Re: Relactation question
Yes, even if you have never been pregnant or given birth, it is possible to produce milk. Milk production is controlled primarily by the endocrine system, not the reproductive system. Relactation will not damage the breast. In fact, making milk is good for your entire body, and the longer you lactate, the better it is for you.
Now, if your friend relactated, would the milk be good for her 4 year old? Yes, absolutely. But it's not a "get out of all illness free" card. He's still going to get sick sometimes, and if you want to suggest this path to your friend, I suggest not overselling the benefits of breastmilk. Relactation is a lot of work, and it's not going to prevent a kid from coming down with the flu and colds and strep and what have you. It may prevent some, and lessen the duration and intensity of an illness, but at age 4 I personally would step up hand washing before taking the relactation road.
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