Melbourne, Sept. 3 (ANI): A Swedish man stimulates his own breasts with a pump every three hours in an attempt to produce milk.
Ragnar Bengtsson, 26, of Stockholm, revealed that he began his experiment, being documented by Swedish TV8, on September 1.
According to UPI, he plans on pumping his breasts at three-hour intervals every day until the start of December in a bid to create milk.
"Anything that doesn't do any harm is worth trying out. And if it works it could prove very important for men's ability to get much closer to their children at an early stage," the Daily Telegraph quoted Bengtsson as saying.
Bengtsson said that he did not want to use any chemicals, such as hormone treatments known to cause male lactation.
"If it works and the milk turns out to have a high nutritional value, it could be a real breakthrough," he said.
Sigbritt Werner, professor of Endocrinology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, said that Bengtsson's quest could produce "a drop or two" of milk after three or four months of pumping.
"Women breastfeed after they've been bathing in estrogen during a nine-month pregnancy, so obviously it takes some time," Werner said.
"But if he works on it regularly, he'll likely notice a layer of tissue forming beneath the areola and it should be possible to produce enough of the hormone prolactin to cause lactation," she added. (ANI)