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How to Play With Breasts

Vanessa Marin, Gawker Media

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Breasts are fun to play with, for both the giver and the recipient alike. Some lucky women can even have orgasms from breast play alone. Others need breast play in combination with clitoral or vaginal stimulation. Orgams aside, boobs just feel good!

Here's your field guide to the breast.

Not Everyone Loves Breast Play

Like any other sexual act, consent is important when it comes to breast play. Keep in mind that some people may not want you to play with their breasts. For some people, it's a matter of personal preference; for others, it's a gender identity issue. Trans and genderqueer folks may not want their breasts touched.

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You can directly ask your partner what they feel comfortable with, or you can try slowly tracing your hand across their shoulders and collarbone area. If they tense up or move your hand away, move on to other parts of the body.

Be Sensitive to Timing

Be aware that breast sensitivity changes throughout the month. There will probably be certain points in her cycle where she's much more sensitive than usual. There may even be times when she's too sensitive for any sort of breast play. Don't be surprised if she needs different things from you.

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Breasts also change a lot after a woman has given birth and while she's breastfeeding. She may not want any breast contact for a while, or she may need you to be much more gentle than usual.

No Honking, Please

We're all unique when it comes to how we like our bodies to be touched, but there are few sexual acts more universally despised than the breast honk. I have never met a woman who enjoyed having her breasts squeezed this way (especially not as sexual initiation ). Please don't treat your partner's breasts like old-fashioned horns.

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The same goes with kneading. It just doesn't feel good for most women. Remember Jon Hamm's breast play move on Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids? If you haven't seen it, it's the perfect example of lackluster kneading. Don't pull that move.

In general, breast sensitivity comes from the skin, not from the fat of the breast itself. So honking, kneading, and squeezing don't typically feel as great as stroking and kissing. These moves also neglect the nipple, which tends to be the most sensitive part of the breast (more on this later).

Work with Clothing

You don't need to be in a rush to unclothe your partner's breasts. Breast play can feel pleasurable even through clothing, and it can also be a nice way to tease her. Rub her breasts over her shirt. To evoke a sense of teenage nostalgia, put your hands up her shirt and play with her breasts over her bra. Once you get her shirt off, touch the parts of her breasts that the bra doesn't cover, gliding your fingertips along the top edge of her bra.

Take Your Time

Even once you've gotten her clothes off, you can still take your time teasing her. Spend some time tracing her collarbone with your finger, then kissing along it. Touch and kiss along the sides of the breasts, without going straight for the nipple right away.

Pay Attention to the Underboob and Sideboob

Most people tend to squeeze the entire boob, or focus on just the nipple. That's a shame, because the underboob and sideboob can both be exquisitely sensitive. The areas I'm talking about are where her breast meets her ribcage. As the names imply, the underboob is the lower part of the breast, and the side boob is the outer edge (the side near her armpit).

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This area tends to respond best to delicate touch. Very gently trace a fingertip along this sensitive curve. Start at the outer edge and slowly work your way around to the middle of her chest. You can also do this with your tongue, or with light kisses.

Nipples are Unique

Nipples are sort of like clitorises: some women can hardly stand direct contact, while other women need very firm pressure. As with the clitoris, it's best to err on the side of being too gentle, then work your way up to more pressure. Start off by lightly stroking her nipple and circling the areola (the flat section around the pointy nipple). If your partner pushes her body towards you or makes a lot of noise, try gradually increasing pressure. Or just ask her, "Do you want more?"

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If she wants more intensity, try gently pinching her nipples between your thumb and forefinger. Slowly increase the pressure, and ask her to tell you when it's too much. Or you can try pulling on her nipples. Cup her breast in your hand, and pull on her nipple with your thumb and forefinger, pulling the breast further away from her ribcage. You can also gently twist her nipples, but be careful with this move, as it's pretty intense.

Get Your Mouth Involved

Get your lips, tongue, and teeth involved as well as your hands. You can lick, suck, and nibble on her breasts. Try licking the curve from sideboob to underboob, or sucking or nibbling on her nipples. You can also get some temperature play involved, by licking her breast then lightly blowing onto the area.

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If she likes a lot of pressure, try sucking and biting on her nipples. Again, start off gentle, and gradually increase the pressure until you find what she likes.

Bring in the Toys

You can use vibrators or feather ticklers to create new sensations on her breasts. Even running a silk tie or scarf over her breasts can feel great. If she likes more intense nipple play, you can buy nipple clamps or suckers. You can also try blindfolding her, and touching her breasts with different toys or materials. Not knowing what's coming can be a wildly intense experience. Or try using use lube or massage oil to help your hands really slide around on her breasts.

Ask Her to Touch Them

Another way you can learn what she likes is to ask her to touch her own breasts. This can be especially hot while you're in the middle of another activity, like intercourse or fingering her. Watch the specific ways she touches herself, and try to get a sense of how much pressure she uses.

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