To wish men had breasts.....

(50 Posts)
Writerwannabe83 Fri 04-Apr-14 00:41:55 that when all baby wants to do is cluster feed for hours and hours on end throughout the night, it means the dad's can do their share and let the knackered mothers get some sleep sad

Nocomet Fri 04-Apr-14 01:55:07

No, they'd just want the lovely evening feeding to sleep watching the TV shift.

They still wouldn't notice the baby screaming at 2am

IAmNotAPrincessIAmAKahleesi Fri 04-Apr-14 01:57:11

It's so hard isn't it, I hope you manage to get some rest

My DH helped me loads during night feeds, he would pass me the baby and change and settle it so I was awake for as short a time as possible. If I really needed a break he would latch the baby on and help it feed while I slept or feed expressed milk, so you don't have to do it all alone even if you are bf

complexnumber Fri 04-Apr-14 02:38:37

I understand that the subject of this thread is meant to be a little light-hearted, but crass generalisations (such as referring to men as 'they') are irritating.

InAGrump Fri 04-Apr-14 06:17:16

Yanbu op it's bloody hard!!

Golferman Fri 04-Apr-14 07:15:54

Nah, wouldn't work, we would spend all the time playing with them :-D

Sparklingbrook Fri 04-Apr-14 07:37:10

I really struggled with that too (years ago now). I used to have a torch so as not to wake DH. blush

redshifter Fri 04-Apr-14 07:42:36

Sorry. But I have to agree with complexnumber

Sparklingbrook Fri 04-Apr-14 07:44:16

Well that's not all that helpful when it's a little rant by a tired new Mum is it red / complex?

wigglylines Fri 04-Apr-14 07:58:16

Writer, I have a secret to share with you, but first a question.

Why do men have nipples?

Answer? To feed babies.

If a man's nipples (or a woman who's not lactating) are stimulated enough, for example by a baby nursing, they will eventually they will produce milk. Some adoptive mothers manage to breast feed because of this.

So, men could breast feed, it's cultural rather than biological that they don't.

DP was horrified when I jokingly suggested it to him. grin

It really is outside what society would consider normal. But other than cultural reasons, logically, I can't think of a good reason why not, can you?

redshifter Fri 04-Apr-14 07:59:27

It may be helpful.
Sometimes when you are struggling it can help to look at things from a different perspective.

Ie. "I am so glad that I Have breasts so I can feed and comfort my child"

There are men that would love to be able to do that.

janey1234 Fri 04-Apr-14 08:00:30

Wriggly - is that true?! shock

WhatsTheWordHummingbird Fri 04-Apr-14 08:04:26

A big perk of FFing grin

One night a week the moses basket would go rou d dhs side of the bed and id stick my earplugs in. Bliss.

redshifter Fri 04-Apr-14 08:08:00

wigglylines - good points

My children used to latch on to my nipples for comfort. It gave my wife a much needed break. The children were happy, I found it fulfilling.

Unfortunately, while our male friends/relatives, just said "cool", It was the females that were uncomfortable with it and said things like "sick", "perverted" and "damaging".

I don't think men have enough breast tissue to make enough milk to feed a child but I don't dispute that they can produce it.
Men have nipples because we are all the same until the male/female chromosomes kick in when we are in utero. It's the same reason why women have a clitoris, it's the start of a penis.

I read the same in a book by Jared Diamond. Sounds frightful. Also, as a man, having breasts would be pointless as I wouldn't be able to see them very well.

whatshallwedo Fri 04-Apr-14 08:51:27

If men were able to breastfeed then I'm sure there would be more support available at the beginning as I can't imagine a man would be willing to tolerate bleeding nipples!

DontCareAboutYourShoes Fri 04-Apr-14 10:59:13

Someone should consider making that fake boob from Meet the Fockers.

rabbitlady Fri 04-Apr-14 11:05:21

wigglylines speaks the truth.

TallRedhead Fri 04-Apr-14 11:10:10

I thought this very thing while bf-ing at 5am this morning and dh snored away beside me smile

Loopylouu Fri 04-Apr-14 11:13:14

Haha I am sitting here feeding my 9 day old dd thinking the same thing.

Although dh is currently cleaning the kitchen, is I think I e got the good deal at the mo, but it is a pain when she's been feeding for two hours from 3am and I look at dh laying there snoring.

Writerwannabe83 Fri 04-Apr-14 12:15:18

Thanks for your thoughts everyone! DS has tried to latch on to DH on a few occasions, I will bring up the topic of men producing milk and see how DH reacts smile

On a few occasions I have looked at my sleeping husband whilst I've been awake for hours with the baby and I often call him nasty names - only silently in my head though. After all, I wouldn't want to wake him up...

BeverleyMoss Fri 04-Apr-14 12:21:12


It won't always be like this, I'm sure you're doing great.

And the male breastfeeding thing? yes your husband can lactate and successfully breastfeed your baby, but only if you happen to be an indonesian fruit bat, which is unlikely. Don't let that stop you having the chat with DH though wink

LadyRabbit Fri 04-Apr-14 12:25:13

Well they er, can, although I never met one that did in RL!

Maybe the Scandis will be the first to pioneer this? One can only hope. (Been up all night with unsettled DS who is 3 and STILL bf'ing. I can't remember life before I was a dairy cow.)

Writerwannabe83 Fri 04-Apr-14 12:25:44

I'd be more than happy to trade my husband in for an Indonesian Fruit Bat if it meant I could get a bit more sleep grin

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