"Does milk come out of boys' breasts?" he wanted to know.
I want to be truthful with my children, so I took a deep breath and answered "yes."
My knowledge of male lactation comes from a very reliable source: a book that I purchased at the thrift store last week titled So That's What They're For! I was willing to part with 35 cents in hopes that the book would reveal a function of female breasts of which I am not aware. For example, maybe they conduct electricity.
I was disappointed to discover that the book's discussion of breasts was limited to breastfeeding. By the time I got to the chapter on breast infections and inverted nipples, however, I had forgotten all about alternative energy sources. I had no idea. Something else that I learned from this book is that all mammals have mammary glands. Even males. This information led me to conduct a detailed online search of men and breastfeeding which, in turn, led me to an article about fathers who nurse their sons.
Cortlen was visibly disturbed when I asked him if he wanted to try to feed Cameron. He was not disturbed enough, however, to stop pinching his chest. He squeezed all the way into preschool. By the time I picked him up, he appeared to have gotten over the urge.
"For some strange reason, Cortlen thinks men can lactate," my son's teacher told me at the front door. She giggled nervously and looked at me for reassurance that this information did not come from me.
This is our third year at the preschool; the teacher should know better by now.
I'm finished with So That's What They're For! and I think that Cortlen's teacher will really enjoy reading it. Thank goodness Christmas is just around the corner.