Boobs. Ta-Tas. Knockers. The Girls. The Twins. A rack. Hooters. Breasts.
Yep, there are many names for the mammary glands sitting on your chest. And before you have a baby, chances are you only think of them as something to be admired, hoisted, boosted and enhanced.
Before I had my first child, I made sure to check out a breastfeeding class at the hospital. A lactation consultant took us through the nursing process, showed videos and diagrams and answered any and all questions.
My mom had breastfed me and my two younger sisters until we were each about a year old, so it was a pretty natural, normal occurrence in my house. But when it came to my personal feelings about breastfeeding, I was definitely on the fence.
As I sat in the classroom watching women on video whip out their boobs and stick them in their infants’ mouths, I felt a little uneasy. Actually I felt very uneasy.
To me, breasts were a purely sexual entity. Their sole purpose was to entice members of the opposite sex (or same sex) to find a woman attractive. They were tools during sex. They were not meant to be anything else. I even wondered if the men in the class found the nursing women’s breasts to be a turn-on? Clearly my mind was stuck in the gutter.
I did, however, decide that I would breastfeed for one reason: it’s free. The thought of paying for food for my infant when I didn’t have to just didn’t jive with me.
So when my daughter was born, I placed her on my breast to eat. It was a struggle at first but eventually we got it down.
Almost instantly, any strange feelings I had toward breastfeeding melted away. Now my boobs’ sole role was to feed her. They weren’t objects to be fondled or sexualized; they were milk producers that kept her full and happy.
That is how they remained until I weaned her at about 15 months. Now I see breasts as rather dichotomous: both a food source and a pleasure source. Certainly, when I have another baby though, they’ll go back to just being udders. And I again, will be one Udderly Hot Mama in beautiful nursing tops and pumping shirts!
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