“Whatever it takes to get to the top!” Some bodybuilders using human breast milk, but is it safe?

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- When it comes to getting in shape, it seems like there's always a new pill or powder that promises to get you there faster. There are some who believe they've found the fountain of youth -- and this involves human breast milk.

Bill Lewis

Bill Lewis

It's spring, and after spring comes summer. With summer approaching quickly, many are looking to get their bodies beach and summer-wear ready. It's time to hit the gym and hone in on that diet.

Bill Lewis is a bodybuilder. His quest for perfection doesn't come and go with the seasons. It never ends.

"People will put amazing things in their protein shakes to take it down if it's going to get them that extra step ahead of everybody else," Lewis said.


Nutrition Supply

A quick trip to Demetrius Alecos' "Nutrition Supply" shop in Oshkosh proves there are hundreds of supplements on the market. Each promise something different: extra energy, growth, weight loss.

"The most important thing a person can do for themselves is to recover from their workout," Alecos said.

Despite all the products out there, some bodybuilders are choosing what they call a "natural" product.

"Bodybuilders always want to get the edge -- but breast milk? Come on!" Dr. Sheldon Wasserman said.

Yes -- breast milk. Human breast milk.

grady6"I was kinda surprised...but not," Ken Weber, owner of Brickyard Gym said.

Finding a bodybuilder who admits to using breast milk to bulk up was tough -- but FOX6 News stopped by two of Milwauke's known bodybuilding gyms -- Animal House and Brickyard Gym to get a feel for the fad.

"It is interesting, and I would try it," Ashley Sluder, a personal trainer said.

"Absolutely not!" Alecos said.

"I wouldn't try it personally," Weber said.

"I would be more than willing!" Karl Hall, a bodybuilder said.

So where might one go to get some breast milk? The place where one can go to buy almost anything: the internet!

Because the buying and selling of breast milk isn't regulated, there are a few different sites like OnlyTheBreast.com and Human Milk for Human Babies where women can sell their excess breast milk for an average of $2 per ounce. These websites claim to be communities for moms -- but it's not just moms trolling these classified ads.



FOX6 News found a mom in Janesville looking to make a little extra cash. She didn't want to talk with FOX6 News on camera, but in an email said within hours of posting her first and only ad at OnlyTheBreast.com, she was shocked and appalled when she was contacted by men.

"They`re looking for the immunity boosting properties of the collastrum in the breast milk as well as some of the hormones responsible for gaining some of the muscle mass and recovery," Alecos said.

That's something Dr. Wasserman says doesn't make sense scientifically because growth hormones need to be injected.

"You can`t just drink growth hormone. It goes in your mouth. It's digested in the human body by the stomach. It`s not even safe," Dr. Wasserman said.

A study published in the Journal Pediatrics should be a wakeup call for those buying breast milk from unknown sources online. That study found 74% of samples purchased from milk-sharing websites were contaminated.

comparison chart"You have staph in it. You have strep. You have salmonella. It's not safe to drink," Dr. Wasserman said.

Safe or not -- hopes of getting a step ahead by drinking from what some believe is the fountain of youth is all that matters.

"This is not the craziest I've heard of all the things out there," Lewis said.

"It's dangerous in my opinion," Alecos said.

"Whatever it takes to make it to the top!" Hall said.


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  • Chris Multerer

    Bodybuilders will try anything to get an edge. If someone came out with a bogus claim that drinking gorilla p#$$ will increase their bench by 50%, these blockheads would do it.

    • Wilson

      Are you trying to say gorilla p#$$ won’t increase my bench by 50%??? Been drinking it for years….

  • Sh3rri

    How exactly can it not be safe?? Babies can drink it but its not safe for adults? That makes absolutely no sense!

  • Jessica

    I would just like to say that “Human milk for Human Babies” is a donation group for breast milk for BABIES in need. The milk is donated from one mother to another it is not purchased or sold.

  • Tonya Long

    It obviously isn’t as bad as that guy is making it out to be. I nurse my baby and he’s almost a year old and he’s never been sick from it

  • Erin

    Please do a little more research before reporting on something like this. Labeling breast milk as unsafe is just ridiculous. It not only sustains a human life in the beginning, it is also curing cancer in some studies. Let’s not report things like this that creates a negativity to breast milk in the public. If you want to do this, please go work for a formula company.

  • Deana Mustas Binkelman

    I think you need to print an apology. Human Milk for Human Babies does NOT sell breast milk. It connects milk donors with parents of babies in need. The recipients may offer to reimburse you for gas or milk bags, but you are NOT paid.

  • Wilson

    I myself would prefer to just get my breastmilk straight from the hooter. Then I know it is safe. I’ll start with woman who are not yet pregnant and go from there!!! The next thing you know I’ll be benching 320lbs for 25 reps!!!

  • Rachel

    This is a terrible article and could have some really bad consequences for uneducated mothers who don’t know better. How ignorant can the reporter and dr be to say that it is unsafe for humans to drink HUMAN milk ? !!?! I don’t care if you are a body builder or Joe Schmo off the street, breastmilk is literally made for human consumption….smdh

  • bri

    You have made a large mom community very angry with poor reporting, not smart! I thought journalists check facts. To take the angle of donated breastmilk being unsafe is just ridiculous. I get that this is a story about bodybuilders, but there are more people than you think that need donor milk for their family and to say it’s unsafe is ignorant.

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