breastfeeding women

ART THAT I LIKE TO CALL: if the Blessed Virgin Mary can Whip Out a Titty In Sacred Art, so can a Mother in Church.

Virgen de Belen
 Marcellus Coffermans, 1560s
getting crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth? …welp the kiddie gotta feed so just put that crown right on there, cherubs!

Madonna with the Infant Christ and St John the Baptist
Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, 1540s
Jesus glaring at you because He knows you are fetishizing his mom and you need to stop now.

The Circumcision of Christ
Michiel Coxcie, 1580′s
fave of mine because oh hey, she’s out in the open surrounded by people during a religious ceremony… but a baby’s gotta eat!!

and I haven’t even gotten to the WIERD ONE YET…

The Vision of St Bernard
Alonso Cano, 1650s
that is… an impressive distance, Mother Mary, nice aim!!
anyways it is inspired by St Bernard of Clairvaiux’s “Miracle of Lactation” where prayed to a statue of Mary in Speyer Cathedral, and asked her to “show yourself to be a mother.” and the statue freaking burst into life to hit him with some breastmilk. like, buddy, i dont have time to prove this shit. point is…


anonymous asked:

1. A lot of women need birth control for a variety of medical issues, and guilting them for that is wrong on so many levels. They can't help that they need it. 2. Men don't have the option of keeping a child if the woman wants to abort it because SHE is the one who just carry it for 9 months. He doesn't have to at all. He is not at risk of dying through childbirth or having the responsibility of breastfeeding afterward.

Because women go through a harder time. Right

2goldensnitches  asked:

There is seriously a bathroom prayer???

Is there a bathroom prayer?  Yes, indeed!

Everything is a sacred act in Judaism – even taking a 💩..

The Asher Yatzar is a prayer to be said after your body does its business.  It honors the miracle that is the human body, and recognizes its complexity and the importance of all parts working the way they are supposed to - that keeps us alive.

Here’s my version of the English translation, which is slightly adapted from one on Ritual Well:

Blessed are You, Holy One, whose Presence fills the Universe, forming the human being with wisdom. You create it with many openings and many vessels. We are shown well that should even one of these stay opened when it should be closed, or one of those stay closed when it should be open, we could not long survive. Blessed are You, Healer of all flesh, that makes the wonders of creation.

Here’s the Hebrew:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר יָצַר אֶת 

.הָאָדָם בְּחָכְמָה וּבָרָא בוֹ נְקָבִים נְקָבִים חֲלוּלִים חֲלוּלִים גָּלוּי וְיָדוּעַ לִפְנֵי כִסֵּא כְבוֹדֶךָ שֶׁאִם יִפָּתֵחַ אֶחָד מֵהֶם אוֹ יִסָּתֵם אֶחָד מֵהֶם אִי אֶפְשַׁר לְהִתְקַיֵּם וְלַעֲמוֹד לְפָנֶיךָ .אֲפִילוּ שָׁעָה אֶחָת .בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה רוֹפֵא כָל בָּשָׂר וּמַפְלִיא לַעֲשֹוֹת

This prayer has been adapted in modern times for many new purposes such as breastfeeding women, gender transition, and overall healing – especially that last line.  It’s is historically used after going to the bathroom, but clearly could serve many purposes.

And, was pointed out that I forgot to mention that you say this AFTER you leave the bathroom. Your poop may be holy too – but most people frown on mixing it with the name(s) of G!d/dess.    h/t @legally-bitchtastic [Edit- 5.31.2017] 

More on Yasher Aztar:

When it came to breastfeeding, I was torn. I was never breastfed, my mother was never breastfed, and I had never known another mother who breastfed. I was scared. I thought it’d be weird… But after tons and tons of research I decided that it would be the best thing for myself and my child (mind you 6 weeks postpartum I had already lost the 45lbs I gained…. Shout out to breastfeeding).

