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Can a mother drink/taste her own breastmilk?

I know theres an issur for a non-baby to drink directly from the breast; but, what about from a cup?

Further, if it is indeed assur (even from a cup), what about "tasting" it (i.e. to see if it's gone bad) as one might "taste" chicken soup to see if it needs salt (without actually eating it so you're not fleishik and it doesn't require a bracha)?

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Sort of related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/31959 – Fred Mar 7 '14 at 18:44
Very related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/22376 – msh210 Mar 7 '14 at 18:49

Human breastmilk is 100% kosher once it has left the woman's body (Shulchan Aruch YD 81:7). Furthermore, it is pareve, but shouldn't be cooked with meat to avoid issues of Marat Ayin (ibid. 87:4).

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And 100% disturbing. +1 – Y ez Mar 7 '14 at 17:33
@doubleaa , you should add that it can be collected in a vessel or even ones hand and then he could drink it – sam Mar 7 '14 at 17:55

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