Australian filmmaker Peter Templeman directed this somewhat tongue-in-cheek ‘documentary’ in 2004 about a man breastfeeding (or at least, attempting to breastfeed) his baby:
Mind you, there have been, historically speaking, cases of men breastfeeding their babies – a relatively recent example being this Sri Lankan man. Now, it’s not entirely clear if a man can produce enough milk to exclusively breastfeed a baby (as opposed to his mainly serving as a glorified pacifier), and the increased prolactin levels necessary for a man to produce milk may very well do a number on a couple’s sex life. It sounds weird, and for a good reason.
Then again, lactofanatics often wax poetic about breastfeeding being not merely a feeding method, but rather a vehicle for feminist empowerment, liberation and even self-actualization. They also often look at the issue from the baby’s point of view, i.e – the baby expects and deserves to breastfeed (with the foregone conclusion that Mom has to put out. Even adoptive moms). So why do they not ask, or even require, Dad to share in the experience and help provide the baby with her birthright?
Perhaps a well-planned ad campaign, shaming men into doing their part for the next generation? 😉 …
Now that would be feminist!