Males have the ability to lactate

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Males have the ability to lactate

by Jarah Cotton, Staff Editor

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Male and female fetuses follow the same stages of development until they reach a certain point. This leaves men with chests complete with nipples, and tissues that would enable them to lactate in certain situations.

According to Scientific American, men are able to lactate if they are malnourished, if they ingest medications that affect the pituitary gland at the base of the brain, or if they consistently stimulate their nipples in a manner consistent with a suckling baby. The only mammalian species, however, in which males naturally are able to produce milk for their young is the Indonesian fruit bat.

Though breastfeeding is traditionally a job exclusively for females, it would undoubtedly be beneficial if males were able to complete this task in tandem with their wives. This would alleviate a lot of the stress that working mothers endure while trying to balance the demands of their jobs and their responsibilities as mothers.

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