Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Spirituality of Breast Feeding

j0426560 Last week existed as an alternate universe where breasts, and what came out of them, was a hot topic of political debate. And I did something, I NEVER thought I’d do…I blogged politics! Now granted the subject of political debate was breast feeding, and being a breast feeding mom, I was compelled to  defend the sanctity  of breast feeding…and the sanctity of breast feeding is everywhere….OUTSIDE of politics.  Nonetheless, I feel dirty. I feel as though I played in the mud with people who created that puddle of stink. Sarah Palin in all of her hypocrisy and Michele Bachmann wallowing in idiocy, do nothing but contribute to the hardship of womanhood. They pretend to be empathetic all the while, their actions, as well as words speak of oppression. What smacks of the ultimate disrespect is the fact that these women, who have had children, experienced the joys and health benefits of breast feeding (Bachmann claimed she did, however, I’m not sure if Palin breast fed)

I’m left to ponder the meaning of it all. Why do we (breast feeding moms) have to fight to feed? Why do we need to brave the criticism? Why are so many others, in opinions and advice intent on disempowering a woman’s ability to nourish?

Make no mistake breast feeding is a form of empowerment in every sense. It empowers the woman to motherhood….a babe to childhood. The bond formed between the mother and child is undeniable, but, it’s not just a bond, it’s a strength.

Strength emanates literally from the mother’s bosom and into the babe. The mother knows what she offers her baby is good and right. In this frame of thought, our confidence becomes the essence of our own strength. In confidence, a mom knows her child, like nobody’s business.

Yet, this society is set up to destroy the confidence of mothers. We birth in hospitals, under direction of doctors. We are given medications that compromise the integrity of nursing. We take direction from nurses after birth, whose primary concern is their compliance with the hospital’s feeding policy. We feel shamed and useless as mom when our babes are content enough, not to eat, and others, telling us that they should. Our elected officials laugh at the idea of breast feeding support. We become disenfranchised, We become discouraged. We are oft taught and trained in the way of others who have not personally experienced the spirituality of breast feeding. These are the people who scoff at “instincts”. Who laugh at the intangibles of nursing.  Who scold us in the way of “right” thoughts and behavior. So we abandon the one thing that makes breast feeding empowering, our confidence. Left by the wayside, our spiritual individuality. 

Whatever that spiritual individuality means to you, is decided, by you. For me, it is my relationship with the Creator God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth…the liberty and creativity I have found in His design in humankind. Before I continue on, I need to clarify, lest you consider me “Christian” , while I will not deny my spiritual relationship with Christ, I DO deny what “Christianity” has evolved to be, a gross misrepresentation of Christ, Himself. My point, whether you define spirituality as I do, or in some other form. The intangible dynamics that creates a mother is UNDENIABLE.

When the likes of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann spew their destructive rhetoric about breast feeding, it truly is an attempt at disempowerment. Breast feeding is a woman’s power, just like gestating is a woman’s power. When we as women, recognize these attempts, be they intentional or not, we can protect what is naturally and rightfully ours by the essence of confidence and the power of knowledge. 

….after all, it’s YOUR journey…

2 comments:

  1. It is a shame the breastfeeding is considered in the realm of politics and not just not a fact of every day life. And, I completely agree that we are expected to cow tow to the whims of "people in charge" aka men... sigh What ever happen to woman uniting? Woman in politics chasing after the boys ideas instead of having thoughts of their own because they feel they have to play ball... Yep, I think you covered all the major issues I have in a very well written post when all I can say is :P

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  2. You are so right about "chasing after boy ideas instead of having thoughts of their own"

    What Palin and Bachmann fail to understand is that they are not just attacking the First Lady, ( and other BFing moms), but they are attacking themselves.

    I see it as a form of self-hate, they were breast feeding moms AND Palin promoted breast feeding month when she was governor in 2007. The hypocrisy just screams insecurity.

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