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Boob envy

 
If only men could breastfeed, wishes single dad Marlon.
Marlon Abrahams

Pic: Robyn Abrahams

Article originally in Parent24
Penis envy is a defining moment in the development of gender and sexual identity for women, according to Freud. In contemporary culture, the term is sometimes used inexactly to refer to the idea that women wish they had a penis, or to refer to anxieties between men about the size of their genitals.

However, what very few women know, and I suspect many men for that matter, is that some guys suffer from boob envy! Yup it’s true! Spare me the “you’re nuts” routine. Or “you’re a closet chick”. I’ve heard it all before.

And why, you might ask, am I coming out of the closet now? Well the other day I was surfing radio channels and there was a talk show about raising kids and a male caller admitted to being envious of his wife’s ability to breastfeed. Immediately I let out an involuntary “at last, I’m not the only one!”

Seriously though, I don’t really think I’d like to have boobs, as one of my lady friends says, “you’ll probably end up playing with them all day.” But I am absolutely fascinated by the whole breastfeeding thing. For me it represents the ultimate primal bond between parent and offspring. It’s like women have this magical life-spring within, through which they not only impart sustenance, but also probably an indelible imprint of security and identity with the completely helpless baby.

I have found myself captivated by the sight of my daughters being breastfed. It is an incredible miracle of nature that the female body has so been designed to provide nourishment. Apparently the little one can live exclusively on breastmilk for several years if necessary without any growth or development issues. In fact in most cases, mother’s milk is better than anything else, literally.

Then of course there’s the cock-up in the design of the male body. I mean we have nipples which serve absolutely no purpose, save cosmetic. And even that I’m not so sure about. Although, we would look a bit creepy with well-defined pecks and no nips. But, riddle me this, why did the good lord give us nipples that don’t work?

My name is Marlon Abrahams and I suffer from boob envy! There I said it. Now it’s your turn.

Do you have boob envy? As a father, what do you think about breastfeeding?


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