Menopause and Lactation
Inducing lactation is the stimulation of milk production in women who are not currently breastfeeding. Although lactation is not a direct cure for menopause, some women choose to induce as a natural way to relieve symptoms associated with menopause.
During menopause, a woman's hormones are in flux, resulting in symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, irritability and mood swings. These symptoms can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life. Inducing lactation can help relieve these symptoms by releasing the hormone prolactin, which has a calming effect on the body and helps regulate mood. Prolactin also helps regulate estrogen levels, which can drop during menopause, causing mood swings and other symptoms.
Additionally, the physical and emotional bonding that can occur during adult breastfeeding can provide a sense of security and safety; this can be especially helpful during menopause when women may feel a loss of identity and femininity. Adult breastfeeding can also be a natural way to manage stress and anxiety, as breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin, a hormone known for its calming and relaxing effects.
It is important to know that inducing is a complex process that requires dedication and patience and may not work for all women. It is recommended to consult a doctor before starting, as certain illnesses or medications may affect the success of inducing. In addition, inducing lactation can be physically and emotionally exhausting, and it is important to make sure that this is the right decision for you before beginning the process.
While breastfeeding is not a cure for menopause, some women find that inducing can alleviate symptoms and provide them with a sense of comfort and security during this time of hormonal transition. As with any change in physical or emotional state, it is important to consult a physician and approach the process with honesty, open communication and mutual consent.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Inducing Lactation
How does inducing lactation affect menopause? Does inducing help relieve symptoms?
Can I use a TENS Unit to help induce lactation? (warning:NSFW)
Are there health concerns from breastfeeding or letting someone drink my milk?
It's perfectly fine to try another person's breast milk if you know their health history. Breast milk is a body fluid and therefore it's possible to transmit pathogens. The next biggest concern is Mastitis (warning:NSFW) which can be lessened with Lecithin and a proper latch technique (warning:NSFW). The Piercings and Lactation page (warning:NSFW) addresses this concern as well.