I’ve been thinking … about breasts

By The Blonde

Photoshopped image credit: Technomage

“What? I thought only men thought about them”… I’m sure that will be the reaction from many of you. However, due to some discussions?I’ve had recently, I’m wondering if the emphasis on the importance of the female breast has shifted. Or, has it?? It raises many questions.

Why, when the size of the other organs in our bodies are so similar do breasts come in so many sizes and shapes? Small and pert, or not-so-pert, medium, large and extra-large. Men, I’m told, can have similar differences, so it must be that such obvious differences apply only to our (obvious) sex organs. Which leads me to wonder;why it is socially acceptable for women to display their ‘charms’ in public but if men displayed their ‘manhood’ in a similar fashion, they would be in big trouble?

Human females are the only ones in the ‘ape’ family to have full breasts?all the time …?with fat, if not with milk.? Our ‘ape’ animal friends have no breasts at all if not feeding their young ones, and that comment?leads me to my next question, which is, how important is breastfeeding?for the development of a baby?? My research shows overwhelming support?for breastfeeding.

The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding as the best choice for babies for many reasons.  ‘Breastfed babies have fewer infections and hospitalisations than formula-fed infants. During breastfeeding, antibodies and other germ-fighting factors pass from a mother to her baby and strengthen the immune system, making them more resistant to ear infections,  respiratory infections and meningitis. Also, because breast milk is more easily digested, the baby is less likely to suffer diarrhea or constipation.’

Apparently, zebra milk is the closest to human milk but, as there are no zebra farms, cow’s milk becomes the obvious choice as an alternative. According to my research, cow’s milk is short on iron, retinol, Vitamins C and D and essential fatty acids that human babies need. However, for many who can’t breastfeed, cow’s milk remains the popular alternative and I, for one, grew up on it; quite successfully actually!  When I reflect on it, I could have been quite unstoppable had I been breast-fed!

Realising that every mammal’s milk is different according to the species, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, alpaca’s milk – the list goes on, it makes one realise that there must be a good reason for it.

Commenting on the popular assumption that breasts are for sexual attraction, ethologist Desmond Morris has suggested that breasts are a substitute for the round red buttocks used by our female ‘ape ancestors’ to attract the male. That conjures up a picture that I’m trying to erase from my mind.

My final question is: why on earth do men have nipples? According to Ian Tattersall, a paleoanthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History…

‘Basically males and females are built from the same genetic blueprint.’   During the first few weeks male and female embryos follow the same blueprint which includes the development of nipples. However, at about 6 weeks, in those destined to be born as boys, a gene on the Y chromosome induces changes that lead to the development of the testes. After the testes are formed, the male foetus begins producing testerone, changing the genetic activity of cells in the genitals and brain’

And we are told these days that we can choose our gender ?