Man feeding baby

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A man feeding a baby with a bottle, sometimes looking down to the infant and smiling.

This emoji supports skin tone modifiers, which apply to the adult. The head of the baby is recommended to be hidden to avoid a situation where the skin tone of the baby would only correlate to the skin tone of the adult.

Variants include 🧑‍🍼 Person Feeding Baby and 👩‍🍼 Woman Feeding Baby. See also 🤱 Breast-Feeding.

The Man Feeding Baby emoji is a ZWJ sequence combining 👨 Man, ‍ Zero Width Joiner and 🍼 Baby Bottle. These display as a single emoji on supported platforms.

Man Feeding Baby was added to Emoji 13.0 in 2020.

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  • 👶 Baby
  • 🍼 Baby Bottle
  • 🚼 Baby Symbol
  • 🤱 Breast-Feeding
  • 🥛 Glass of Milk
  • 🫃 Pregnant Man
  • 🤰 Pregnant Woman


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black and white stereograph; handwritten on verso "Three O'clock AM"; man and woman in interior room, man sitting on bed feeding a baby; man is wearing nightshirt, robe and night cap, seated on edge of a bed holding a baby wrapped in blankets on his lap, feeding baby; woman at right is wearing a night gown, nightcap and holding a small bowl out in front of her; bassinet on floor in front of them; table at left with carved, ornate legs with cups, saucers and a pitcher on it
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Can a man produce milk and breastfeed

In short, no. If men could produce milk and breastfeed, women would not miss the chance to delegate part of the feeding of the baby to the man. Men do not lactate, although their anatomy has everything for breastfeeding. We explain why this happens and what are the exceptions.

Irina Obraztsova


The man has a nipple and mammary glands. What prevents him from breastfeeding and is it possible to induce lactation in him? Here's what the scientists say0003

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Can a man produce milk

Most men are unable to produce breast milk. In general, male mammals in extremely rare cases spontaneously lactate.

There are references in the literature to men breastfeeding, such as the widespread story of a Sri Lankan who breastfed his daughter after the death of his wife. Experts doubt the reality of this story. They suggest that isolated cases of male feeding may be the result of a rare health problem, such as a tumor of the pituitary gland (a small gland at the base of the brain that produces hormones). nine0003

Newborns (boys and girls) sometimes have milk drops on swollen nipples due to excess mother's hormones after birth (girls still have newborn periods). After all the mother's hormones leave the child's body and the work of their own hormonal system is established, these phenomena stop. Also, children of both sexes sometimes lactate a little during puberty due to the rush of hormones. But this is a short-term temporary condition, which is not observed in adults. nine0003

Why can't men breastfeed?

Oddly enough, the male anatomy has all the conditions for breastfeeding: the mammary glands, nipples and the pituitary gland responsible for the production of prolactin, the hormone of lactation. However, the male endocrine gland does not produce enough prolactin to stimulate the mammary glands to produce milk. And during puberty, boys do not grow breasts and develop "milk" tissues, as girls do. nine0003

The small amount of prolactin that is normally produced by the male pituitary gland is involved in the production of testosterone, affects the formation of spermatozoa and is responsible for regulating reproductive functions. In women, the level of prolactin is much higher, during pregnancy it increases even more and reaches a peak after childbirth at the beginning of breastfeeding.

What increases prolactin production in men?

One of the common causes of a sharp increase in the hormone prolactin in men is hypothyroidism. This disease affects the pituitary gland and can trigger a hormonal surge. Also, certain medications can stimulate the production of the lactation hormone in men: the antipsychotic chlorpromazine (Thorazine), steroids or the heart drug digoxin (Lanoxin), as well as large doses of the anti-ulcer ranitidine and anti-nausea drugs containing domperidone, such as Motilium. It is sometimes used by women with feeding problems to increase milk production. nine0003

Other possible causes of a prolactin surge include a pituitary tumor and liver problems such as cirrhosis. In history, cases of lactation of starving prisoners of war are known. The explanation is this: the suppression of liver function caused by starvation led to the accumulation of prolactin (since the liver normally filters hormones from the bloodstream).

