p240-241 wrote:Approximately 33 to 50% of mothers described breast feeding as an erotic experience, while some 25% expressed guilt because of the sexual excitement that they felt (von Sydow, 1999). In a few cases the arousal is strong enough to induce orgasm which causes some nursing mothers to abandon breast feeding because of the sexual stimulation (Dickinson, 1949, p. 67; Masters & Johnson, 1966, p. 162). In a questionnaire on orgasm and pregnancy published in a Dutch magazine for women, Gianotten (1988) asked ‘‘Did you experience, while breastfeeding, a sensation of sexual excitement’’, 34% (total n¼153) answered ‘‘Yes’’ and to the question ‘‘Did you experience, while breastfeeding, pleasurable contractions in the uterine region’’, 71% answered ‘‘Yes’’. Of these 153 women who had been breastfeeding who replied to the question ‘‘Did you experience, while breast feeding an orgasm (during or as the result of breastfeeding)’’, 12 (8%) answered ‘‘Yes’’. Ignorance about such normal physiological occurrences can sometimes create gross miscarriages of the law. According to Yalom (1997, p. 254), a mother in Syracuse, New York in 1992 had her two-year-old child taken away from her after admitting that she became aroused on nursing, the authorities claiming that she sexually abused the child. A judge found there was no case and after 8 months the child was returned to the custody not of her mother, but of her grandparents!
From the above information it seems likely that in Western populations, around 8% of mothers are having orgasm(s) while breastfeeding. This triggers the following questions in my mind:
1) Can the suckling child feel the woman (mother or otherwise) orgasming? (My guess is yes)
2) How old can the suckling child 'safely be' before the situation of the orgasming breastfeeder appears obviously perverse? (My guess would be when the child has some awareness of it's own sexual potential)
3) Does a mother orgasming while breastfeeding have any modicum of impact (positive or otherwise) on the child's future life no matter the age of the child?
4) Can it ever be detected that a woman seeking orgasm through breastfeeding primarily for the sexual release is acting in such a way? (It is difficult, in my mind, to ascertain this, and begs the question; does it ever happen, and if so, how often?)
Since at the very least 30% of Western women are experiencing sexual arousal during breastfeeding, it is interesting this topic is not discussed more widely in the public domain. Understandably it is kept taboo because of the alleged health advantages associated with breastfeeding vs the darker areas of sexual indulgence and perversion.