Monday, July 28, 2008

a conversation while nursing*

Iris: Isn't it wonderful that your body makes all the milk that Kai needs to eat?

Me [reveling in this spontaneous Our Bodies, Our Selves moment]: Yes! Women's bodies are amazing!

Iris: Do all women have nipples?

Me: Yes. You will, too, someday. [Then, deciding the time as come to correct a longstanding misnomer of hers:] Actually, you already have nipples. The full parts of women's chests are called breasts. The nipples are the pink parts at the tips where the baby nurses.

Iris: What are breasts for?

Me: For making milk and feeding babies.

Iris: Why aren't they called nursing plumps?

*Posted while nursing. Because that's my life right now: all nursing, all the time.


Anonymous amy h said...

Oh, we had many conversations like this one. :) Elise still can't ever remember the word "breast." She calls them "bellies."

1:55 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

just makes me smile. :)
and thinking about when i just nursed. all day.
enjoy! it really does go so fast.

6:42 PM  
Blogger wayfarer said...

:-) i'm wondering how i'm going to explain it to my son. It is all you do those early months. I used to listen to books on tape. Can't do that this time around.

10:03 PM  
Blogger house on hill road said...

jane and i had many similar conversations while i was nursing kate. such wonderful memories.

8:12 AM  
Blogger max's mama said...

it's been a little over a year since my son weaned, and we have these conversations often. he is 100% more fascinated now by what breasts are for. can't imagine the conversations we'll have if/when we have another! and btw, nursing plumps is a wonderful new term!

10:59 AM  

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