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Can men lactate?

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According to Scientific American, men are able to lactate, but only under extreme circumstances. Starvation and pituitary gland stimulation are two methods of causing lactation in men.

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Can men lactate?
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The Other Side of Science reports that male lactation is called galactorrhea and can signal an underlying health problem for the man. Male lactation is often due to a surge of the hormone prolactin which can come about as a result of malnutrition, liver disease, a hormonal imbalance or a pituitary tumor. The use of recreational drugs or pathogens in the body can sometimes produce a surge in prolactin production, as can puberty on a temporary basis.

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