It is theoretically possible to induce lactation in a man with large doses of hormones, for example, with the help of injections of estrogen and prolactin. However, it will certainly cause a lot of side effects. This type of hormonal therapy is not performed and has not been studied. nine0003

We do not know if the milk produced by men will be similar in nutritional value and composition to human breast milk, or if it will contain components to strengthen the immune system and help in the digestion of infants. However, anecdotal studies in this area exist: scientists studying the breast fluid of one man concluded that the concentrations of lactose, proteins and electrolytes in it were similar to colostrum and milk of lactating women.

Can men stimulate milk production by pumping? nine0014

No successful attempts to stimulate male lactation by pumping have been found. Women, on the other hand, are capable of relactation (restoration of milk production after the completion of feeding) and induced lactation, that is, the production of milk by a breast that has never breastfed. There are many cases when, for example, a grandmother or a foster mother fed a baby with her breast. These processes are quite laborious, require patience, constant pumping and sometimes supplementation with formula or donor milk, but they are quite possible. nine0003

To bring the body into the state of a woman who has just given birth, a man will need to both pump many times a day and receive hormone therapy. Such experiments are fraught with side effects and there are no studies confirming the safety of such interventions.

One study reported successful induced lactation in a trans woman who was taking feminizing hormone drugs—estradiol, progesterone, spironolactone, and domperidone (not sold in the US)—in addition to regular nipple stimulation. nine0003

Why do men have nipples?

Embryos develop in the same way in the womb up to a certain point (until about the 9th week of pregnancy, when sex differences appear). Including, their nipples grow. But during puberty - thanks to hormones - women develop breast tissue and the ability to produce milk, while men do not.

There are also controversial claims that nipples are a necessary tool for men who want to breastfeed their children. Men in the Aka tribe in Central Africa, who share hunting, camping and child-rearing responsibilities with the women of the tribe and are very close to their children, are doing just that, says anthropologist Barry Hewlett. nine0003

Even without milk production and breastfeeding, men can help mothers with breastfeeding. For example, taking on the responsibility of carrying a baby after feeding to spit up or feeding a baby with a breast milk bottle - there are many options for mutual assistance in raising a child, and partners can agree without using dangerous experiments on a male body that is not adapted for feeding.


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Can men breastfeed?: sadcrixivan — LiveJournal

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Yes, they can. In their 1896 book Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine, Dr. George Gould and Dr. Walter Pyle give several examples of men breastfeeding their children. The reported cases include the story of a sailor who put a baby to his chest to stop crying, and as a result, he began to produce milk. Or the story of the South American peasant who breastfed his child when his wife fell ill, or the story of the Chippewa man who began to breastfeed when his wife died and was able to feed the child as a result. nine0002 And in our time, you can find similar examples. In 2002, a Sri Lankan man, B. Wijeratne, lost his wife and was left with an 18-month-old daughter. The baby refused to drink artificial formula, and Wijeratne decided to try feeding himself. "I couldn't see her cry anymore and offered my own breasts," Wijeratne told a local newspaper. "That's how I found out that I could breastfeed."

Vijeratne's case is not unique. Theoretically, all men can breastfeed, because they have two necessary conditions for lactation - the mammary glands and the pituitary gland. The mammary glands that produce milk are found in all mammals, regardless of gender, and are their defining characteristic. In some species, such as mice, the male mammary glands are so underdeveloped that they cannot function. However, all people, regardless of gender, have fully formed mammary glands, milk ducts, and nipples. nine0003

Of course, in order for a person to breastfeed, these glands must first be activated. In women, this process usually occurs during pregnancy, when the pituitary gland in the brain begins to produce large amounts of the hormone prolactin, which prepares the breasts for milk production.

All men produce small amounts of prolactin during their lifetime. For example, prolactin is released after orgasm and may be associated with feelings of satisfaction and relaxation after sex. It's just that usually men have too little prolactin to allow them to breastfeed. nine0003

However, under certain psychological circumstances, the brain may require the body to start producing this hormone. This happens, for example, to mothers of adopted babies who unexpectedly discover that they can breastfeed. And as the cases described by Dr. Gould and Dr. Pyle demonstrate, in similar circumstances the same can happen to men.


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