After giving birth to my beautify baby boy (which wasn’t that bad and I’d do it again and again if I had to) just 2 hrs later I was up and moving ready to see my baby boy latch. I witnessed this same lactation specialist coach and encourage this Caucasian woman with her baby and I was pumped to feed my baby (I should clarify, that the previously mentioned encounter was during a lactation and breastfeeding class that the hospital organized prior to me giving birth). Well, it didn’t really work out that way. My baby boy was having a little difficulty latching, nothing unusual. But I was a little pissed when the specialist INSISTED I bottle feed my baby because he wasn’t immediately latching. And I’m just like what the hell happened to the encouragement??? 1 hour and 44 minutes after our first attempt my baby boy was a breastfeeding champ and 2 months later of exclusively breastfeeding we are stronger than ever.

I always wondered why black women were so low in numbers when it came to breastfeeding, maybe it has something to do with the lack of support in the hospital and at home but mostly it’s the lack of knowledge. So all my expecting moms, black, white, green, or blue I encourage you to choose your baby when it comes to breastfeeding! It may not be right for you but it’s best for your baby!

There are Facebook groups that have kept me enlightened and encouraged throughout this process.

Blessings from
Caleb and his breastfeeding Mommy

My sister said the other day, 鈥淚 was at work and this lady all of a sudden flashed her boob and started breastfeeding her baby right in front of me鈥擡w! Gross, she should wait until she gets home to do that!鈥

When I heard that, I was deeply saddened. Saddened that society had wronged my sister and she didn鈥檛 even know it. Because one day, when my sister becomes a mother, I hope that she will not feel ashamed or embarrassed to breastfeed her baby in public. That depending on which state in the U.S. she lives in, she will not be cited for 鈥渋ndecent exposure鈥 when a man walks scot-free bare chested down the street. This is why #freethenipple is important. This is why we need to instill in young girls the importance of owning our bodies instead of letting society stigmatize/sexualize our anatomy.
—  mgyang, #freethenipple

This is my badass teammate, Ahna Roll. We were lucky to draft her (and another awesome rookie, Eleanor Bruisevelt) this year. That’s just one of two babies, by the way - she has twins! I never cease to be impressed by the parents who find time to skate derby while raising a family. Honestly, I believe very strongly that we should all do what we can to support parents’ (especially moms) ability to participate in activities that are just for them. Derby is a great way to stay fit, mentally and physically, after all. Still, as someone who chooses not to have kids, I can’t imagine the amount of balance and work it takes to pull this off.


incoramsanctissimo  asked:

Hi! I'm in a relationship looking towards marriage and have some questions about NFP. Firstly, I know the modern Church approved it, but has that always been the case throughout history? Second, my boyfriend and I kinda wanted to wait a year after marriage to have kids so that I could work for a while first - do you think that's a sufficient reason? Finally, how does one choose a method?

Hello! Congrats on your relationship! Hopefully it flowers into a lovely marriage.

The Church has always been intimately involved with fertility and sexuality: not because of a desire to throttle and control our sex lives, but because She knows how much sex affects the human person and society as a whole. As such, She seeks to help us understand our sexuality and how to properly use it for God’s glory. I say this to give some context for you and others reading my response.

In the past, it was common for women to space children through breastfeeding, and they had large networks of support in their family and villages for every baby that came along. Because of this, they would have a baby every few years and spacing children was not a worry.

Periodic abstinence (abstaining from sex for a period of time) was first mentioned in St. Paul’s letters to the 1 Corinthians 7. He suggested that avoiding sex for a while was not “bad”, and could be used as a time to spiritually grow as a couple. However, it wasn’t preferred (St. Paul never seemed to think highly of sex, despite God using sensual imagery to describe our longing for Him!); he emphasized the practical and spiritual need for a couple to also come together in intercourse. He never gave a magic number on how often sex should happen or how long or short the period of abstinence should be, as that is something the couple must discern on their own.

Now, fast forward two millennia later. Various saints and other Catholic thinkers have made commentary on marital sex during that time, though topics such as family planning were still not widely spoken of. Aside from (rightfully) demonizing withdrawal and other methods, there wasn’t much of a need to speak on things like birth control. Again, most couples either abstained or relied on breastfeeding. Many babies and children died young as well, so having whatever children you could was a need rather than a want.

That is, until the dawn of the 20th Century. Around this time, many scientific and cultural changes were happening all at once, and these changes occurred over just a few generations. More and more women began to birth in hospitals, live farther from family, and formula feeding for infants too became more commonplace (Another topic I touch upon here).

