10 Things You Need to Know about Erotic Lactation
Have you ever heard of wondered if a woman could lactate without breast feeding? What about erotic lactation?
You may be surprised to learn that not only is it possible, but it’s also more common than you probably thought.
Does that seem strange to you?
Here are interesting facts about women:
20-25% of women lactate even if they’ve never been pregnant or breastfed. It’s technically called galactorrhea, which sounds like an STD.
But here’s a surprising fact about men:
Galactorrhea doesn’t just occur in women. It can also happen to males.
A lot of things cause galactorrhea, like:
- Hormone imbalances
- Birth control
- Overstimulated breasts
- Drug use
- Pituitary gland disorders
But sometimes there’s no way to tell what the underlying cause is.
The condition may go away on its own, or it may take a prescription to make it stop.
Some people may choose to see a doctor, but for some, this condition is a way to explore a kink you may or may not be aware of.
Erotic Lactation Is The Fetish You’ve (Maybe?) Never Heard Of
If you’re wondering why we’re writing an article about lactation, you’re about to find out.
After all, eroticism has many forms, and pleasure has no boundaries like sex addiction.
You might have heard of this kink but didn’t know it had a name.
You’ll probably surprised to hear that erotic lactation is getting pretty popular on different adult video hosting sites.
Lactophilia, adult nursing — whatever you want to call it — has become mainstream in the last ten years.
Like any kink or fetish, there’s some back-and-forth about the erotic lactation’s acceptability.
Is it wrong for a woman to feel aroused while breastfeeding?
It might come off as a little taboo, especially since lactation is generally associated with the mother/child relationship.
But in reality, the concept is nothing new.
The Story of Cimon And Pero
“Caritas Romana,” or “Roman Charity,” originated thousands of years ago and is one of the earliest stories about adult nursing.
It goes like this:
The Roman government sentenced a man named Cimon to death by starvation.
But his life is saved after his daughter Pero fed him her breast milk.
When the guards learned what she was doing, Roman authorities were more impressed than pissed by her actions.
They released Cimon and gave him enough food to last him for the rest of his life.
This story isn’t inherently sexual; the focus is the length Pero was willing to go to save her father.
But that doesn’t mean it won’t make you uncomfortable.
And it doesn’t do much to help the incest taboo associated with adult nursing.
The Science Behind Erotic Lactation
Those who practice erotic lactation together are in what is called adult nursing relationships (ANR).
There’s very little scientific research about this relationship. But thanks to the internet, these types of relationships are getting more attention.
Social media, chat rooms, and other online communities have helped small groups of ANR/ABF (adult breastfeeding) connect.
In 2011, the Journal of Sexual Medicine published one of the first studies about lactophilia and related fetishes.
Using a questionnaire aimed at self-described pregnancy or lactation fetishists, Dr. Magnus Enquist and his team collected data from 2,082 participants.
Some of the findings included:
- The median age was 37 years.
- Many realized their preference for this fetish at an average of 19 years old.
- 71% (of 1,474) preferred both pregnancy and lactation.
- Of that, 14% had only a pregnancy fetish, and 11% preferred lactation (of 296).
- As children, most respondents had exposure to pregnant women and breastfeeding.
There’s a lot to unpack with that last finding, and Dr. Enquist and Freud could surely talk for days about the matter.
But it shows just how complicated fetishes can get, especially when it comes to adult breastfeeding relationships.
The Feminist Perspective
Erotic lactation is more than a creepy fetish or something that men with Oedipus Complexes enjoy.
Some of the sparse research about lactophilia has found that it can also be sexually empowering for the breastfeeding woman.
Men and women alike engage in lactation prostitution, where adult breastfeeding is the service in question.
The consenting parties might be into role play like infantilism or just enjoy the act of breastfeeding or nipple stimulation during sexual activity.
After all, the breasts and nipples are a part of several highly sensitive body parts called erogenous zones.
When stimulated, it causes a flood of oxytocin for the lactating partner, which creates feelings of bonding and pleasure.
Dr. Fiona Giles published a study in the Australian Feminist Studies in 2004 that discussed lactation services offered at a New Zealand brothel.
And in another paper to the same journal one year later, she wrote:
“Induced lactation allows for a splitting away of breastfeeding from maternity, opening up possibilities for elaborating on the cultural meanings and uses of breastmilk as a substance, breastfeeding as a practice, and lactation as a process.
Finally, by introducing lactation into sexual play, it offers the opportunity for a mutual confluence of bodily flows which may help to disassemble the binaries of sexual difference.”
Sentiments like this one give fetishes like erotic lactation a new depth and show how pleasure and empowerment can entwine.
Fetishes of any kind can have psychological, physical, and emotional triggers.
The entanglement between all three is what makes them so interesting (and challenging) to study and understand.
Safety is Sexy
The best sex is the kind where it’s all gain and no pain — unless you’re into a little BDSM!
So when it comes to erotic lactation, know the risks beforehand, so you get the most out of your ANR.
- When it comes to actually drinking the milk, it’s safe but doesn’t have any nutritional benefits for adults.Frequent stimulation such as sucking and biting can cause soreness or even damage the nipple.
- Too much stimulation may cause the body to start producing milk at an unhealthy rate, trigger early labor, or develop mastitis.
- Abnormal or intermittent nursing sessions may increase the chance of milk ducts becoming clogged or infected.
- Infectious diseases and yeast infections can spread through nursing
There are warnings about purchasing black market breast milk from strangers because of the risk of disease.
Usually, women who have given birth produce between one to 30 ounces of milk in the first month or so of birth.
Production varies from woman to woman and may depend on several factors such as hormones, if they have ever breastfed or been pregnant, or if they have galactorrhea.