The True Beauty of… Breasts – Beauty of Woman #BOAW16

Wow. May 2016. Where has the time gone? It has been almost a year since my last blog post. Okay; it has been a year. I guess life gets in the way sometimes—a lot of the time.

Motherhood has really changed my life—for the better—but changed, nonetheless. Everything has taken a backseat, especially my writing (and household chores). My Little Dude is a month from his second birthday and…shhhh…we’re expecting our second. That’s my first public admission of this pregnancy.

Despite my social media life, I am a very private person. But between the preparation for our new addition AND August’s 5th annual Beauty of a Woman Blogfest, I knew I had something to say.

I know – people who know me say this is nothing out of the ordinary.

But seriously. Time to blog.

Waterolor beautiful girl. Vector illustration of woman beauty salon

My perspective on a woman’s beauty has changed. Maybe not so much changed, but grown by leaps and bounds.

By definition, beauty is the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations, a meaningful design or platform, or something else.

I’ve always seen the beauty, both internally and externally of a woman. However, having undergone the many changes I have the past two and a half years, I now have a deeper appreciation… a deeper understanding… and a deeper love—for myself, other women, and the female body. More specifically, boobs, or the scientific terminology, breasts.

Men have always appreciated a woman’s breasts. But have we as women appreciated our breasts as much as the men? Probably not. We’re our worst critics. I bet as a whole, we complain a lot about the pair we have… much like our hair, our thighs, and any other body part we deem imperfect. Notice I said we deem

But guess what? Our breasts are AMAZING!

Small, large, super-sized, droopy, perky, it doesn’t matter.

All boobs rock!

I certainly didn’t appreciate my “girls” until experiencing breastfeeding firsthand. Our breasts aren’t just an aesthetic body part to improve our physical appearance; although they don’t hurt it either. Our breasts serve a purpose—to feed our young. Having not been breastfed (well, I wouldn’t remember anyway, would I?) or being around breastfeeding prior to having my son, I didn’t really grasp just how amazing breasts actually were. I guess I was kind of like a man—I saw a “good pair” and thought WOW.

Not anymore. I truly get it now.

From the moment our body completes the mind-boggling and precious process we know as childbirth, our breasts produce the food necessary for our offspring. As our babies grow and change, our milk supply grows and changes with them, giving them the exact, THE EXACT nutrition our child needs. No two nursings are alike—breastfeeding is constantly evolving to our baby’s needs.

Amazing, right? I need a new word for amazing…

It doesn’t stop there.

Our breasts produce the antibodies our kiddos need to fight off ailments. Without getting too scientific, their saliva enters the breast through one of the many milk ducts and our body recognizes when something is “off.” The female body then produces exactly what the baby needs to help fight whatever it is that is wrong. All through the boob.

Amazing, right? There I go again with that word… but it is. Truly.

Now, breastfeeding isn’t for all mothers and that’s okay. My mother didn’t breastfeed me and I personally think I turned out fine and I love her to death.

However, I knew I wanted to try for my Little Dude and I wanted to go for as long as I could. When I first hit the six month mark, I was thrilled, but I wasn’t ready to stop. Next we accomplished twelve months, which was fantastic… but my husband and I made the decision to keep going. When it’s all said and done, my son and I made it to eighteen months before calling it quits.

And guess what? We had ZERO non-well visits to his pediatrician in that time. No ear infections, no nothing. If he happened to get a runny nose, I nursed more and his tiny little common cold never progressed.

Simply amazing. Forget it—I’m not looking for another word any longer. Amazing says it all.

For whatever reason, some people are offended by women breastfeeding in public. Why it’s okay for a woman to show cleavage and be sexy, yet it’s not for her to feed her little one the best nutrients he or she can possibly receive is beyond me.

But society freaks. While I’m for it (I’m a BIG breastfeeding advocate), let’s all be mindful of others.  On both sides. Always.

And remember…

The true beauty of breasts… it’s AMAZING!

