On Fet lately, I've been reading several threads about submissives and/or their Masters wanting forced lactation as part of their service. I realize there is a fairly big kink out their for women with milky breasts but perhaps coincidentally, both submissives I read regarding this subject were very young (from my perspective anyway).
Now, I breast fed my kids - probably, among the four of them for a total of more than 6 years as duration of breastfeeding ranged from a minimum of a year to a maximum of almost 2 (in fact, a wee bit over). I LOVED it - apart from the benefits to the child, I found it immensely satisfying to me on an emotional and dare I say, even spiritual level. It also provided me some very important personal time with each baby- something in short supply as I had 4 kids in less than 6 years.
But reading these journals, I thought to myself that therein speaks individuals who really do not understand what is involved in breastfeeding.
First, without the pregnancy hormones, it is very difficult to force lactation and many women must take some form of hormone therapy (with all the attendant side effects) to get the milk flowing. Without that, using manual methods such as suctioning etc, a tremendous commitment of time is involved - because it has be done frequently, often and for extended periods in order to successfully induce lactation; realistically, that would be difficult for most people who have jobs, school, family commitments, etc.
Now, once the individual is successful and her breasts start to fill with milk, what then?
Again, nursing, nursing, nursing and/or express, express, express.... becuase milk production is ultimately, a demand and supply process - the more a baby (or Master) nurses, the more milk is produced. Cut the nursing (or the expressing) and LESS milk. So, that means, regardless of whether either party "feels" like it, nursing or expressing MUST take place every day and probably several times a day - no matter what the schedule.
So again, given a nice full supply of milk is available and ongoing - think then about other repercussions. I know that when breastfeeding, my breasts had an unfortunate tendency to react to ANY baby's cry LOL - so I could be standing in line at a grocery store, a baby several aisles over will cry and BOOM, down comes the milk....
Because for the uninformed, milk doesn't just drip out (although it can, if the breasts are uncomfortably swollen), but is "let down". There are these little ducts that encircle the nipples which act as little "damns" .... when the brain signals, then the damns open - simplistic but effective. Nursing will do that, but so too can triggers (such as the one mentioned above). This means wearing a lot of protection simply as a precaution - I always had to wear pads in my bras to deal with this issue of let down and even so, there were times when the front of my shirt was soaked. Again, for the uninitiated, when breasts DO let down, they SPRAY... released to the air, I've had spray go several feet... and a LOT of fluid can result in quite a mess!
Yet another quirk is that once established, a woman tends to 'let down' eaiser and easier ... which means any manipulation of the breasts can induce the milk to flow ... not always a desirable outcome when involved in other pursuits and not focused on that particular desire.
There is also the issue of sore nipples - which obviously is not insurmountable but care must be taken and patience exerted while the tender breasts (yes, even masochist ones) get used to the chafing!
I think the biggeset impediment to consider is the ongoing effort which would be required in order to maintain lactation - the reality is that constant and regular nursing or expressing has to be done, no matter what the schedule, inclination and/or desire.
Now I could be wrong, but I think many of those who find the concept of a lactating submissive provcative and desirable, really have not thought through the realities ... and both parties have to seriously look at the commitment of time, effort and weight the benefits against the possible side effects.
While not my kink, I don't see the harm in forced lactation either but I do think some serious thought has to go into ALL the repercussions before decided to go that route!