*This story was originally published in 2016.
Twenty years ago, Jennifer Mulford breastfed her daughter for eight months.
Now she’s breastfeeding again, but this time it’s not a baby or a toddler, it’s her partner. The couple have gone public about it in an attempt, Jennifer says, to normalise inhibitions around adult breastfeeding or ‘Adult Breastfeeding Relationships.’
The 36-year-old breastfeeding enthusiast told The Sun in 2016 that since she met her partner Brad – a body builder and father of one – she quit her job so that she can devote herself to establishing breastfeeding him.
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She said that she had always been interested in adult breastfeeding and had tried to find a suitable partner through dating sites. She finally opened up to Brad, an old boyfriend from high school and when he expressed interest together they formed a relationship.
She says, “It was like a light switched flicked in his head. I could tell from his voice that he was curious and excited.”
She said: “At that moment I knew that I had a partner for life.”
“We both wanted the same thing out of the relationship – a magical bond that only breastfeeding can achieve.”
As she has not given birth her body is not lactating so she needs to “dry feed” to fool her body into producing milk.
She told the newspaper “I’ve taken a break from my job because I want to devote everything to making this work,” she said.
The couple nurse every two hours.
Jennifer Mulford and her partner. Via Facebook.
“Nights have been a struggle because Brad sleeps so peacefully but we manage to cope – until he falls asleep latched onto me, which is beautiful,”
She says she uses a hand pump at times if her partner is out and takes Mother’s Milk Tea to help bring in her supply.
Brad – a “gym junkie” has said he is looking forward to what he perceives will be the benefits in breastmilk for his training regime. This is despite a recent medical journal article showing that human milk has no benefits for adults whatsoever. In fact it contains less protein than cow's milk and can even be dangerous to consume.