Breastfeeding Quotes

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“Breasts are a scandal because they shatter the border between motherhood and sexuality.”
Iris Marion Young

“Imagine that the world had created a new 'dream product' to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce the risk of cancer. Then imagine that the world refused to use it.”
Frank A. Oski

Diana Gabaldon
“When you hold a child to your breast to nurse, the curve of the little head echoes exactly the curve of the breast it suckles, as though this new person truly mirrors the flesh from which it sprang.”
Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber

Christopher Hitchens
“Attempts to locate oneself within history are as natural, and as absurd, as attempts to locate oneself within astronomy. On the day that I was born, 13 April 1949, nineteen senior Nazi officials were convicted at Nuremberg, including Hitler's former envoy to the Vatican, Baron Ernst von Weizsacker, who was found guilty of planning aggression against Czechoslovakia and committing atrocities against the Jewish people. On the same day, the State of Israel celebrated its first Passover seder and the United Nations, still meeting in those days at Flushing Meadow in Queens, voted to consider the Jewish state's application for membership. In Damascus, eleven newspapers were closed by the regime of General Hosni Zayim. In America, the National Committee on Alcoholism announced an upcoming 'A-Day' under the non-uplifting slogan: 'You can drink—help the alcoholic who can't.' ('Can't'?) The International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled in favor of Britain in the Corfu Channel dispute with Albania. At the UN, Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko denounced the newly formed NATO alliance as a tool for aggression against the USSR. The rising Chinese Communists, under a man then known to Western readership as Mao Tze-Tung, announced a limited willingness to bargain with the still-existing Chinese government in a city then known to the outside world as 'Peiping.'

All this was unknown to me as I nuzzled my mother's breast for the first time, and would certainly have happened in just the same way if I had not been born at all, or even conceived. One of the newspaper astrologists for that day addressed those whose birthday it was:

There are powerful rays from the planet Mars, the war god, in your horoscope for your coming year, and this always means a chance to battle if you want to take it up. Try to avoid such disturbances where women relatives or friends are concerned, because the outlook for victory upon your part in such circumstances is rather dark. If you must fight, pick a man!

Sage counsel no doubt, which I wish I had imbibed with that same maternal lactation, but impartially offered also to the many people born on that day who were also destined to die on it.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Michael Moore
“They convinced our mothers that if a food item came in a bottle -- or a can or a box or a cellophane bag -- then it was somehow better for you than when it came to you free of charge via Mother Nature....An entire generation of us were introduced in our very first week to the concept that phony was better than real, that something manufactured was better than something that was right there in the room. (Later in life, this explained the popularity of the fast food breakfast burrito, neocons, Kardashians, and why we think reading this book on a tiny screen with only three minutes of battery life left is enjoyable.”
Michael Moore, Here Comes Trouble

Kathleen Huggins
“But the overwhelming number of mothers who think they have too little milk have babies who are taking plenty of milk and are gaining weight well. These mothers have based their conclusions on misinformation or a misinterpretation of their babies' behavior.”
Kathleen Huggins, The Nursing Mother's Guide to Weaning

Adrienne  Carmack
“Breastfeeding does not have to be hard. Breastfeeding is natural. With rare exceptions, it becomes hard only because of all the interference caused by the medicalization of birth and unsupportive culture. Animals breastfeed instinctively with no need for supplementation, classes, or support. We as humans also have these instincts. We have become so disconnected. Breastfeeding my children has been one of my greatest joys in life, and I am filled with sorrow when I imagine how many mothers and infants haven’t been able to experience this because of misinformation.”
Adrienne Carmack, Reclaiming My Birth Rights

Emer O'Toole
“Even within our culture, there are times when breasts stop being read as bouncy sex balls: when women are breastfeeding, there's pretty wide acceptance of the fact that shouting 'phwoar' is bad form.”
Emer O'Toole, Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently

“The influence of bottle-feeding makes many people think that ‘nipple sucking’ is breastfeeding. It is not. If the baby sucks his mother’s nipples as he would a bottle teat, it damn well hurts.”
Gabrielle Palmer, The Politics of Breastfeeding: When Breasts Are Bad for Business

Cassi Clark
“If we wear our nursing covers backwards like capes, then everyone can see we're breastfeeding superheroes.”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding Is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do it Anyway

Sarah Manguso
“In my experience nursing is waiting. The mother becomes the background against which the baby lives, becomes time. I used to exist against the continuity of time. Then I became the baby's continuity, a background of ongoing time for him to live against. I was the warmth and milk that was always there for him, the agent of comfort that was always there for him.

