The Scent of Breast Milk: an Aphrodisiac?

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According to a new study: the smell of another woman breast feeding appears to be a natural aphrodisiac, heightening ‘sexual desire’ in other woman, the Daily Mail reports.

The researchers from the University of Chicago discovered exposure to the subtle odors produced by breast-feeding mothers and their babies can boost the libido by 50 percent. They believe the smells act as a signal, telling a woman it is time to try for a baby.

The researchers used sweat collected from the breast and armpits of nursing mothers to see how it affected a group of young women. Half were asked to wipe pads soaked in the sweat across their upper lip every morning and evening for three months. The remaining half were given similar pads, soaked in a dummy liquid.

By the end of the study, those given the sweat-soaked pads found their desire for their partner had risen by around 42 percent, while those who were single had more sexual daydreams than usual. Researchers thought the sweat-soaked pads were affected by the pheromones, which are secreted by the body to affect behavior, including sexual attraction, on an unconscious level.

Can you say EWWW!!! Who thinks of this stuff?


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