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.
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.
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! =)
“…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!
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!
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!)
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.
You made me tear up. What a wonderful narrative.
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.
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!
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 🙂
Agree with you 100%, I too, see my breasts in a new light now that I nurse my son. Thanks for sharing 🙂