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A revolutionary hormone kit that lets men breastfeed could be available in as little as five years, according to its inventor.

The kit involves a man taking a cocktail of drugs throughout his partner’s pregnancy so that he grows milk ducts in time for the birth.

Although in the early stages and not yet tested, designer Marie-Claire Springham, say its side effects will likely include men growing breasts up to a B cup.

‘I can’t see why couples wouldn’t use this,’ the 24-year-old, who studied product design at Central Saint Martins, London, told MailOnline.

‘It seems unusual but women have been using hormones to change their bodies since they developed the birth-control pill.

Many women struggle to breastfeed. This is an empathy tool so a male partner could help in a really useful and supportive way.’

The ‘chestfeeding’ kit, which was Ms Springham’s final year university project, was crowned the winner of the world’s first Meaning-Centred Design Awards earlier this week.

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Although just a concept, the kit would involve a man taking the hormone progestin once a day as soon as his partner discovered she was pregnant.

Progestin is a form of the better-known hormone progesterone and causes the production of milk-producing glands that are needed for breastfeeding.

During the last six weeks of the woman’s pregnancy, the man would then take the drug domperidone four times a day.

Domperidone, which is often prescribed to women who struggle to breastfeed, stimulates the production of prolactin.

Prolactin is the hormone that tells a woman’s body to make breast milk.

The man would then continue taking this hormone-drug cocktail for as long as he wishes to breastfeed.
At this stage, he would be capable of releasing milk if he held a baby due to the release of the hormone oxytocin, according to Ms Springham.

a man’s nipples generally need more stimulation than a woman’s, she added.

The kit therefore comes with a pump that helps release milk and is often also used by women who struggle to breastfeed.
Ms Springham based the above drug regimen on forums where trans people reported taking similar hormones to bring on breastfeeding.

It is unclear if this breast milk production would occur if a man took the hormone-drug cocktail for less than nine months.

Lactation consultant Katherine Fisher said: ‘Male lactation is clinically possible, and provokes interesting questions about what parenthood means in the 21st century.

‘Lactation can be induced in certain circumstances via a course of hormone therapy.

‘All attempts to better understand what gender means in parenting should be welcomed.’

It is unclear if a man’s breast milk could be as nutritious as a woman’s.

Ms Springham imagines gynecomastia may be an issue, which causes a man’s breasts to enlarge and affects around 60 per cent of teenage boys to some extent.

Gynecomastia occurs when a man’s oestrogen levels exceed his testosterone.

Ms Springham adds a man’s breasts may swell up to a B cup in order for them to hold milk.

‘The kit contains a compression vest that acts like a breastfeeding bra,’ she said.

Other side effects are expected to be similar to that women experience when taking the contraceptive pill, such as bloating, headaches and mood swings, she adds.

It is unclear if the test may soon be tested on men, however, Ms Springham told MailOnline: ‘All the techonology is there.

‘This could be available within the next five-to-10 years.’

Would your partner love this to assist with feeding the bub?

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  • If it involves chemical enhancing to produce tge milk, then no! Why would you want to possibly risk your health, and maybe baby’s health, just for the novelty of being a breast feeding man!? Nup!!!

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  • Just no. There is a reason women are meant to breastfeed not men. If they really wanted to feel a part of it perhaps they should emulate pushing a kidney stone out of their privates and see if they are up for the challenge after that.

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  • Even with this option they will never know the discomfort a woman experiences. But all for equality and letting the husband take a few feeds of a night time so I can get a little extra sleep.

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  • Once again man playing with what nature intended, they are just out to make a quick buck. Crazy idea, I cannot seem many men taking up this idea, unless they want to be a woman.

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  • Wow! That’s a terrible idea! Dad’s can help in so many other ways, and can bond with the baby without the need to breast or bottle feed the baby. Why on earth would they want to put themselves through the stress and hormone hell to be able to do this? It’s absolutely crazy! Leave well enough alone!

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  • Not a fan of this idea. Leave it to mum.

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  • Ummmm why? Why? Why? My partner assisted with feeding my bub with a bottle!!

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  • This sounds a bit too nuts to me.

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  • I think this is kinda cool. I never would have expected hubby to stay home or anything like that but the occasional bit of help in the night would have been nice, plus I can definitely see the benefit in doing this instead of formula if the mother can’t breast feed.

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  • Um…..No. This is way too crazy. I don’t think it would take off anyway. Guys probably wouldn’t be able to handle the pain of having their nipples chewed, gummed, gnawed and bitten.

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  • No no no! What the hell!! I would stick to what’s natural then milk made from a cocktail of drugs. I can’t see it taking off

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  • How would the fathers body know the nutritional needs as he never carried the baby? And what about risks of cancer from using the hormones? Yah this maybe great for same couples but I can’t see a lot of straight men using it when there is already formula as a safe alternative to breast milk.

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  • Ok so this is just crazy. Reminds me of one of the “Meet the Fockers” movies!

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  • Things are going from the sublime to the ridiculous. Next thing they’ll want to do is invent something so that women will be able to fertilise their own eggs.

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  • i wonder what the long term medical problems will be taking all those drugs. surely it cant be safe for the baby to ingest it all through the milk?

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