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I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 05:33 PM

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As Georgia Browne breastfeeds her baby son Monty, nothing could seem more normal or natural. At eight months old, Monty thrives on his mother’s milk, but someone else is also thriving on Georgia’s milk – her father Tim!

That’s because Tim’s battling cancer. He drinks his daughter’s breastmilk every day to boost his immune system and give him the strength to fight the disease.

After researching the idea on the internet, Georgia, 27, expresses her breastmilk as often as she can for her father to drink. He has the milk on his bowl of cornflakes every morning. It’s been his daily routine for the past six months and Tim believes the milk has given him a boost.


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Georgia’s world was turned upside-down when her beloved dad was diagnosed with cancer in July 2007, just a week before she was due to get married.

Tim, 67, was admitted to hospital with stomach pains and within hours doctors discovered he had colon cancer. He was rushed into surgery where they operated to remove a tumour. But despite the major surgery, a tearful Tim was released in time to walk Georgia down the aisle.

‘It felt amazing having him at the wedding – it made it more emotional for everyone,’ she says. After the wedding, Georgia’s family rallied to support Tim as he went for further tests and treatment. But within weeks, he was told the cancer had spread. And soon after the family received even more devastating news – the cancer was terminal.

‘It was a terrible shock. He’d never been ill before,’ Georgia says. ‘He still is really fit. He goes to the gym three times a week.’ Tim endured gruelling chemotherapy and after a year went into remission. But the cancer returned when Georgia was pregnant with her first child.


Life-saving milk
Georgia gave birth to Monty last July and began breastfeeding. A month later, she watched a TV documentary in which an American man believed his prostate cancer had been helped because he drank breastmilk.


‘The man went to a milk bank for his supply of breastmilk and drank it in a milkshake,’ Georgia recalls. ‘I started researching on the internet immediately and found separate studies in America and Scandinavia both supporting the health benefits of breastmilk to cancer sufferers.

‘I watched the documentary and thought it was a really mad idea, if it was true,’ she says. 'I started looking on the net and found research suggesting breastmilk helps kill cancer cells.

‘Finding out I could help was amazing. I could play my small part in helping my dad do something positive for his illness. 'When I talked to him about it, he thought it was a great idea. He thought: “Why not?”’


Seeking support
Georgia broached the subject with her family before going ahead. They all thought it was fantastic and supported her 100 per cent. ‘My mum thought it was great and my sisters and brother were supportive,’ she says.


With the family’s blessing, Georgia started expressing her milk for Tim straight away. She dropped the first batch round to her parents’ home in a freezer bag, which her mum popped in the freezer.

‘I thought he’d mix it into a milkshake like the man in the documentary, but when Mum defrosted it the next day, he simply poured it on his cornflakes with a splash of normal cow’s milk. He said it didn’t taste that different to cow’s milk, maybe just a bit sweeter if he didn’t get the mix right,’ Georgia says.
‘I know some people think it’s shocking but we didn’t think it was shocking at all. He thought it was funny. He was telling all his friends about it.’

Tim spoke to his doctors and nurses about drinking breastmilk and they were more than happy for him to try the unconventional treatment. 'They told him that anything that could help was positive,’ Georgia explains. ‘They were very supportive and backed the idea.’


Hope at last
A month after starting the regimen, a scan of Tim’s cancer showed a slight, but distinct, improvement. Although doctors can’t say whether the breastmilk’s helped, Georgia says he’s brighter and has more energy.


She has promised to continue feeding Tim for as long as she can. 'He has been having chemo as well as drinking the milk so there’s no way of really finding out if it is helping,’ Georgia explains. ‘I’m still feeding Monty so I feed him first, then I fill a bag for my dad. We’ll continue as long as I am breastfeeding.

‘It feels like I’m doing the most natural thing for the people I love. 'I’ve been there when he has drunk it and it’s just not an issue. 'Not many women can say their dad drinks their breastmilk. But I would do anything to give my dad more time with me, our family and Monty.

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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 06:04 PM

It helps cancer, that is an excellent thing, I just find it rather creepy, to be honest.
   
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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 06:19 PM

Gross.
I mean, if it honestly helps him, cool. But... eww. That's just... not right.





