Inside the Secret World of Adult Breastfeeding

Inside the Secret World of Adult Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding – a natural act of nourishment, a symbol of maternal care, and the cornerstone of infant development. But what about breastfeeding beyond infancy?

Forget everything you think you know about breastfeeding. We’re not talking about chubby cheeks and gurgling newborns here. Buckle up, because we’re diving into the surprising world of adult breastfeeding.

Is Adult Breastfeeding Even a Thing?

Believe it or not, adult breastfeeding, also known as lactation in adults, is a real thing.

So, how common is adult breastfeeding, you might ask? Well, it might not be something you see every day (or maybe you do, thanks to the internet!), but it’s more common than you might think.

In fact, Google data from 2017 showed that the number of searches on how to breastfeed a baby was almost equal to the number of searches on how to breastfeed an adult man. 

There are Indian adult breastfeeding communities and even online communities dedicated to it, offering support and sharing experiences.

Why Would Someone Do This?

People choose adult breastfeeding for all sorts of reasons. Breastfeeding adults find it creates a deeper emotional bond, a feeling of closeness and comfort that goes beyond the physical act. The comfort and security derived from the act can strengthen the adult breastfeeding relationship.

Others are drawn to the potential health benefits of breast milk, which is packed with antibodies and good stuff that might keep adults healthy too. There’s also the historical and cultural angle, with some traditions viewing adult breastfeeding as a sign of respect or a way to heal from illness.

Is Adult Breastfeeding Legal?

Here’s the good news: As long as it’s consensual, adult breastfeeding is perfectly legal. It’s between consenting adults, and there’s no exploitation involved. However, that doesn’t mean everyone’s cool with it. The social stigma surrounding breastfeeding beyond infancy can lead to raised eyebrows and judgmental whispers.

The Internet and Adult Breastfeeding: A Double-Edged Sword

The internet has become a hub for all things… well, everything.  With adult breastfeeding videos garnering both curiosity and concern. While some view them as a source of education or arousal (erotic lactation), others find them unsettling. It’s crucial to ensure these videos are consensual and avoid exploiting individuals. make sure these videos are consensual and avoid exploiting anyone.

Is This a Global Phenomenon?

The answer is a big fat “It depends.” Attitudes towards adult breastfeeding vary across cultures.

In some societies, it might be viewed with acceptance or even as a sacred practice.

For instance, historical evidence suggests a more normal view of adult breastfeeding in ancient Rome, as a sign of filial piety.

On the other hand, some cultures find the whole idea taboo. It’s all about cultural norms and perspectives.

Japanese adult breastfeeding is also common. In Japan,  you can find “lactation bars” where one can order a glass of breastmilk, and there is also an option to straight-up feed “from the source”

In 2014, a prostitution ring was busted in Beijing, where lactating mothers were paid to feed their breast milk to adults.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Adults: Science Says…? (Maybe)

While breast milk is a powerhouse for babies, the jury’s still out on the health benefits for adults.

Many athletes consider breastmilk a miracle remedy and go to remarkable lengths to get it, too. The popular Indian show Mirzapur, set in a rural area, depicts a character with an unusual method for winning a local bodybuilding competition. He believes consuming breast milk is the key to victory and resorts to extreme measures, including violence, to obtain it.

The hormonal changes that happen when someone who isn’t recently pregnant starts lactating haven’t been fully explored yet. So, before you break out the pump, chat with your doctor to understand what you’re getting into.

Can It Be Sexy?

Yep, you read that right.

Some couples incorporate adult breastfeeding into their intimate life, finding it arousing and emotionally connective. This is called erotic lactation, and it’s definitely a niche aspect of adult breastfeeding.

The most important takeaway? Communication is key. Make sure everyone involved is on the same page and comfortable with the level of intimacy.

Let’s Talk About It: Breaking the Stigma

Adult breastfeeding sparks strong reactions, from curiosity to full-blown “ewww.”

But here’s the thing: open and respectful conversation is crucial. Understanding the reasons behind it and approaching the topic without judgment can lead to a more informed and inclusive discussion.

The Future of Adult Breastfeeding: Normal or Niche?

Whether adult breastfeeding becomes more mainstream or stays a niche practice depends on how society embraces it, and what science discovers about its potential benefits.

Openness and responsible representation in media can definitely move the conversation forward.

The Takeaway: There’s More to Breastfeeding Than Meets the Eye

Adult breastfeeding challenges our preconceived notions about this natural act.

By exploring the motivations, cultural contexts, and legalities surrounding it, we can move beyond judgment and foster a more informed discussion.

Remember, breastfeeding is a spectrum, and there’s no shame in exploring its different facets, as long as everyone involved is happy and healthy. Just maybe talk to your doctor first, okay?