Thoughtful Thursday: Breasts. Fun or food?

Breasts. For feeding or for fun?

There is a fairly significant portion of women who don’t breastfeed because they don’t feel comfortable or think breastfeeding is “gross.” Many of these women feel this way because they perceive their breasts as sexual objects.

Others claim that breasts are not and never were sexual objects. They exist only for the nourishment of our babies.

Yes, women have breasts for the purpose of nourishing our young. It’s why our breasts exist in the first place. But our breasts are also part of what makes us uniquely female, and we can celebrate that with our significant others. Yet our breasts do not belong to either our children or our partners. They belong to us. We decide how they are used. It is completely possible for us to give our babies the very best food on the planet, and enjoy our breasts in intimate moments with our partners. Babies are too young to understand the sexual aspect of breasts – breastfeeding is just normal to them. Our partners are old enough to understand that our babies need the best start in life. And we can choose a balance – sometimes, that’s what being a mother is all about – we wear many hats.

Answer: Both.

Some facts:

  • Breastfeeding does not cause saggy boobs. That happens because of age, gravity, and genetics.
  • Breastfeeding is like exercising while you are sitting in your chair. You can burn about 500 calories per day!
  • Breastmilk is the perfect food for a baby. It provides an amazing amount of protections and lifelong benefits.

“While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby.”  ~Amy Spangler

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