Thursday, January 07, 2010

Thursday Quotes-

And now for your Thursday reading pleasure...some Breastfeeding quotes*:

Breastfeeding is an unsentimental metaphor for how love works, in a way. You don't decide how much and how deeply to love - you respond to the beloved, and give with joy exactly as much as they want. ~Marni Jackson

No one could give her such soothing and sensible consolation as this little three-month-old creature when he lay at her breast and she felt the movement of his lips and the snuffling of his tiny nose. ~Leo Tolstoy

If a multinational company developed a product that was a nutritionally balanced and delicious food, a wonder drug that both prevented and treated disease, cost almost nothing to produce and could be delivered in quantities controlled by the consumers' needs, the very announcement of their find would send their shares rocketing to the top of the stock market. The scientists who developed the product would win prizes and the wealth and influence of everyone involved would increase dramatically. Women have been producing such a miraculous substance, breastmilk, since the beginning of human existence. ~Gabrielle Palmer

A baby nursing at a mother's breast... is an undeniable affirmation of our rootedness in nature. ~David Suzuki

A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three. ~Grantly Dick-Read

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

Breast Feeding should not be attempted by fathers with hairy chests, since they can make the baby sneeze and give it wind. ~
Mike Harding, The Armchair Anarchist's Almanac, 1981

My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard. ~
David Allen

When an actress takes off her clothes onscreen but a nursing mother is told to leave, what message do we send about the roles of women? In some ways we're as committed to the old madonna-whore dichotomy as ever. And the madonna stays home, feeding the baby behind the blinds, a vestige of those days when for a lady to venture out was a flagrant act of public exposure. ~Anna Quindlen

When we trust the makers of baby formula more than we do our own ability to nourish our babies, we lose a chance to claim an aspect of our power as women. Thinking that baby formula is as good as breast milk is believing that thirty years of technology is superior to three million years of nature's evolution. Countless women have regained trust in their bodies through nursing their children, even if they weren't sure at first that they could do it. It is an act of female power, and I think of it as feminism in its purest form. ~Christine Northrup

In modern consumer society, the attack on mother-child eroticism took its total form; breastfeeding was proscribed and the breasts reserved for the husband's fetishistic delectation. At the same time, babies were segregated, put into cold beds alone and not picked up if they cried. ~Germaine Greer

*Quotes from The Quote Garden


  1. I loved these! Thanks for the spiritual boost, I really needed it today. Especially after reading this status that my sister's friend put up:

    "Who cares what nursing does or doesn't do to cancer risks, your undergarments color is no one's business, keep them discreetly covered if you're nursing in public (preferably in another room so I don't have to be uncomfortable by you playing with them under your shirt as you get situated, and so on and so forth concerning any "status updates" about those parts of anatomy. I don't want to hear it (or rather see it)!"

    My word, how close-minded! And I think what is saddest is that this is a young mother!

    Okay, my brain stopped working, so this is the end.

  2. That is just horrible. Close minded isn't all that comes to mind when I read that. I guess for some ignorance is bliss?

    Some women don't get the importance of either breastfeeding or being aware of the 2nd most prolific killer to women in the US. A killer that when detected early is 90% curable!

    I lost a very dear aunt to breast cancer and the primary reason I choose to breastfeed was because I had learned how it would reduce both my and my babes risks of getting that horrible disease!

    Of course that initial reason was bolstered by ALL the other amazing reasons to give my little ones the most perfect food.