My Little Dude and Me (copyright Tiffany A. White)
My Little Dude and Me
(copyright Tiffany A. White)

PS.  Stop by August’s Blogfest page to participate in the #BOAW16 fun!

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

 

 

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29 Replies to “The True Beauty of… Breasts – Beauty of Woman #BOAW16”

  1. Amazing, Tiffany. I imagine your husband could have added another thing or two to appreciate about breasts, but you’re right about how important they are to babies. Funny how well things work out if we use what God gave us in the ways He intended for them to be used.

  2. Wow, Tiffany, congrats on your upcoming arrival. I’m so grateful to have you — and your amazing boobs!!! — in the fest. 😉 Seriously, you’re SO right. Boobs really do rock, no matter what their specifics. Thanks so much for bringing light to this!

  3. Tiffany, congratulations on your expanding family! That’s so exciting! I love this post! Boobs and breastfeeding are amazing. LOL. I’m so glad I was able to breastfeed both of my kids (one for only 6 months and the other for almost 18 months–completely different experiences!). Thanks for sharing this and your news!

  4. Wow! Congratulations Tiffany! So happy for you. This will be an extra-special Mother’s Day for you this year. And, yes, where does the time go? I’m amazed (I use that word a lot, too!) that my kids are grown and three are now parents, too. The decades just flew by. And now, the grandkids are growing by leaps and bounds. It boggles my mind, but what a joy to watch them grow and blossom. The oldest is six. Her daddy is 36! How did that happen?

    Your post is AMAZING! I love how you explained how breastfeeding is beneficial in so many ways. I nursed all four of my babies. With my son, I stopped when he was six weeks old. I had to go back to work, and the milk was just out of control! I wish I’d known then that after those first six weeks the milk settles down. It’s a shame so many in our society are offended by nursing mothers. Some of the comments I’ve heard people say to me when they noticed a woman nursing her baby, well, it was hard to understand the harsh judgment.

    Wishing you a healthy, happy pregnancy. Little Dude is going to love being a big bro!

    1. I’m learning firsthand the power of time flying by these days. It’s incredibly hard to believe my Little Dude will be two soon.

      I don’t understand why we as a whole continuously pass judgment on others, period. Why people can’t keep their opinions to themselves is beyond me. Why we feel the need to criticize is shameful. It’s disgusting, really.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Lynn!

  5. It has taken me almost 48 years to appreciate my breasts, just as they are. It’s posts like this that remind all of us, of how truly magical and resilient women’s bodies are! Great post!

    And, I wish you a healthy pregnancy, speedy delivery and healthy, happy baby #2!

  6. Amen! Great, funny, honest post. I adored breastfeeding–I know you’ll understand, I actually miss it, and I haven’t breastfed a baby for 16 years! Occasionally, if I hear a “I’m hungry” cry I can still feel my milk let down, I am not even kidding–it’s the ghost of the feeling. Anyway, thank you for this!

    1. Something to look forward to!! Heehee

      Breastfeeding really is wonderful. That bonding time is unlike any other. I’m so glad we tried.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Amy!!

  7. Loved your post, Tiffany. I breastfed my two children, and even more than thirty years later, it’s an experience I’ll always treasure. I also love what you said about “being mindful of others. On both sides. Always.” We need that attitude in so many aspects of our lives.

    1. Hi, Jan! Thanks so much for stopping by. I keep waiting for society to stop criticizing others… maybe one day we can all just respect each other and recognize we don’t all have to have the same views.

  8. Tiffany! I’ve missed you. Congrats on your growing family. As for breasts and what they can do… They are a miracle. My sister had a micro-preemie back in Feb 2015, and she talks a lot about the importance of nursing. She gets more clinical because she’s a nurse, but she’s a lot like you when advocating the benefits. I think it’s awesome.

    1. Hi, Kitt! I have missed you!! Has your sister written anything? I’m all for learning… especially when it comes to breastfeeding! I hope to have the same success with #2. And thank you, by the way! 🙂

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