Adult Nursing Relationship (ANR)

Last Updated: February 12, 2018

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Definition - What does Adult Nursing Relationship (ANR) mean?

An adult nursing relationship (ANR) is a partnership between a breastfeeding adult, usually a male, and a female who breastfeeds him. The people in an adult nursing relationship may be romantically and/or sexually involved or simply enjoy the act of nursing.

Kinkly explains Adult Nursing Relationship (ANR)

People in adult nursing relationships enjoy the intimate bond that nursing creates, inspired by the release of oxytocin for the woman. Men enjoy the opportunity to get up close and personal with their partner’s breasts. Many also feel comforted by nursing, perhaps as they remember the calm they felt when soothed by their mothers as infants.

Adult nursing relationships can form naturally between an established couple. On other occasions people seek out people they can form adult nursing relationships with. Online communities help connect people who want to breastfeed with lactating women happy to breastfeed adults.

Sometimes people in adult nursing relationships participate in age play, where the breastfeeding adult is an adult baby. However, this isn’t always the case. Some people simply enjoy breastfeeding but have no desire to regress into other infantile activities.

While adult nursing relationships usually involve lactation, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes adults may nurse without drinking milk, especially if the woman has stopped nursing or never had a child. “Dry nursing,” manual stimulation, pumping, and herbal remedies can start lactation though.

Engaging in an adult nursing relationship is totally safe. Breast milk is full of vitamins and nutrients and safe for adults to drink. Nursing an adult carries no more risk than nursing a baby. Women can get sensitive nipples and a breast infection called mastitis, but the risk is no greater in an adult nursing relationship than in a typical nursing relationship between a mother and her infant. Most women should also produce enough milk to nurse their child and an adult partner.

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