Kourtney Kardashian downs entire glass of breast milk to cure nausea – but does it really work?

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Kourtney Kardashian is the face of countless health and beauty trends, having founded Poosh in 2012. But last week she caused quite a stir online, after drinking her own breast milk to feel less sick

Love them or loathe them, the Kardashians undeniably set countless health and beauty trends – from waist trainers and lip fillers, to even eating their own placentas. And now, Kourtney – the oldest sibling of the clan – has once again stirred up quite the controversy, after drinking her own breast milk to feel less nauseous.

This shock confession was unveiled on the 44-year-old’s Instagram just last week – marking five months since she gave birth to Rocky, her first child with musician Travis Barker. “I just pounded a glass of breast milk because I feel sick,” the Poosh founder said in a goodnight message to her staggering 224 million followers.

Unsurprisingly, her admission was met with countless gobsmacked comments on X, with one user joking: “It’s giving Gwyneth Paltrow vibes,” and others bluntly typing ‘ew’.

Within the scientific community, it’s no secret that breast milk contains several important vitamins including A, D and many variations of B. One 2019 study also found that it even has antibacterial properties, which can treat some skin issues, like scrapes and cuts.

But, Helen Bell, a nutritionist at UK Care Guide, says its ability to reduce nausea is ‘more anecdotal’ than proven, with no solid scientific evidence backing it. She told The Mirror: “Breast milk is designed to meet the nutritional needs of infants, not adults.

“While it’s true that breast milk contains a blend of nutrients, enzymes, and antibodies, that are beneficial for babies, there’s limited research on its effects on adult health concerns such as nausea.

“Its beneficial properties are geared towards infants. There isn’t significant evidence for adults suggesting that breast milk would have the same health benefits, especially for conditions like nausea. If anything, reliance on anecdotal remedies like this could detract from seeking proven treatments, which are likely to have a better health impact.”

Last week’s incident wasn’t the first time Kardashians have tested breast milk remedies, with Kim also using her sister’s milk to treat psoriasis back in 2013. This didn’t seem to do the job however, with Kim then switching to plastic wraps and creams for easing her flare-ups.

Helen therefore stresses that staying cautious is vital when it comes to trendy new wellness trends, as they can not only be a waste of time, but even harmful in the worst of cases. She continued: “It’s crucial to approach health trends, especially those popularised by celebrities, with a critical eye.

“While breast milk is not inherently harmful to adults, there are potential risks, especially if the milk is not from a trusted source. Without proper screening, there’s a risk of transmitting infectious diseases. In addition, as adults, our digestive systems are not designed to process breast milk. This could potentially lead to digestive discomfort or allergic reactions in some individuals.”

Rather than turning to breast milk, Helen instead recommends staying hydrated and eating small meals to keep nausea at bay. If this fails to work, seeking medical advice from a GP is always recommended.

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