Wednesday Wisdom: Milk

A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider.

“Breastfeeding a child is one of the many ways in which you can connect with the Goddess, for you are enacting one of her age-old responsibilities.”

–Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy 


“Throughout the early history of man- and womankind, the milk-bearing function of the breast was bathed in a sacred aura… It was the mature female form with her milk-producing breasts that was generally honored in pre-Christian times.”

–Marilyn Yolen, A History of the Breast


“I am milk.  My milk is me.  When Faith cries for me, she cries for milk, for the breast stuffed into the mouth.  It is all the same thing.  I am eaten.  I have never felt more alive.  I am eaten.  I have never felt more abolished.  The oneness of breastfeeding is totalizing.  We begin to stir in the bed next to me.  I pull her down to my breast, check for a wet diaper.  I’m getting good at this.  We drift back into sleep, conjoined.”

–Sandra Steingraber, Having Faith

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About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.