With less women breastfeeding and losing their support systems, pregnancy and birth grew to be more demanding of mothers. There was also the fact that as more women entered the workforce, they were dealing with sexist ideals that demanded that they remain unpregnant like men in order to keep their jobs. Accommodating pregnant women for work was unheard of and not fought for.

In 1930, then, is where we find the first encyclical dealing with the topic of birth control as we know it today: Costii Conubii. Written by Pope Pius XI, he asserted that artificial birth control that suppressed fertility or prevented the spilling of seed into the vagina was immoral. It was a bold statement, as during this time the Church of England allowed the use of birth control for married couples. This lead the way for many other Protestant churches to accept birth control despite founders such as Martin Luther speaking harshly against it.

Thankfully, the need for couples to avoid pregnancy in a way that respected Church teaching did not go unheeded. In fact, the first NFP method was developed before Casti Connubii was published! Catholic priest Wilhelm Hillebrand and his brothers, all doctors, came together to form a natural method of avoiding pregnancy that required periodic abstinence to work. First they developed a temperature only method of NFP, but later, they formed the Calender-Thermal Method, a mix of the Rhythm Method and the Temperature Method. While still not quite perfect, it was a game changer in terms of developing methods of NFP. He taught it to his parishioners with much success.

Sadly, the secular world did not care. By the time Pope Paul VI wrote another famous encyclical - Humanae Vitae, which also endorsed NFP and denounced birth control similar to Casti Connubii - hormonal methods of birth control were making their rounds. Instead of seeking to understand and encourage fertility awareness, pharmaceutical companies tested endless trials on poor, POC women and lied about side effects to sell their product. These companies launched successful campaigns in convincing society that in order to be equal and free and prepared, women MUST inject their bodies with artificial hormones and foreign objects. With this business making billions and it being easier to hand out than NFP pamphlets, it became the norm before NFP could take the stand.

Thankfully, many Catholic doctors, midwives, and researchers responded to Pope Paul VI’s call to better the NFP methods of the time. Already by the time the encyclical came out, methods were being studied and perfected. We see their fruits today in the modern NFP movement and health care! And not only as a method of preventing pregnancy and treating gynecological health, but as a way to treat infertility as well (around this time, things like IVF were being developed).

As you can see, the Church has always supported the SPIRIT behind NFP: chastity, obedience to God, and supporting periodic abstinence for a higher purpose. When the need for a family planning method came to be in the 20th Century, that spirit was forged into the modern innovation of NFP. NFP is accepted not because it is timeless and true, but because it can embody those ideals.

As for whether you have a serious enough reason or not to avoid pregnancy that first year: I can not tell you this. There is no list of yes and nos to follow. I highly suggest reading Humanae Vitae yourself, and perhaps picking up books on married sexuality such as “Holy Sex!” by Gregory Popcak. You don’t need to be on the doorstep of abject poverty or death in order to avoid pregnancy, you just have to discern through prayer and clear communication whether the circumstance allows for avoiding.

Sorry for the giant word wall: I’m sure you were expecting something shorter lol. But I hope it gives you and your boyfriend something to mull over as you prepare your future lives together. :)

Further reading:

History of Natural Family Planning:

History of Breastfeeding as a Child Spacer:

Casti Connubii:

Humanae Vitae:

The racist and sexist history of birth control:

Seriously though Mad Max: Fury Road is the most feminist shit I have seen in a long goddamn time:

  • Disabled female in an active, independent role
  • Who can have ‘masculine’ characteristics without compromising her femininity (incredibly strong but not cold hearted)
  • Deals with important issues like rape and patriarchal oppression and possession
  • Even the ‘breeders’ were engaged and involved in the progression of the action and story- they were not just there for the male gaze or using ‘female fear’ to convey tone
  • They did not sexualise the female body?? the only time they showed a breast was when women were breastfeeding or expressing milk a.k.a what breasts are actually for
  • brilliant matriarchal biker gang
  • Furiosa saves Max multiple times
  • Max concedes the gun to Furiosa because he knows she is the better shot and doesn’t let any sort of male ego get in the way
  • Still hinted at a romance between two minor characters- showing you do not have to abandon themes of love or compassion to make a hardcore fucking film about tough ass ladies