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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)?

  • 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
  • Why is there an Issur for an adult to drink directly from the source? – El Shteiger May 19 '19 at 12:40
  • @ElShteiger Usually, only if you can eat an animal's meat can you drink its milk (based on the principle of היוצא מן הטמא טמא). This is the exception. There's a rabbinic prohibition for adults to nurse directly from a human so as not to come to think you can nurse directly from other non-kosher mammals. – Double AA May 28 at 18:21
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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     e     z 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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