Breastfeeding is a beautiful, natural, tender, precious, gracious, self-less, life giving, life affirming act. It is nothing to be embarrassed about, or hidden, or to get excited about. It is pure and simple. It is the way we are designed to feed our babies. It is right and proper.
My Grandmother wet-nursed her sister's child. And probably saved her life. There were times in the past when it was simply an accepted practice to feed a child whose Mother was weak, ill, or as was often the case in centuries past, when the Mother was lost during childbirth.
These days, there are programs for saving breast milk and donating it to children in need in other countries, and even at home. That's progress.
I well remember my first encounter with donating mother's milk to a newborn who had lost his. I will never forget it. I would have nursed every child that I could, had it been socially acceptable. I hope it will be again. Maybe we're on the verge of a breakthrough. I certainly hope so.
~ With much Love
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