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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 06:45 PM

hey maybe breast milk is a key factor in stoping cancer if the right amount is taken.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 06:47 PM

The idea of her *directly* breastfeeding is a bit odd,when she could have it got to him in other methods, I believe.

However, if it helps him fight cancer and their family support it, I see nothing wrong with it.
   
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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 07:20 PM

I've had several loved ones die of cancer. If this helps him why the hell not?



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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 07:32 PM

If it works, that's awesome. I doubt it will, but it's cool that she's trying I guess.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 07:34 PM

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hey maybe breast milk is a key factor in stoping cancer if the right amount is taken.
urm.. no, i don't think so.

there is no evidence to suggest that it helps fight cancer, and it certainly doesn't "kill cancer cells."

in fact, it's often recommended that you avoid milk and dairy products when undergoing chemotherapy.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 07:36 PM

It would make one huge joke that would probably follow you everywhere. Lol.

But it would be worth it.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 07:56 PM

Different? Sure. But hey. Hopefully it helps.



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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 08:10 PM

As long as it works, then good for him for fighting! Any (well, almost any) potential aid in the fight against cancer is just fine with me :]

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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 08:46 PM

Ahaha ... ew.
   
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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 08:52 PM

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hey maybe breast milk is a key factor in stoping cancer if the right amount is taken.
You can speculate "if this" or "if that", but when there is little research done on this, speculating the "ifs" is useless.

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The idea of her *directly* breastfeeding is a bit odd,when she could have it got to him in other methods, I believe.
Then I suggest you actually read the entire article and not read the first bit and post away. From the article:

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With the family’s blessing, Georgia started expressing her milk for Tim straight away. She dropped the first batch round to her parents’ home in a freezer bag, which her mum popped in the freezer.

‘I thought he’d mix it into a milkshake like the man in the documentary, but when Mum defrosted it the next day, he simply poured it on his cornflakes with a splash of normal cow’s milk.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 08:56 PM

When I first read the thing I was like.....um, what? And then I read the article, it still gives me shivers, but if it helps more power to them!


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 09:07 PM

The title of the article is kind of misleading. The idea behind this is a bit weird, but I guess it works, so no harm done.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 09:36 PM

This sounds very... interesting. Upon reading it, I think it is a good idea if it helps. I don't know if I'd be able to do it, however.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 20th 2009, 11:09 PM

Anything to help this man through his cancer. Forget how "weird" it is, I doubt anyone'd be thinking that if they had colon cancer and it was a chance to help cure them.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 12:32 AM

If it helps that's great. I'd be interested to hear how much evidence actually supports that this works.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 12:52 AM

If it helps. then great
still kinda creepy though
what's wrong with a breast pump?


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 12:56 AM

Read the article, y'all. She sends the milk in bags.



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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 12:56 AM

Okay some people are obviously not reading the article and the title of the thread doesn't help much. Her father is not directly drinking the milk from her breast, she fills up bags for him.

And hey I don't think it's creepy at all breast milk is breast milk no matter where it comes from.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 01:27 AM

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there is no evidence to suggest that it helps fight cancer, and it certainly doesn't "kill cancer cells."

in fact, it's often recommended that you avoid milk and dairy products when undergoing chemotherapy.
Though, I don't think it says he's going through chemotherapy?

And also she mentioned there had been studies about how it helped. Not necessarily that it completely cured them, just that it helped them feel better.

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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 02:40 AM

Ugh.It's a bit disgusting, but if it help him, then to each their own.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 03:34 AM

Who knew the cure for cancer was in breast milk? Go preggo people!




   
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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 03:38 AM

Hey, whatever works for him. At least she's pumping it and giving it to him rather than actually breastfeeding him, though.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 06:39 AM

Ok, I'd do that if I had to. I honestly would, but I'm sorry that's a little creepy. Personally, I'd feel reeeeeeeeeally awkward about that. But who am I to judge? They're not doing anything wrong. It sounds a little wrong, but seriously I'd do it if that was the best thing to do and it was something to keep someone I love alive.


   
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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 04:41 PM

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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 04:58 PM

I find the idea quite strange myself, but if it helps then go for it!

