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Dad Trying to Lactate Calls It Quits

21842Remember Ragnar Bengtsson, the Swedish man who set on breastfeeding his future children? The 26-year-old college student spent three hours a day getting cozy with a breast pump in hopes that he could urge some milk out of his breasts.

He thought it was worth a fair shot, saying, “Anything that doesn’t do any harm is worth trying out.”

Bengtsson put his best breast forward, but in the end he just couldn’t produce anything but a pair of very sore nipples. He’s giving up his attempt to breastfeed his future babies, for which his future teenage children are very, very glad.

Though Bengtsson’s experiment didn’t work, there have been anecdotal reports of men producing milk and occasionally breastfeeding their children. Nicknamed “milkmen,” some of these dads have worked at it like Bengtsson did, while others appear to lactate spontaneously.

Bengtsson is visiting The Tyra Banks Show this week to share his story.  What do you think — if a dad can pull it off, would male breastfeeding create a closer bond between man and child?  Or does it just seem creepy to you?


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