A woman who was dumped because she had gained weight had the best revenge – dropping two stone with the help of a bizarre breast milk diet.
Bianca Collins, 30, from Morley, Leeds, was left ‘devastated’ when her ex had broke off their three-year relationship and decided to overhaul her life.
A personal trainer friend recommended she try drinking breast milk to help lose the pounds and within 18 months she went from 11st and a size 12 to 9st and a size 10.
Unemployed Bianca has spent £3,500 ordering breast milk from strangers online – that arrives frozen – and recently treated herself to a batch after a lucky streak at bingo.
Bianca Collins, 30, from Morley, Leeds pictured in April 2016 cooking with breast milk at the start of her diet, weighing 11 stone. After order a batch of frozen breast milk online and using it to make shakes and cook with she’s lost two stone
Revenge body: Bianca, pictured on a recent holiday to Majorca, has left two stone on a breast milk diet after being devastated when her ex-boyfriend cheated on her and blamed her weight for their sex life fizzling out
Bianca was a size 6-8 and 8st when she first began dating her ex nearly five years ago, but as she piled on pounds their sex life fizzled out.
She had a weakness for cheesecake and could easily make my way through a 400g jar of Nutella every day, smothered over white bread. She also munched on doughnuts, chocolate, and had four sugars in her coffee.
It was only when she and her ex had stopped having sex that she began to get suspicious. But she refused to believe it was just her weight gain causing the problem.
‘I was devastated when I found out my ex had slept with someone else, and he’d blamed my weight for his cheating ways,’ she recalled.
In April 2016, Bianca Collins from Leeds embarked on a bizarre breast milk diet after her personal trainer introduced her to the idea during a gym sessions. She’s since splashed out £3,500 ordering frozen supplies online
Bianca in a bikini on a recent holiday to Majorca after losing two stone. She started exercising to feel more confident after her relationship broke down, but she claims the pounds really started to melt away after she started drinking breast milk ordered online
‘I wasn’t massive, but my podgy body was far from the athletic figure I was used to having. I’d been comfortable in a relationship and started eating more.’
After Bianca discovered her ex had been cheating, she slipped into depression.
She said: ‘I became a recluse. I felt fat and ugly, and my confidence was at rock bottom. Then my friend Jonny, a personal trainer, came to see me. He persuaded me to start exercising and afterwards, I felt the best I had in ages.’
‘Eventually he persuaded me to join the gym. On one occasion, I was on the treadmill when he offered me his sports bottle, filled with pink liquid.
Bianca exercising at the start of her weight loss in April 2016. It was her personal trainer who recommended that she try drinking breast milk, telling her it’s rich in protein and nutrients, and she’s since managed to lose two stone
Bianca drinking a chocolate shake made with breast milk at the start of her weight loss last year. She adds the milk to cereal, protein shakes, and coffee, and has also cooked it into spaghetti carbonara and chicken soup
‘When I tried it, I thought it was delicious. But when Jonny told me what was in there, I couldn’t believe it. It was strawberry protein shake – and breast milk.’
What are the risks of using breast milk that’s been donated online?
Breast milk can carry infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and syphilis, if the donor has not been properly screened.
The baby could also be exposed to chemical contaminants, such as some illegal drugs and prescription medication.
If human breast milk is not handled and stored properly, it can also become unsafe to drink.
For example, if the frozen breast milk begins to thaw while being transported, it may lead to the growth of harmful bacteria.
Jonny explained he often added breast milk to his shakes because it was rich in nutrients and protein and encouraged muscle growth. He also believed it could help with weight-loss.
‘I thought drinking strangers’ breast milk seemed a bit odd. On the other hand, it was obviously working for Jonny. He was in great shape.’
Bianca took the plunge and bought a batch of breast milk from the same donor website that Jonny used.
‘At first I was puzzled how people could buy breast milk from strangers and know it was safe, but the website explained that each donor was screened to ensure their milk would be STI and disease free.’
If not properly screened breast milk can can carry infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and syphilis and if is not handled and stored properly, it can also become unsafe to drink.
‘I ordered 200oz of breast milk from America, costing £200,’ Bianca said. ‘Two days later it arrived. I defrosted some and was surprised by the taste. It was sweeter than cow’s milk.
Bianca pictured during a workout at the start of her weight loss journey last year. She started to see real results when she introduced breast milk to her diet
‘Then I mixed it with chocolate Nesquik powder and it was just as tasty as Jonny’s shake had been.’
Bianca started adding breast milk to cereal, protein shakes, and coffee, and cooked it into spaghetti carbonara and chicken soup.
‘I loved experimenting with my new favourite ingredient, even making mocktails with it. Weeks later, I’d lost 6lbs already, and was hooked. I started spending up to £400 on breast milk each month.’
‘I went on to drink it for 18 months and lost two stone. I now weigh nine stone and am a size eight, and I’m so happy with my new and improved body.’
Bianca is currently unemployed and has therefore had to cut right down on her spending. But a recent bingo win meant she could buy another batch.
‘If someone told me a year ago that I would drink donors’ breast milk to get slim, I would have laughed and told them they were bonkers.
‘When I become a mother, I plan to drink my own milk but for now, I will continue to drink it from other mums when I can, so long as it gives me results.’
There is no scientific evidence supporting the fact that breast milk can aid weight loss, as Nottingham-based GP Ian Campbell warns.
‘Any weight lost is as a result of consuming fewer calories than she’s been expending, and there are a lot of safer ways to achieve that.
‘I have grave reservations about the safety of buying breast milk over the internet. I’d have to question its provenance and source. I wouldn’t advise anyone to do it.’
Bianca pictured earlier this year after shedding some weight. She wanted to boost her confidence after she found out through Facebook that her ex had cheated on her, and he blamed her weight for their lack of sex life