretty sure it traumatized me forever.
So here we are today, 12 years later, and I still can’t fathom the thought of tasting human breastmilk. Even though I’ve exclusively breastfeed 4 of my own children.
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