A design student in the U.K. claims to have developed a prototype kit that could be available to the public in as soon as five years that would enable men to breastfeed with the help of a drug that’s not approved for sale in the United States.
Earlier this month, Marie-Claire Springham, inventor of the “chestfeeding kit,” told “Good Morning Britain” about her prototype that earned her the Meaning-Centered Design Award. She won the award last October despite the fact that her kit has not yet been tested on a man.
Springham explained that the kit is for couples who are expecting. She was inspired to create the kit, she said, after finding out that some men experience what’s called post-natal depression and feel left out of the mother-child bond.
The kit includes supplies of drugs that men are supposed to take in order to help them build breast tissue and lactate. The kit also includes a pump and compression vest.
Each kit comes with a nine-month supply of the drug progestin, an alternative to the female sex hormone progesterone. Springham explained that the drug changes the breast tissue so that milk can be stored.
“Six weeks before the birth, they start taking a drug called domperidone, which sounds very scary,” she said. “It was originally used to treat [gastrointestinal] conditions and realized it has a side effect which is lactation and now it is used by a lot of women who are struggling to lactate.”
Springham was asked by host Richard Madeley how the product works if men do not have breasts.
“The tissue is actually there. It is just dormant,” she replied. “There are several cases where lactation does occur naturally in men. … It affects 60 percent of men and most people don’t realize they even have it. The estrogen gets a little higher than testosterone and in extreme cases, men can grow up to the size of a B-cup and produce milk,” she claimed.
Springham said that she first designed the kit as an “empathy tool.” When asked, she said the process could be used as an alternative to breastfeeding.
Quentin Wilson, a father of three, doesn’t think men should breastfeed. He was on the GMB panel to debate such a technology.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith