Apparently, there are some breastfeeding swingers out there who nurse each other's babies. The babies are then known as "milk siblings."
I learned of this trend when I read an essay over at Babble by a woman whose friend suggested that they swap babies and nurse them, presumably as a bonding experience.
After having initial misgivings, the writer comes around to the idea, nurses the other woman's baby, and proclaims that "it felt really...normal."
Wow. And I thought I had been a pretty liberal breastfeeding mom just by doing it under a blanket in public.
Aside from violating the mother-infant bond, there is a serious public health reason to just say no to boob swapping. Breast milk is a bodily fluid that can pass communicable diseases like HIV to the baby.
What's next "used needle siblings?"
I must say, NONE of my nursing mom friends ever made this indecent proposal to me. Maybe because I made everyone Purell their hands before touching my newborn, they got the idea I wouldn't be into it.
Hey, this may be a beautiful thing to do for your friendship..... But until they invent a nipple condom, I'm going to abstain.