Your Breast Friends | Part 1: Why They are Awesome

“In the Beginning was the Breast, and the Breast was Sacred.”
–Marilyn Yalom

Ahhh the Boobies. The Twins. The Lopsided Sisters. The Life Givers. The Sustainers. The Sexy Seductresses. These mammary glands are your breast friends, and I’ll tell you why!

Breasts are an extension of your heart. They represent love and nourishment and also pleasure, fertility, and life itself. They are your truth tellers, indicators, and benevolent *and bossy babes.

They are a central part of your lymphatic and endocrine systems that govern immune and hormonal health. They have been worshipped for their life sustaining qualities since the beginning of time. Not only do they nourish and sustain babies, they are here to be nourished to serve all of creation. Let us shed some new light on these amazing miraculous life givers, shall we?

8 Reasons why Boobs are AWESOME

1. They Give and Sustain LIFE

The benefits of breastfeeding are well documented ranging from breast milk’s superior nutritional content to how nursing lowers the risk of breast cancer[1] and heart disease[2]. But did you know that breast milk could also be used to treat ear and eye infections, wounds and a variety of skin conditions? It contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties as well as healthy prebiotics and probiotics.[3] Studies now show that breastfeeding reduces cancer risk in babies and children.[4] Breast milk contains a protein-lipid complex called HAMLET, a tumor and bacteria killing component that leaves healthy cells unaffected![5] Backwash from a nursing baby’s saliva gets absorbed into the nipple, signaling the immunity needs of baby.[6]

The act of breastfeeding releases the feel good hormone oxytocin and makes the mother more attuned to her babies cry and promotes bonding. [7]A woman’s breasts will also adjust temperature to keep babies warm! Even while holding twins the mother’s breasts will each respond to the thermal needs of the baby on each breast![8] Flat chested or big busted, all sized breasts are capable of breastfeeding![9]

2. Breasts are Energy Centers

The ancient traditional medicine of China speaks of the importance of breast health for the optimal function of the rest of the body. In western medicine, the lymph and endocrine systems run through a woman’s breasts. Similarly, in Chinese Medicine, channels of Qi energy flow in meridians through the breasts and into the body. The breasts of a woman are a central part of her health function in Chinese Medicine. As a woman massages and treats her breasts she in turn is treating the rest of her body.  The Chinese Meridians incorporate the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of these pathways. When there is toxic buildup, emotional stagnation, and dis-ease in these meridian channel systems, the breasts become affected. Breasts in this sense are very important energy centers to care for to keep the whole body healthy!

3. Boobies are Shape Shifters

Our breasts are continuously changing shape and size! Our breasts are the first to come and go when we gain or lose weight, they also change throughout various phases in our lives and throughout our menstrual cycle. Our breasts morph in size and shape in relation to our estrogen and progesterone levels. They have been shown to become more symmetrical during ovulation (so does our face)!![10]

Of course, if you’ve been pregnant, you have experienced the change in shape and color of your nipples preparing to nurse. Nipples also change size and shape during arousal or with temperature. Most women have one breast larger than the other. The breasts are more like fraternal twins than identical!

What is unique about human breasts is that we are the only species whose breasts become enlarged during puberty and stay enlarged for the rest of our lives! Most breasts of animals grow during pregnancy and shrink after breastfeeding.

Before menopause a woman’s breasts are denser with connective tissue than with fat. As women age, the breast connective tissues and lobules are replaced with fat, hence why they droop. This is a natural process of being a woman, embrace the sag!

A few more notes on breast sagging…

– The breasts will droop during times of tension or stress, smoking, and drinking alcohol[11]. Be sure to be taking time to care for and relax yourself to prevent premature aging through stress.

– In a 15 year French study with women age 18-35 on bras and breast support it was discovered that women who did not wear bras had stronger pectoral muscles and perkier breasts than the women who wore bras.

– Many women choose not to nurse or stop nursing early to prevent unwanted breast changes. The truth is that pregnancy alone adds more change on the breasts than nursing.[12]

4. Breasts are Pleasurable

Some say to stop sexualizing breasts, I say they are both made as perfect nourishment for babies and are also sexy, pleasurable, and sensual!

