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Widower learns to breastfeed

A Sri Lankan widower has attracted the attention of doctors for his ability to breastfeed his young daughter.

Mr B Wijeratne, from Walapanee, near Colombo, took to breastfeeding her soon after his wife died three months ago while giving birth to their second child.

Mr Wijeratne breastfeeds his daughter

His elder daughter, 18-month-old Nisansala Madhushani, was so used to her mother's milk that she would not take formula milk.

Mr Wijeratne told Sinhalese language newspaper Lankadeepa: "My child would reject the powdered milk I tried feeding through a bottle.

"Unable to see her cry I offered my breast. That's when I discovered that I could breastfeed her."

The 38-year-old's ability to produce milk was noticed by doctors at the government hospital in the town of Kurunegala.

Dr Kamal Jayasinghe, a spokesman for the hospital, said: "Men with a hyperactive prolactine hormone can produce breast milk."

His younger daughter, who has still to be named, has taken to powdered milk.

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