Adult Nursing Relationships

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What is an adult nursing relationship?

Quote-left.png ANR is an acronym for adult nursing relationship, two adults in a relationship who engage in adult nursing. The woman may or may not lactate, the man suckles her regularly as part of their intimate relationship. This may or may not involve milk, it may or may not involve sex, it usually involves a loving couple committed to their relationship.
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Most couples experience a deep bonding through adult nursing. They may find it difficult to be apart for both physical and emotional reasons. They learn to communicate better and resolve issues faster; often out of necessity. She will be uncomfortable when it’s past their usual nursing time, he will still want to be at her breasts, with or without milk. Differences have to be put aside to join back together even if for practical reasons. Soon things that once seemed like big differences become smaller... Quote-right.png


Excerpt from a GiftofMilk.com article.

It is also known as couples nursing.


Benefits of ANR

Many benefits of adult nursing parallel those of traditional nursing between mother and child. Breast milk contains high amounts of proteins and antibodies to boost the immune system of the recipient. It also releases the hormone Oxycontin, which aids in reducing the woman's risk of ovarian and breast cancer [1] [2] [3] . This hormone also helps the uterus and cervix return to a pre-pregnancy state if the woman has recently been pregnant. The act of adult breast feeding also has benefits in the time spent during the nursing process.


Some Concerns

Lactation is much easier when currently or recently pregnant, but not necessary. Sometimes several sessions a day are required to stimulate a strong and consistent flow. There is also a rare risk of mastitis. Other concerns can be found on our Ethical and Spiritual Concerns page.


See also Can This Strengthen Our Marriage or Relationship? and Experiences in Inducing Lactation and ANR.

Take a look at our Where to Look for Potential Partners page to seek others who are in this lifestyle.

See the Inducing Lactation Resources page if you're interested in starting lactation without a pregnancy, for an ANR, or for your partner.

See the Breast Pump Resources page for more information on breast pumps.


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Frequently Asked Questions About ANRs/Adult Breastfeeding


References

  1. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: ABM Statements Position on Breastfeeding http://www.bfmed.org/Media/Files/Documents/pdf/Statements/ABM_Position_on_Breastfeeding%20bfm.2008.9988.pdf
  2. KellyMom: References: Breast Cancer (mother) http://kellymom.com/ages/after12mo/ebf-refs/#BreastCancer2
  3. The New England Journal of Medicine: Lactation and a Reduced Risk of Premenopausal Breast Cancer http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199401133300201