There are all sorts of ways to bond in an adult relationship: sex, mutual interests, life experiences—just to name a few. Here’s one way of bonding that has raised more than a few eyebrows, not to mention plenty of giggles. And it gives a whole new meaning to the term "extended breastfeeding."
Jennifer Mulford breastfeeds her boyfriend. She even quit her job because he needs round-the-clock feeding.
Apparently, Adult Breastfeeding Relationships (ABR) are a thing. There are entire websites dedicated to people finding others who are interested in this type of relationship. Who knew?
"When I read about the pure joy it brought others, I was desperate to seek out a partner to share an emotional bond with," Mulford told The Sun.
Mulford, who’s 36 and lives in Atlanta, first used dating and ABR sites, and even put an ad on Craigslist, but didn’t have much luck. Discouraged, she starting chatting about her desires with her ex-boyfriend, Brad Leeson, who she knew from school. Leeson was open to the idea.
“We were talking, and Brad told me he had a thing for big-breasted women, and that size had always been a factor in relationships,” she said. “We both wanted the same thing out of relationships—a magical bond that only breastfeeding can achieve.”
Since Mulford hadn’t breastfed in 20 years, she didn’t have milk to feed Leeson, so she had to "dry feed." Yep, that’s what you think it is.
A primer for those who do not know: It involves Leeson suckling on her breasts to get the milk flowing.
This bonding ritual was such a time suck that Mulford had to leave her bartending job to be able to feed Leeson every couple of hours in order for him to get enough nourishment. If mouth-on-nipple doesn’t work, Mulford uses a breast pump or her hand.
They also set an alarm so Leeson can "feed" during the night. (I know, it’s totally cringeworthy.)
Mulford says she admits it is tough to distinguish between nurturing and sex because there is also an erotic level to feeding time. She says the first few sessions were tricky because the temptation to have sex was there. Now she says it’s getting easier.
Mulford and Leeson’s special bonding moments also begs the question: Does she feed him in public? No. Mulford says that while she is proud of her relationship, she does not want to feed him public.
She says she likes how after having a stressful day, Leeson can latch on and all she’ll feel is peace. “It’s a bond that no one can come between.”
I doubt anyone would even want to try.