This Symbol Does the Body Good

Article by Rebecca
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Milk does the body good, it’s not just an ad campaign. It provides the primary source of nutrition for newborns before they are able to digest other types of food. Breast milk carries the mother’s antibodies to the baby and can reduce the risk of many diseases for them. It’s true that humans are the only mammals that continue to consume milk after we can eat solid foods, but come on, a liquid this rich with symbolism…and calcium….is hard to resist!

Just about every human culture has viewed milk as a symbol of fertility. It makes a lot of sense, it’s the substance that helps new life grow. There was an ancient Irish tradition of immersing a child into milk. This was based on the belief that its spirit was formed through being breastfed. Why do you think all those goddess associated with fertility have such large breasts, or in some cases more than two breasts? It’s not just sex appeal, it’s milk production!

Seriously, I’m beginning to think breakfast, with it’s penchant for using eggs and milk, might not only be the most important, but also the most fertile meal of the day!