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Woman Figures Out a Way to Fight Gender Inequality in Breastfeeding by Making Men Lactate

Woman Figures Out a Way to Fight Gender Inequality in Breastfeeding by Making Men Lactate

A London product design student believes she has the perfect solution for the problem of gender inequality around breastfeeding – a special kit that would make it possible for men to “chestfeed” children.

Marie-Claire Springham appeared on Good Morning Britain to show off the kit. “Basically the way I designed it is new couples when they find out they’re expecting sign up to basically a pre-natal course,” she said.

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“And they receive a kit in which it contains a nine months of a drug called progestin,” she added, noting that the drug will “stimulate the production of milk-producing glands” in the males who take it. Getting men to lactate then requires a separate drug regimen.

The final piece of the kit would include a pump and compression vest.

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While the kit is yet to be tested on a willing participant, Springham believes it will break barriers in how gender and parenting roles are perceived.

Springham’s kit won a design award for “[challenging] the fundamental meanings of male and female, father and mother, parent and child.”

“At a time when we increasingly use hormones, medication and technology to change the life options available to us, Marie-Claire’s design concept goes right to heart of our taboos.”

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