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Friday, December 09, 2005

I'm unfortunately not surprised that the more regretful aspects of our boob-happy, male-dominated culture make women feel awkward about nursing in public. Ironically, though, persistent public breastfeeding is just the ticket for changing our public mores, both priggish and prurient, for the better. Men are crazy about breasts in part because of their cachet. They're hidden and forbidden, so naturally we must devote ourselves to coming in contact with as many as possible. But if women nursed in public more often and showcased the breast's true power, our society might become desensitized enough to make a dent in all this mindless titophilia.

A man can dream.

Despite all the emotional and nutritional (and yes, social) benefits, breastfeeding does have a big downside. The plain truth is, I miss them. I know they're on call 24/7, fighting the good fight and making the world a better place, and I respect that. But sometimes, after a long workday, I want them just for me. Is that so wrong? Can a fella wish they could return to maximum erogeneity, and not feel guilty when a wayward squirt in the eye ruins the mood?

So as great as breastfeeding is for my children, a large part of me can't wait until it's over and I can have them back for myself.

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Posted by: alice | Dec 9, 2005 1:45:16 PM


Posted by: LOD | Dec 9, 2005 3:44:05 PM

Think of it as magical pinkeye prevention.

Posted by: Jamie | Dec 9, 2005 9:41:59 PM

You think YOU want them back all to yourself... imagine how it feels to the owners of said bosums. Throughout your young life, your boobs are uniquely your own. As you get older, you realize that they are currency, and yours to share with those you deem worthy.

Then one day along comes baby, who claims sole and exclusive ownership and repays the loan by hoovering at them until the nipples crack and bleed, eventually abandoning them to hang forlornly somewhere near your belt buckle.

Posted by: Danigirl | Dec 12, 2005 9:27:12 AM

HAHA! My hubby felt the same way. You go from probably 3-5 months of pregnancy where your wife's body is off limits, then to 6 weeks postpartum (that's really closer to 3 or 4 more months) :) Then for the 9-18 months her breasts still aren't for you. :) I feel bad for my hubs... I've been pg or nursing for the last 30 months (pg 9 months, bf 14 months, pg 7 months) and have 10 weeks left to go in the pregnancy before beginning to bf again. It's great that you bring that aspect into the open. I for one appreciate your honesty.

Posted by: Amanda | Dec 16, 2005 11:42:27 PM

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