These Breasts Were Made for Nursing

Welcome to the I Love Me! Carnival!

This post was written for inclusion in the I Love Me! Carnival hosted by Amy at Anktangle. This carnival is all about love of self, challenging you to lift yourself up, just for being you.

Please read to the bottom to find a list of submissions from the other carnival participants.

Photo by Nico

Too big. Too little. Perky or tired. Breasts never seem to measure up to what media tells us they should be. My breasts are not the perfect globes of wonder used to sell cars and beer. I’d have to say they really didn’t have any redeeming qualities until I became a mother. And then, despite having supply issues, which once again made them inferior, they found their niche.

They make milk, nourishing and comforting my children. They serve a purpose beyond ornamentation. It’s a different view of womanhood. Instead of being womanly because they are viewed as sexy by the opposite sex, they are womanly because they are serving an inherently feminine purpose. I can embrace that. These breasts were made for nursing.

Thank you for reading this post from the I Love Me! Carnival. Please take some time to read the contributions from the other carnival participants:

(This list will be updated by the afternoon of October 28th with all the carnival links.)

  • The Art of Being Thoughtful – Becky at Old New Legacy likes that she is mostly thoughtful but wants to become more thoughtful. She shares a story that demonstrates that giving gifts doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • I love me (and running)! – Sheryl of Little Snowflakes writes about her new love of running and how it has helped her learn to love herself!
  • For the Love of Moe – Valerie at Momma in Progress shares her thoughts on a body forever changed, but forever loved.
  • Where I Find My Worth – Sarah at Parenting God’s Children shares how finding her worth in worldly things always falls short.
  • Oh Yeah, I’m Cool – Tree at Mom Grooves shares her very favorite gift and the thing she most wants to pass on to her daughter.
  • Loving – Rosemary at Rosmarinus Officinalis talks about some of the things she loves about herself – some easily, and some by choice for the sake of healing.
  • Baby Strikes A Pose – Emma from Your Fonder Heart writes about her family’s decision not to let their 7 month old model, and uses the opportunity to think more deeply about girls (young and old) and how they determine their self-worth.
  • I Love Me! – A Rampage of Appreciation! – Terri at Child of the Nature Isle stops waiting for anyone else to tell her she is wonderful and goes on a rampage of appreciation for herself!
  • Raising Healthy Daughters – In a guest post at Natural Parents Network, Kate Wicker offers tips to pass on a healthy self-image to the young ladies in our care.
  • Unexpected Benefits of a Healthy Pregnancy – How does it feel to have a healthy pregnancy? Dionna at Code Name: Mama discovers that making positive choices can be empowering.
  • Filling Up Our Watering Cans – Nada at miniMOMist believes that practicing Sabbath is the same as being a gardener who lovingly tends to the flowers in her garden. She needs to fill up her watering can first.
  • Better Body by Baby – Jess from Mama ‘Roo and Family Too! shares how having her first baby makes her feel even more beautiful and confident about her body than ever before.
  • These Breasts Were Made for Nursing – Becoming a mother helped Mandy from Living Peacefully with Children to embrace her womanhood and improve her self image.
  • Yeah, I’m Pretty Cool – Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro writes about her own self love and how she hopes to foster the same self-respect in her children.
  • Who I’ve Become – The future is bright with That Mama Gretchen who shares her past and present perspective on body image and how she hopes to become a change agent with her daughter.
  • Ever-Evolving Me – Joella at Fine and Fair writes to her daughter about her innate drive to continue learning, growing, and evolving.
  • I love you for your mind – Lauren at Hobo Mama turns a dubious phrase on its head with a little self-loving slam poetry.
  • Stop Think of Love with Your Body – Amy of Peace 4 Parents shares an exercise to gradually transition from hating to loving your body – stretch marks, sags, imperfections, and all.
  • I Love Me! – Jenny @ I’m a full-time mummy shares the things that she loves about herself!
  • caught in a landslide – jaqbuncad of wakey wakey, eggs and bakey! shares a list of reasons why zie loves hir body.
  • Love Your Tree – How do you picture the ways your body and mind change? Amy at Anktangle writes about how trees help her have perspective about her own growth over time.
  • Pumpkin Butt – Zoie at TouchstoneZ writes about how birth and pumpkins are the way to accepting her body
  • I do love me – Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes talks about the lessons about loving herself she wants to pass along to her daughter.
  • Appreciating Who I Am – Linni at An Unschooling Adventure describes the things she likes about herself and the way she appreciates who she is as a person.
  • I love me! : A journey – Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry shares her journey on arriving at the point where she can say: I love me!
  • My Daughter Doesn’t Care So Why Should I? – Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama calls herself on the carpet for the image of self love and beauty she portrays in front of her toddler.
  • Finding out who I am – Melissa at Vibrant Wanderings shares an exercise that helped her identify positive qualities she possesses, and how that has helped her learn to love herself.

10 thoughts on “These Breasts Were Made for Nursing

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  1. Yes they were! I really enjoyed reading this ode to your breasts! I share with you a new appreciation for my breasts since I’ve been nursing. I really do feel like I have a superpower now! =)

  2. “…they are womanly because they are serving an inherently feminine purpose. ” This is so very true. Like you and Amy, I have a new appreciation for my breasts – my whole body really, now that it has served the feminine purpose of growing and nurturing a child. It does good work! 🙂 Thanks for this sweet and simple ode to an important body part!

  3. I read your beautiful post while nursing my own baby. What you’ve written is so very true. What power we have to not only grow a Life but then continue to nourish it long after birth. What incredible creatures we are!

  4. I love this post. Breastfeeding has not only helped to reshape my body image in a positive way (I remain in awe that my body grows babies with the milk it miraculously produces), but it has helped me to better appreciate my overall femininity. I am woman! Hear my baby gulp down milk from this glorious, feminine body of mine!

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. (I enjoyed while I nursed my son!)

  5. This is so true! I’ve really had to rethink my breasts; they were always such an important part of my femininity and sexuality, and now they look too big and floppy. Ha ha. It’s something I’m having to come to terms with. But this helps. Thanks.

  6. Ha! Love this! I have always had a love/hate thing with my breasts. Some days there were too small and other days they were a reminder than many men only saw my rack and not me.

    Breastfeeding has made me a lot more comfortable with my breasts as well as proud of what they can do. Thank you for a great post.

  7. A few weeks ago I said to my Partner-Guy “I found something new between my breasts! My belly button!” And then we both laughed our heads off! I’m so glad he GETS IT that my body just ain’t the same as it was 10 years ago, because neither is his!
    Yes, my breasts were made for nursing, too. In fact, they’ve been doing it for the past 7 straight years (4 kids in close succession….)

    Joy to you!

  8. I’ve always been proud of my breasts. Vain, I know. But it wasn’t until I started nursing and nourishing my child that I truly became proud of my breasts. No longer am I proud of them for the attention they can attract or the joy they give my hubby (ok, so maybe I’m still happy about that one!) but I’m proud of them for single-handedly growng our daughter. Now that’s amazing! Great post 🙂

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