*THE SOLILOQUY, OR SO IT SEEMS …*
“It is different in America. Yes, cultures are really different.
“A young mother gives birth in America and one has to be careful about
taking the newborn to the breast. It may be considered a violation of
the mother’s rights. That baby may well be given formulae as its first
“In Caribbean culture, soon after the baby is cleaned and so on, he or
she is brought to the mother. You know — and that’s amazing — the
child searches for and discovers the breast.
“You can see the little one running its mouth across the mother’s chest,
along the mother’s swollen breast, until the nipple is discovered. Nature!
“We have come a long way in America regarding breastfeeding. I gather
because of what the World Health Organization has been saying and
repeating and generally, because of the protection that breast milk
provides for the growing child, mothers are returning to the breast.
“But I’ve always been amazed by the way the baby finds the breast. Seems
like she finds the milk through sense of smell.
“How did we end up talking about this mass of lobules and ducts? And you
He smiled lightly as the car came to a stop. “Thanks for the
breastfeeding info. You’re passionate about this.”
“It is the source of nutrition for new life. You know how important this
is for those who cannot buy formulae? You know how crucial this is for
every child all over the world.” Her eyes glowed.
“Was a lovely night,” he continued. “Thanks for it,” she replied,
delighted that the conversation took that turn, but thinking at the same
time that she might have been boring as a date.
“Can we do this again,” he asked. “Of course. Next time we’ll probably
talk about the breast and how women see them.” “You mean as symbols of
attraction?” he asked almost teasingly.
“Maybe. That could well lead to another subject, another feeling.
Who knows where a conversation on the breast can lead anyway.”
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