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.
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

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It is also known as couples nursing.

Here's one woman's experience with her husband in an ANR:

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.

More Information

Some couples practice ABF in order to strengthen their relationship. Read for yourself a few ANR testimonials and stories or watch videos of couples practicing adult breastfeeding. (warning:NSFW)

Reach out to others by using our ANR/ABF online communities list 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.


Frequently Asked Questions About ANRs/Adult Breastfeeding


  1. ↑ Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine: ABM Statements Position on Breastfeeding
  2. ↑ KellyMom: References: Breast Cancer (mother)
  3. ↑ The New England Journal of Medicine: Lactation and a Reduced Risk of Premenopausal Breast Cancer