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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 21st 2009, 04:59 PM

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Though, I don't think it says he's going through chemotherapy?

And also she mentioned there had been studies about how it helped. Not necessarily that it completely cured them, just that it helped them feel better.

I think that's disgusting, but I support it. Lol

He is going through chemotherapy as well.

I think this is a good idea. Although slightly gross, and there are milk banks and such. But I mean, it's a lot worse to lose someone to cancer. If breast-milk seems to help, even if it's just psychological, it's worth it. Although there is no proof that it is helping, if he believes it, it's bound to help his attitude and such. I hope things work out for him.


   
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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 22nd 2009, 08:53 PM

I don't think this is weird at all. He was raised on breastmilk as a baby... we ALL drank it. It has significant health benefits to children/babies, so why not grown-ups? I don't find anything wrong with it. Think about if it was your father you were going to lose. Wouldn't you do everything you possibly could to prevent that, even if it's a little unconventional??


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 22nd 2009, 08:56 PM

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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 22nd 2009, 10:21 PM

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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 22nd 2009, 11:37 PM

It might seem gross, because we're not used to it, but breastmilk is actually "designed" for humans, whereas cow's milk is designed for baby cows. So if you think about it, what's really gross is drinking another animal's milk. Also, since it's her dad, they're obviously very similar genetically, making the milk an even better "match" for him.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 23rd 2009, 02:24 AM

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It might seem gross, because we're not used to it, but breastmilk is actually "designed" for humans, whereas cow's milk is designed for baby cows. So if you think about it, what's really gross is drinking another animal's milk. Also, since it's her dad, they're obviously very similar genetically, making the milk an even better "match" for him.
I've always wondered about that. Why did we start drinking cow's milk? Why not horse milk or something else? Definitely a better match because of genes.


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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 23rd 2009, 02:39 AM

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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 23rd 2009, 02:55 AM

I see potential in this, and find it incredible from a medical standpoint,
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Re: I breastfeed my dad. - April 23rd 2009, 03:18 AM

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I don't think this is weird at all. He was raised on breastmilk as a baby... we ALL drank it.
Really? I for one haven't so there goes your claim. But, if you want to change it to most people, then prove it with sources. Giving claims with no evidence nor sources for them makes them useless and meaningless to the topic at hand.

As for why we began drinking cow's milk, goat's milk, etc...:

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Milking has its advent in the very evolution of placental mammals. While the exact time of its appearance is not known, the immediate ancestors of modern mammals were much like monotremes, including the platypus. Such animals today produce a milk-like substance from glands on the surface of their skin, but without the nipple, for their offspring to drink after hatching from their eggs. Likewise, marsupials, the closest cousin to placental mammals, produce a milk-like substance from a teat-like organ in their pouches. The earliest immediate ancestor of placental mammals known seems to be eomaia, a small creature superficially resembling rodents, that is thought to have lived 125 million years ago, during the Cretaceous era. It almost certainly produced what would be considered milk, in the same way as modern placental mammals.




Animal milk is first known to have been used as human food at the beginning of animal domestication. Cow milk was first used as human food in the Middle East. Goats and sheep were domesticated in the Middle East between 9000 and 8000 BC[citation needed]. Goats and sheep are ruminants: mammals adapted to survive on a diet of dry grass, a food source otherwise useless to humans, and one that is easily stockpiled. The animals were probably first kept for meat and hides[citation needed], but dairying proved to be a more efficient way of turning uncultivated grasslands into sustenance: the food value of an animal killed for meat can be matched by perhaps one year's worth of milk from the same animal, which will keep producing milk — in convenient daily portions — for years.[4]
Around 7000 BC, cattle were being herded in parts of Turkey. There is evidence from DNA extraction of skeletons from the Neolithic period that people in northern Europe were missing the necessary genes to process lactase. Scientists claim it is more likely that the genetic mutation allowing the digestion of milk arose at some point after dairy farming began.[5] The use of cheese and butter spread in Europe, parts of Asia and parts of Africa. Domestic cows, which previously existed throughout much of Eurasia, were then introduced to the colonies of Europe during the Age of exploration.[citation needed]
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