"I can understand her doing it in the sense that she doesn't want to waste the breast milk," said Parrott, who compares the taste of breast milk to the sugary milk at the bottom of a bowl of cereal. "But my only word of advice is let's figure out a way to ship this home for the baby."
Dr. Joan Meek, the academic chairman of pediatrics at Orlando Regional Healthcare, agrees with Parrot that Claire – and other nursing mothers – should continue their breast milk flow for as long as possible but instead of drinking it or discarding it, should freeze it.
"You can freeze breast milk for at least three months," said Meek. "That would be a better route [than drinking it]."
Some nursing mothers also choose to donate their extra breast milk, said Meek. The milk is a hot commodity in neo-natal intensive care units and sometimes even in geriatric care, where doctors capitalize on how easy breast milk is to digest – even for the sickest patients.