My body, my life, became the landscape of my son's life. I am no longer merely a thing living in the world; I am a world.”
Sarah Manguso, The Two Kinds of Decay

Cassi Clark
“The physical relief of having fully drained boobs cannot be overstated.”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do It Anyway

Giulia Enders
“Breast milk is so beneficial that a more or less well-nourished mother need not do any more than suckle her baby to ensure it is receiving a healthy diet. When it comes to the nutrients it contains, breast milk provides everything that dietary scientists believe children need in order to thrive - it is the best dietary supplement ever. It contains everything, knows everything, and can do everything necessary for a child's well-being. And, as if that weren't enough, it has the added advantage of passing on a bit of Mom's immune system to her offspring.”
Giulia Enders, Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

“Breastfeeding reminds us of the universal truth of abundance; the more we give out, the more we are filled up, and that divine nourishment - the source from which we all draw - is, like a mother's breast, ever full and ever flowing.”
Sarah Buckley

Cassi Clark
“I think I would scream too if someone violently jammed a big ass breast in my mouth.”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do It Anyway

Julia Glass
“The older Kit gets, the less confident he feels judging other people as spouses or parents. These days, driving past the home of the Naked Hemp Society, he finds himself more curious than contemptuous about their easily ridiculed New Age ways. Why shouldn't they nurse their babies till age four? Why shouldn't they want to keep their children away from factory-farmed meats, from clothing soaked in fire-retardant chemicals, from dull-witted burned-out public school teachers whose tenure is all too easily approved? Why not frolic naked in the sprinkler---under the full moon, perhaps? Why not turn one's family into a small nurturing country protected by a virtual moat?”
Julia Glass, And the Dark Sacred Night

Cassi Clark
“Heaven is the feeling of hand warmers on sore nipples.”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do It Anyway

Cassi Clark
“Go hug a nursing mom -- but not too hard. Her boobs may hurt.”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do It Anyway

Cassi Clark
“I can absolutely assure you that birth is nothing like holding an ice cube in your hand for a minute and breathing through the "pain.”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do It Anyway

Cassi Clark
“In case you haven't heard, let me tell you now, babies do not come out knowing how to breastfeed.”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding Is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do It Anyway

Cassi Clark
“If nursing were easy, there wouldn't be so many helpful products.”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding Is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do it Anyway

Cassi Clark
“Though breastfeeding is supposed to the most natural thing ever, it seems like a rich-people sport for all the stuff we buy to help.”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding Is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do It Anyway

Alice Callahan
“We do science because we want to understand the truth. It is a constant, ongoing pursuit to understand our own biology so that we can make smart choices at an individual and policy level. If the science of breastfeeding is used first and foremost as a tool for breastfeeding promotion, we compromise public trust in science. Biased information about breastfeeding also sets up infant feeding as a debate, which sometimes escalates to mommy war status, and it doesn't need to be either of these.”
Alice Callahan, The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year

Cassi Clark
“Successful breastfeeding take courage, resilience, patience, and support and it always has. If your partner or support group hasn't piled on the accolades for your heroism, then let them know you will expect oohs and has when you make it through the first two to three months (no matter how you got there) and your baby is happy and healthy -- because you are awesome!”
Cassi Clark, Breastfeeding Is a Bitch: But We Lovingly Do it Anyway

Jessica Bates
“I try to feel my own edges in the
low light. I send my mind to the
outer edges of me — where do I end?
I send myself to my innermost edges,
and I see that in both directions 
I am infinite.”
Jessica Bates, Birth & What Came After: poems on motherhood

“Las tetas desnudas se han vuelto tan ubicuas como Dios, las ratas y las partículas de diésel. De hecho, hoy en día hay tanto tetamen a la vista en toda clase de entornos distintos que a veces no nos deja ver esa sociedad profundamente injusta que cosifica, degrada y trivializa la imagen de la mujer, reduciéndola a un par de tetas.
La actitud en torno a las tetas que se exhiben en público llega a ser muy desconcertante. Por ejemplo, están permitidas entre las páginas de un diario que se distribuye en el Parlamento británico, pero no lo están en el hotel Claridge’s de Londres cuando van adosadas a una mujer que amamanta.”
Bridget Christie, A Book for Her

“Discrimination is the most polite word for abuse aka denying equal opportunity by anyone in power based on age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.”
Ramesh Lohia

“Breast milk is like the well that never stops giving.”
Titilayo Medunoye

“We should understand the mother and child as a mutually responsive dyad. They are a symbiotic unit that make each other healthier and happier in mutual responsiveness. This expands to other caregivers too.
-Darcia Narvaez”
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Impact of Sleep Training and Cry It Out: Excerpt from the Science of Mother-Infant Sleep

L.R. Knost
“New mothers are often told that once they've fed, burped, and changed their baby they should leave their baby alone to self-soothe if they cry because all of their needs have been met. One day I hope all new mothers will smile confidently and say, "I gave birth to a baby, not just a digestive system. My baby as a brain that needs to learn trust and a heart that needs love. I will meet all of my baby's needs, emotional, mental, and physical, and I'll respond to every cry because crying is communication, not manipulation.”
L.R. Knost, Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages

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