Adult nursing relationship

"It's a nice way to relax or fall asleep at the end of the day," says Chelsea.

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Chelsea*, a 38-year-old woman who is in an ANR with her wife, decided to induce lactation two years ago in an effort to help with her wife's chronic health problems after medical interventions failed.

And still others have breastfeeding relationships that are completely non-sexual in nature.

On the social media site Fet Life, which serves people interested in BDSM and kink, a few thousand users discuss how they simply enjoy the act of suckling or exchanging milk while cuddling or watching TV on some nights, while on other nights the milk exchange may be part of their foreplay or sex itself.

The dynamics of these relationships can be incredibly varied, and they are not limited to heterosexual pairings – there are many women who enjoy the act of suckling a partner, too.

Editor's Note: Some names in this story have been changed at the request of the interview subjects to protect their anonymity.

Ellie* and Garett* have been together for six years."If you're sexually active and nursing, breast milk is a part of your life all the time," she explains.The same oxytocin that's released during nursing is produced during arousal and orgasm, meaning that someone who is lactating to nurse their baby may also experience the release of milk during sex with their partner.The person suckling the milk from the breast does not pretend to be an infant or child, and the person providing the milk does not baby their partner.So what draws people into such uncommon and misunderstood relationships?The most frequent explanation is that it gives the partners a sense of intimacy they wouldn't otherwise be able to achieve – a feeling facilitated by hormones that are secreted in order to produce a bond between mother and child, particularly oxytocin.

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