It will be a terrible drain on the mother...
Breast stimulation DURING pregnancy has been shown to cause miscarriage and pre-term labor in those women considered at risk for miscarriage /preterm labor. But if you are talking about AFTER the birth of the baby then that is a different story.
Breast touching is a part of foreplay for many couples and, in itself, is not harmful. When you start talking about actually FEEDING a 30 year old man that's a bit different.
- It would reduce available milk supply for the baby.
- The drain on the mother's resources would be immense. Mother's caloric intake would have to keep up with both baby and a grown man.
- In my somewhat educated opinion I have concerns regarding disease transmission to the infant. Anything the man has (such as a cold virus for example) could potentially be transmitted to the baby.
I know in past centuries, breast milk was used for the sick (infirm) and the elderly but I am not so sure it was directly from the breast. Most likely the milk was expressed then spoon-fed like one would broth.
There is a story about a man imprisoned for his religious beliefs. The ruler seeking to prove the man's God was false, left him to starve in prison without food or water. It is said that his lactating daughter came to feed him every day for several months. According to the story, it was enough to keep him from dying and the ruler eventually released him from prison. But we are talking a STORY from the early church nearly 2000 years ago.
Marie Davis RN IBCLC