I breastfeed my dad

April 20, 2009, 10:14 amnewidea

As Georgia Browne breastfeeds her baby son Monty, nothing could seem more normal or natural. At eight months old, Monty thrives on his mother's milk, but someone else is also thriving on Georgia's milk - her father Tim!

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That's because Tim's battling cancer. He drinks his daughter's breastmilk every day to boost his immune system and give him the strength to fight the disease.

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After researching the idea on the internet, Georgia, 27, expresses her breastmilk as often as she can for her father to drink. He has the milk on his bowl of cornflakes every morning. It's been his daily routine for the past six months and Tim believes the milk has given him a boost.

A shock diagnosis

Georgia's world was turned upside-down when her beloved dad was diagnosed with cancer in July 2007, just a week before she was due to get married.

Tim, 67, was admitted to hospital with stomach pains and within hours doctors discovered he had colon cancer. He was rushed into surgery where they operated to remove a tumour. But despite the major surgery, a tearful Tim was released in time to walk Georgia down the aisle.

'It felt amazing having him at the wedding - it made it more emotional for everyone,' she says. After the wedding, Georgia's family rallied to support Tim as he went for further tests and treatment. But within weeks, he was told the cancer had spread. And soon after the family received even more devastating news - the cancer was terminal.

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'It was a terrible shock. He'd never been ill before,' Georgia says. 'He still is really fit. He goes to the gym three times a week.' Tim endured gruelling chemotherapy and after a year went into remission. But the cancer returned when Georgia was pregnant with her first child.

Life-saving milk

Georgia gave birth to Monty last July and began breastfeeding. A month later, she watched a TV documentary in which an American man believed his prostate cancer had been helped because he drank breastmilk.

'The man went to a milk bank for his supply of breastmilk and drank it in a milkshake,' Georgia recalls. 'I started researching on the internet immediately and found separate studies in America and Scandinavia both supporting the health benefits of breastmilk to cancer sufferers.

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'I watched the documentary and thought it was a really mad idea, if it was true,' she says. 'I started looking on the net and found research suggesting breastmilk helps kill cancer cells.

'Finding out I could help was amazing. I could play my small part in helping my dad do something positive for his illness. 'When I talked to him about it, he thought it was a great idea. He thought: "Why not?"'

Seeking support

Georgia broached the subject with her family before going ahead. They all thought it was fantastic and supported her 100 per cent. 'My mum thought it was great and my sisters and brother were supportive,' she says.

With the family's blessing, Georgia started expressing her milk for Tim straight away. She dropped the first batch round to her parents' home in a freezer bag, which her mum popped in the freezer.

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'I thought he'd mix it into a milkshake like the man in the documentary, but when Mum defrosted it the next day, he simply poured it on his cornflakes with a splash of normal cow's milk. He said it didn't taste that different to cow's milk, maybe just a bit sweeter if he didn't get the mix right,' Georgia says.

'I know some people think it's shocking but we didn't think it was shocking at all. He thought it was funny. He was telling all his friends about it.'

Tim spoke to his doctors and nurses about drinking breastmilk and they were more than happy for him to try the unconventional treatment. 'They told him that anything that could help was positive,' Georgia explains. 'They were very supportive and backed the idea.'

Hope at last

A month after starting the regimen, a scan of Tim's cancer showed a slight, but distinct, improvement. Although doctors can't say whether the breastmilk's helped, Georgia says he's brighter and has more energy.

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She has promised to continue feeding Tim for as long as she can. 'He has been having chemo as well as drinking the milk so there's no way of really finding out if it is helping,' Georgia explains. 'I'm still feeding Monty so I feed him first, then I fill a bag for my dad. We'll continue as long as I am breastfeeding.

'It feels like I'm doing the most natural thing for the people I love. 'I've been there when he has drunk it and it's just not an issue. 'Not many women can say their dad drinks their breastmilk. But I would do anything to give my dad more time with me, our family and Monty.'

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  1. Vivienne02:20pm Monday 07th April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    #$%$ media... they are the lowest of low. How crass to report this as him being breast fed. I would do the same for any member of my family. I hope the family involved can sue for such a headline.

  2. Think about it06:19pm Thursday 03rd April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Not a very polite head line by yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was being bottled and was for his cancer I would do the same if I was in his position but yahoo will make a mess of that as well, there should be a law to stop this type of headlines??

  3. Bryan01:19am Tuesday 11th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    he drinks breast milk - not being breastfed... are you professional writers or not?

  4. expat03:52pm Wednesday 05th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Typical of the media, use any tactic to sell more. All power to a woman who loves her Dad so much that she will make a positive effort to help him any way she can. But as always, the headline gets the thumbs-down. Shame on you.

  5. Jimk07:54pm Tuesday 25th February 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    chowdown 85/johnnyx15, fair go, so you would let your dad die of cancer rather than give him your breast milk, she was putting it into containers for him.....Nice person you are!

  6. Jasmine08:10am Thursday 16th January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore after reading this.

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  7. Hilary12:52am Thursday 23rd May 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    We don't think twice about drinking the milk of a complete different animal such as a cow or a goat and yet we cringe at the thought of human milk. There is something very odd about that.

  8. chowdown 85/johnnyx1506:36am Friday 02nd November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I am surprised even though I should not be. Some people are out of control anyway. A crazy world we live.

  9. Greg11:38am Sunday 26th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Way to take a nice story and perv it up!

  10. Cathy07:05am Saturday 29th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Yes, bad headline, surely some other wording would have been more approiate, head line to sell a magazine. good luck to you all and I hope it works


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