Breast milk: Trendy training supplement or risky fitness?

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Move over protein shakes! Many fitness buffs looking to bulk up are sipping on a new beverage that may shock you.

More and more weight room junkies have been turning to something a little more natural: Breast milk.

Some online body building forums are calling it “the greatest supplement ever.”

Even Hollywood is sipping on it. The milk packed with minerals and antibodies was part of a scene in the movie, ‘Pain and Gain,’ a film about a trio of bodybuilders.

To quote a popular line from the movie: “This is the real HGH, I’m talking about a steroid shake.”

“Well, I understand why they do it because it’s high in calories and proteins; a lot of nutrients,” said Calvin McIntyre, owner of Bodies and Beyond gum in Petersburg. “And a lot of guys I hear say they have made a lot of gains from it, they would never stop doing it.”

But neither McIntyre or his son, Calvin Jr., has ever tried it. And they say they never will.

“At the end of the day, you don’t know what you’re getting,” said Calvin Jr. “A lot of things can be transported when you start using something out of somebody else’s body; it is not yours.”

Dr. Laurie Forlano, State Epidemiologist for the Virginia Department of Health, says the local gym owners are right.

“The risk of buying breast milk online is you don’t really know what it is, you don’t know if it’s even breast milk.”

And even if it is breast milk, you don’t know who it’s coming from and their health history.

“The mother could be a drug user,” Dr. Forlano said. “There could be chemical contaminants, there could be disease transmission potential.”

Diseases like HIV.

So for now, the local body builders say they’ll be bulking up the old fashioned way: pumping iron and eating clean.

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