You're Drinking Breast Milk
A character — usually a man
— is a guest in the home of a woman with small children. He gets thirsty, opens the fridge, finds a container of milk, and starts drinking. Then, the homeowner comes along and informs him, "You're drinking breast milk
Invariably, the character doing the drinking will be squicked out
, and disgustedly spit out the milk
. The audience's reaction will vary quite a bit more, considering how funny
such scenes can be if done well
, and the fact that in Real Life
there are many people who have a Fetish
for lactation, breast milk or both, and may even be turned on
by such scenes.
In Real Life
, human milk is much, much sweeter than bovine or goat milk, and not as thick; the guy who was drinking it should have realized it wasn't what he thought it was without someone else telling him. After all, it's meant
to be used for human consumption, far more than any other type of milk. It makes more sense if the milk is being used to complement coffee or breakfast cereal.
Usually a Comedy Trope
. For obvious reasons, you'll see less of it the more kid-friendly a work is... it tends to pop up more in PG-13 or R-rated films and comedy series that are geared more specifically toward adult audiences.
Subtrope of I Ate What?
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Anime and Manga
- Not explicitly stated to be breast milk, but in Creature Tech, Dr. Ong drinks from a cup at a group picnic before being told that family doesn't have a cow. Assuming he's being ostracized or mocked for being an atheist...
Dr. Ong: So? I'm a country boy. I can drink goat's milk with the best of them.
*panel shows a woman breastfeeding an infant while small children play nearby*
*panel shows Dr. Ong spitting out his beverage*
- An infamous Baby Blues gag. Wanda asks Darryl if he wants milk in his coffee, then (off-screen) the milk is squirted into his coffee. Wanda yells "Bullseye!" and Darryl says "I'm going to miss it when you stop breastfeeding, Wanda." Apparently this strip was submitted as a joke by the author with no intention of getting it published and just to give their editor a laugh, but since she was out of town that week her replacement simply waved it through.
- A variant of this occurs in the web erotica Lesbian Land 2250. The protagonist, who recently arrived in the setting, goes to get milk out of the fridge. As she's drinking it, she reads the label that says it's breast milk. Subverted when she doesn't seem to mind, and is in fact turned on by this. And then it's revealed that they regularly have women milked each day, with the milk being delivered all over the city like regular milk delivery.
- The end of The Grapes of Wrath has an intentional version when Rose of Sharon, who has recently experienced a stillbirth, nurses an old man dying of starvation. Cut from the movie version, of course, given the year it was made.
- An early conversation between a frazzled first-time mother Lori and her new nanny Francesca in Aunt Dimity Digs In:
Lori: Sorry I'm late.
Francesca: No trouble. I spotted the bottles you'd left in the fridge—
Lori: Did you use the right ones?
Francesca: Would the ones labeled My Milk be the right ones?
Lori: Yes, well...Bill sort of mixed them up a few weeks ago and—
Live Action TV
- One episode of Friends features Ross being squicked out because Phoebe tastes some of Carol's expressed breast milk when heating it up for Ben. Joey then subsequently tastes it, to prove to Ross that it's not a big deal. Ross still refuses it, stating that it's gross, until Carol and Susan tell him that he's being silly and that they've both sampled it. Even then, it takes him a while to "build up" to sampling it. The humour of the scene is that absolutely none of the friends are squicked out by this except for Ross... who, given his education, might have been assumed to be perfectly okay with it... until he revealed he wasn't.
- A variation, Joey drinks formula, mistaking it for eggnog. Upon being informed it was formula, he didn't care, he just wanted more because it tasted good (though being Joey, it's possible he didn't know what "formula" was).
- Happened in the office on Close to Home. Annabeth is expressing and storing her breast milk in the fridge. One of her male co-workers ends up putting her breast milk in his coffee.
- This came up once on Designing Women, when Suzanne almost used milk Charlene had expressed for her infant daughter in her coffee.
- In Peep Show Jeremy deliberately uses Sophie's breast milk in coffee as he and Mark have run out of cow's milk. He enjoys his coffee but Mark is disgusted when he realise what it is hes drinking and refuses to drink any more saying its practically cannibalism.
- Little Britain had a recurring skit about a grown man who was still breast-fed by his mother ("Bitty?"). At one point when they're having tea the father asks if she can spare any milk, so she sprays a little into his cup. The fiancée is thoroughly Squicked, but still marries him for some reason.
- On A Different World, Jalessa left breast milk in the fridge. Ron uses the milk to make pina coladas for a bachelor party. As they are drinking, the babysitter explains that was breast milk. Cue multiple spit takes.
- Invoked in a sketch on The Kenny Everett Video Show when aging rocker Sid Snot orders a cup of tea from a roadside van. The woman serving asks if he wants sugar. He says yes and she reaches into her cleavage and pulls out a couple of sugar cubes which she drops in his tea. She then asks "Milk?" and he gives a knowing look to camera and says "You wouldn't dare".
- Served as a Crowning Moment of Funny during the "Improbable Mission" sketch on Whose Line Is It Anyway? (US version). Ryan and Colin have to prepare lunch (or something) for some foreign dignitary. Colin, a genetically modified agent, complains at one point that he lacks a "coffee gene", to which Ryan replies, "I'm not talking about coffee, Mr. Moo!" Cue uproarious laughter.
- One of the Hopeless Auditionees on season four of Master Chef revealed that this was the secret ingredient of her macaroni and cheese, causing Gordon Ramsay to do a Spit Take.
- On The Ricky Gervais Show, he complained that a neighbor once made him a dessert from breast milk.
- This from 5 Second Films.
- In Chakona Space Chakats normally drink each others milk. But there's one story where a Chakat wet nurse's roommate plays this trope completely straight, for several months before shi tells hir where the stuff in hir coffee came from.
- Blog "The Sneeze" once featured breast milk on it's "Steve, Don't Eat It!" feature. Steve wasn't totally thrilled with the taste, but it was tolerable. He also tried it with Nesquik.
- One of the notes on the "Passive-Aggressive Notes" blog was "Dear Milk-thief: That was breast milk." It was actually used for the cover when Passive-Aggressive Notes got a book deal.
- There are multiple accounts of the TSA and other security agencies forcing mothers to drink their prepumped milk.
- A chef in N.Y. made cheese from his wife's breast milk.
- An ice cream parlor in London called Baby Gaga is now serving breast milk ice cream. The milk is provided by donors who must first have their blood tested.
- This didn't go without controversy, however. Westminster City Council shut the place down for a few months pending word from Britain's Food Standards Agency (the UK's equivalent of the FDA), ironically questioning whether it was safe for human consumption. (It reopened later.) Also, Lady Gaga threatened the place with a lawsuit over copyright violations, but was unsuccessful.
- Steve, Don't Eat It! Hilariously, not only is Steve completely aware he is drinking his wife's breast milk, he even mixes some chocolate syrup in it, making chocolate (breast) milk!
- Guess what's the latest trendy workout recovery beverage among the athletic set?... You guessed it! Proponents (yes, adult male proponents) also tout breast milk's effectiveness at settling nausea, clearing up psoriasis, and boosting the immune system. (However, physicians are not yet convinced of any supposed value for adults.)