August 16, 2007 § Leave a comment
i just finished reading fiona giles’s fresh milk. she is from australia and so the book focuses alot around stories from australia but also from other parts of the angloworld including the us. i read it last night while i was breastfeeding aza. i started thinking about nursing, breast milk, pumping and the entire maternal experience from different angles. for instance i have always had a visceral reaction against the idea of nursing past the age of two. really a child who is walking and talking and coming up to me to nurse turned me off. i dont mind it too much when other women around me nurse their toddlers, but i can hear the judgemental voice in my softly whispering: isnt she too old? but after reading this book i had a greater appreciation for why mothers would choose to continue nursing. and i know that the who says that women should nurse until the child is at least two years old. so i guess i too can relax that little voice in my head a bit more and wonder if aza really is not ready to wean at around 12 months, will i decide or her? aza is so good at knowing what she needs.
i also thought about drinking my milk. i have tasted it before. surprisingly sweet. like vanilla soy milk. vanilla soy milk is one of my favorite drinks ever and even before i had tasted my own milk i thought that breastmilk should taste like soy milk, but i assumed that in reality it would taste bland or bitter more like herb tea. i only tasted a drop or two, but i gained an instant appreciation why we love sugar, vanilla, dairy, cheese, ice cream, fatty foods. i read about putting mamamilk in tea or coffee or using it to make icecream/icemilk and pie. maybe i will pump a bit and try. especially since the milk is a tonic for people with weak immune systems and conjunctivitis.
and i know that urine is healthy for the skin and internal body systems. and now breastmilk can help heal us as adults and children.