My Breasts and Me

Baby eating mother's milk. Mother breastfeeding baby. Beautiful mom breast feeding her newborn child. Young woman nursing and feeding baby. Concept of lactation infant.
Baby eating mother's milk. Mother breastfeeding baby. Beautiful mom breast feeding her newborn child. Young woman nursing and feeding baby. Concept of lactation infant.

My breasts were removed when it was found that there was cancer in them. It was, as you must know, rather devastating for all the usual reasons. A challenge to my immortality was high on the list. The miseries of chemotherapy, and adding baldness to an already imperfect body did not help. It was clearly not the best of times.

But luckily, those breasts had served me well and were ready for retirement. While I would have hoped for a gentler transition, the abrupt farewell is what it was. However, luckily they had done their job.

Breastfeeding four children ranks high on my life’s meaningful accomplishments. It also ranks high in the absolute utter joy and thrill of those beautiful moments, especially in the quiet of the night, when it was just baby and me, rocking tranquilly, listening to the lullaby that I crooned. The knowledge that this was a great benefit to the baby added to the ecstasy. How I loved each baby as she or he gently suckled, swallowing each delicious drop.

And what a miracle it all was. How did my body know that now, after the delivery, was the time to begin filling with milk, the only food my baby needed to get a wonderful life affirming start to life. My body was so determined to breastfeed that I often thought it would refuse to stop. But the miracle always continued and each baby gradually weaned and learned to enjoy additional nourishment.

The benefits of breastfeeding to mother and infant are widely known. No arguments about this subject. It’s accepted that breastfeeding is one of the good guys. The proof is in. And, in addition, it’s free and convenient, and needs no equipment. It’s just entirely perfect.

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So how could politics get involved with breastfeeding? Just ask the Trump administration!

First of all it seems pretty likely that Donald’s fixation with breasts is not on nurturing innocent babies. Look at Stormy!

And his love of children is also questionable. How many imprisoned refugee kids do there have to be before America’s soulless politicians will say:  Enough!

But we are now at war. The love of breastfeeding in our country has apparently caused a loss to manufacturers of bottled infant formula. So third world countries, where impoverished and often illiterate mothers can barely afford food for their children, are being educated to the notion that bottle is better than breast. And their nations are being threatened and browbeaten by our powerful United States of America.

Really. You can’t make this stuff up. The battle of the breasts indeed.

And so, when it’s your body you should be able to do with it what you want. And that means even if you’re a poverty stricken Ecuadorean. Breast is best Donald. And I thought nothing you did could still shock me. Wrong again.

About the Author
Rosanne Skopp is a wife, mother of four, grandmother of fourteen, and great-grandmother of one. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and travels back and forth between homes in New Jersey and Israel. She is currently writing a family history.
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