There is a neurological connection between nipple and clitoral stimulation.[13] Some women can achieve orgasm from nipple stimulation alone! Breasts go through many changes during arousal[14] and even release a pheromone scent to bring you and your partner closer together!! Although nipple fondling, sucking, and caressing can be a big turn on (for some), the nipples can often be sensitive and not like the enjoyment of much touch until a woman is fully aroused. They can also be much more sensitive during pregnancy and before menstruation, so listen and tend accordingly.

Nipple stimulation sends a message to the brain to release oxytocin.[15] Many women report feelings of intimacy while nursing. Some stop for this very reason! It is supposed to feel good in order to make nursing sustainable and promote connection between mother and baby. Feeling good does not equate to perversion!

In relation to nipple stimulation and oxytocin, nipple stimulation causes uterine activity.[16] Nipple stimulation causes the uterus to contract, thus being a natural way to initiate labor, stimulate the body to release placenta after birthing baby, and also helping the uterus to go back to it’s original size postpartum

5. Your Boobies Dance when you do

This may sound silly, but it’s actually true. Believe it or not there was a well-conducted research study on breasts and their movement during various exercises. Studies show when you exercise, depending on the size of the breasts and kind of movement, they will either bounce up and down and/or move in a figure 8 type movement. When walking the breasts move evenly in a figure 8 movement, however during running “more than 50 percent of the total movement goes in the up-down direction, 22 percent side-to-side and 27 percent in-and-out.”[17]

Referenced by many spiritual ideologies, the symbolism of the figure 8 represents infinity, balance, and our meridian and chakra energy systems. It also represents our double helix DNA. The infinity symbol also looks like a pair of boobs!!

When I told my husband about the findings of breasts moving in figure 8 position his response was, “Oh hunny, I know, I used to watch Baywatch!!” Hahaha!!

6. Breasts and Women Are Sacred

Some of the first ever recorded cave paintings and carvings were of women depicting enormous breasts and hips representing fertility, sexuality, and adoration of Woman.

The Venus of Hohle Fels, the oldest human sculpture, is 40,000 years old made from Mammoth Ivory. It highlights a woman’s breasts, genitalia, and voluptuous body. Anthropologists theorize the figurine could represent hope for a well-nourished community.[18]

The Venus of Willendorf figurine from ~24,000 BCE highlighted large breasts, thighs, hips, and pelvis most likely representing fertility and nourishment.

Sheela Na Gigs, figurative carvings of women exposing an exaggerated vulva, are found all over Europe mostly on the doorways of castles and churches. There are many theories of what Sheela represents, but one thing is clear: Her vulva symbolized a powerful and important message.

Along with cave paintings and carvings ancient theologies speak of the breasts as sacred.
Greek Mythology speaks of the Milky Way Galaxy being created from the milk from the breasts of Zeus’ divine wife Hera. Milk in Greek is “Gala”, hence the name “Milky Way Galaxy.”

In ancient Egypt, the Great Divine Mother Isis was the Milk Goddess. Milk was regarded as the magical healing elixir, serving the Kings at the most powerful times. “Egyptian art shows the king drinking this holy milk of the Goddess three important times: at birth, at his coronation, and at his rebirth.” [19]

7. Everyone Loves Boobs

Both Men and Women stare at breasts. Studies show that although men may stare at breasts longer than women, women noticed and glanced at breasts just as often as men![20] Breasts are a primal symbol of LIFE, LOVE and NOURISHMENT; of course everyone wants a good look!! Positive visual imagery is directly related to a happy, healthier life.[21]

8. Breasts Help us Communicate

The shape of the nipple while nursing forms the palate in the baby’s mouth which helps the development of oral motor skills and the ability to form words. According the Dr. Olav Oftedal, “Higher order thinking, including speech and learning, grew out of lactation because mothers and offspring had to bond and be close.”

Breasts also help us communicate with BODY LANGUAGE! The way a woman holds her chest indicates her level of confidence and/or receptivity at the moment. As a woman sticks her chest out, she is sharing her nourishment, confidence, and possible welcoming attitude. As she withdraws her chest she is creating protection and showing a possible communication of unavailability, insecurity, or desire to hide. So notice, what are you sharing, what are you hiding? Are you allowing yourself to be fully expressed in your true essence? Are you pulling back for some quiet time? Let your breasts guide you!!

May you have a newfound love and respect for your breasts and their sacred life sustaining qualities! It is my hope this article inspires you to see the beautiful superwoman goddess you already are! Breasts = life. Now we know how awesome they are… see how to care for them here!!

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