Danny Davidson, a 32-year-old personal trainer from Essex, drinks 100ml of women’s breast milk several times a week to complement his training regime.
He believes breast is best when it comes to building muscle as the milk contains growth hormones to accelerate his bulk. Despite the lack of scientific evidence to support his theory, Danny claims it is the secret to his toned physique.
The personal trainer risks infection from hepatitis and HIV at every sip as he buys his milk from strangers around the world on a website dedicated to the unusual fad.
While his wife Debbie is happy for her husband of three years to spend £20 to £40 a week on the gloopy liquid, she is worried about the dangers he faces.
But for Danny the risks associated with his tipple of choice are worth taking.
Since the pair met nine years ago, Danny’s chest size has soared from a medium to an XXL.
‘I’ve noticed a difference since I started drinking breast milk, I feel a lot stronger and a lot bigger,’ says Danny.
‘I’m very aware it can be dangerous but I don’t screen it and I just take a chance.’
Danny’s passion for fitness and desire to grow bigger has grown over time. But instead of stocking up on protein and pounding weights, Danny came across the unusual technique five years ago that would make most people’s stomach turn.
‘I was in the gym and I had been bitten by the bug – I was obsessed with getting big. I didn’t want to take steroids to get big because I’ve seen the effects it can have on you in your old age,’ explains Danny.
‘There were these big rugby guys at the gym and they said they drank breast milk to build muscle. I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked and a little bit sceptical that it would work.’
Danny believes the growth hormones in breast milk are beneficial for building muscle in a similar way to helping babies grow.
His strict exercise regime sees him training at least three hours a day, using weights and cardio to bulk up his muscle and shed his fat.
The gruelling workouts are supplemented with a high-protein diet of steak, raw eggs, chicken and breast milk.
Although some may be squeamish Danny says he doesn’t mind the taste.
Instead of masking the unique flavour with cereal or a protein shake, the dedicated fitness fanatic chugs the thick liquid down in one go, and he’ll even have a shot before going to bed.
‘Breast milk is quite bitter and quite dense,’ he says. ‘It’s an acquired taste. It’s definitely something you need to get used to.’
As well as ordering online from around the world, Danny also buys his supply from a network of trusted women in north London, but Debbie would rather he drink her own once the couple have children.
‘I’d rather him drink my own, at least then I know it’s clean and safe. But only after the baby has had enough. The baby comes first, not him.
‘When he first told me he was going to drink breast milk I thought he was joking. It grosses me out because it looks a bit thick, I thought it would be more runny than that. But I don’t really pay attention to it now, I’m used to it.’
While Debbie turns her nose up at the thought of her husband drinking other women’s breast milk, she is pleased with the results.
‘I like that he’s quite big and as I’m quite small I feel safe with him. He’s like my protector,’ she says.
‘I’m not hurting anyone by drinking breast milk,’ insists Danny. ‘Some of my clients have been interested in trying it but others think it’s disgusting.
‘It’s like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it.’