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Why I don’t drink milk. (The Milk Theory) (contd… part 11)

Why I don’t  drink milk. (The  Milk Theory) (contd… part 11)
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/1/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

 Milk is more than food for the baby, while  breast feeding act is mother and child re-union

Milk is not just a transitional food for the baby. The act of breast feeding provides emotional bonding between the baby and its mother. Right from the womb, the baby and its mother are joined together by the umbilical cord, which serves as channel of communication between them, and through which the baby receives all its life supports, including food, oxygen and emotional comfort. 
At the time of birth, this umbilical cord has to be broken. The baby then becomes separate individual being. In my view, it is this trauma of separation from her mother that makes the baby cry at the time of birth. But the moment the mother takes the baby in her bosom, and let her suckle her breasts, the baby stops crying. This is not only because of the milk per se, but also because of the re-union with the mother, and the feeling of security and emotional comfort the baby derives there from.  In other words, the act of breast feeding is also ‘Mother and Child re-union’. 
If the mother does not breast feed her baby, this re-union will be missing, and consequently, their emotional bonding will be shallow or weak, as compared to those who do. In this “mother and child re-union” there should be no room for a third party to intrude, or to come in between the mother and the child. (Let us remember that whenever we milk a cow, we are actually interfering with that union). 
The act of breast feeding is not merely a mechanical act of giving and eating food. It involves mental and emotional union between the mother and her child. And the union is accompanied by surge hormones in the body of the mother, which facilitates the milk flow. For example, a milkman cannot just take out milk from the cow’s udder without the aid of the calf. That’s why the calf is always called in first to initiate the milking process.  The action of the calf in butting the udder with its head, and taking and suckling the nipples in its mouth excites the mother physically and mentally. The mother’s body then witnesses a surge in hormone, which, in turn, arouses her udder and nipples, thereby facilitating the milk flow. 
As soon as the milk starts to flow smoothly, the milkman pulls away the calf, and then literally steals the milk. But since the action of milking by the milkman is quite different from the suckling of the nipples by the calf’s mouth, the cow instinctively recognises it - leading to a drop in the hormone level. Consequently, there is a reduction in the flow of milk, and the nipples also became soft and fragile. If the milkman wants to take out more milk, he has to bring back the calf, and repeat the entire sequence of actions all over again. 
This clearly shows that milk is only for the baby; and that it is the baby that holds the key for opening the biological lock of the mother’s udder. (It is quite a different matter when milk is being drawn out through suction pipes by use of machines, as is being done in many western countries).  It also shows that the act of breast feeding is more than a mere mechanical act of feeding. The scene described here is equally true in the case of breast feeding by human beings and other mammals, except that in their case, there is no milkman interfering and disrupting the union!
Surprising similarities and links between breast feeding and sex.
There are surprising and eye-opening similarities between breast feeding and sex. Firstly, both are essential elements of the reproduction, which starts with sex and concludes with breast feeding. (Once the breast feeding period is over, it can be said that the reproduction process is successfully completed).
Secondly, breast feeding is not only a matter of giving food to the baby, but also an emotional union between mother and child. Similarly, sex is not only for the purpose of reproduction, but also for emotional union between husband and wife. Therefore, there should not be any room for intrusion by a third party in these very personal and emotional unions. 
Thirdly, the roles of the nipples in the breast feeding act is similar to the roles of the male organ in the sexual union; while the roles of the baby’s mouth is similar to the roles of the female organ in sexual union. During these unions, there are sudden surges in the hormones in the two bodies, facilitating the unions, and also making them physically pleasurable, emotionally comforting and mentally satisfying. In breast feeding, the surge in hormones increases the flow of saliva in the baby’s mouth, and activates the taste buds, preparing it to suckle the nipples, and to swallow the milk as it is; while in the mother, it has the effect of making the  nipples hard and erect, enabling them to release the milk into the baby’s mouth. Similarly, in sexual union, the surge in hormone dilates and lubricates the female organ, preparing it to receive the male organ; while in the male, it increases the flow of blood to the male genital area, causing the male organ to become hard and erect, enabling it to enter the female organ and release the semen therein. In both these unions, the body fluids (milk/semen) are released to the receiving organs in rhythmic involuntary muscular action, involving almost all the other organs of the body in the process. 
Sigmund Freud, a famous Austrian psychoanalyst (1856-1939) had propounded a rather queer theory of a child’s subconscious sexual attraction towards his mother during a certain stage of childhood, (particularly between ages 3 to 6), which is popularly known as ‘Freud’s Oedipus Complex Theory’. But he did not explain exactly why this happens. In my opinion, if there is any truth in this theory, the reason must be what I have just discussed above. It could be an expression the child’s hidden longing for a re-union with his mother, which was stopped at the time of weaning; or the child’s subconscious desire for replay of the breast feeding act, which is very similar to the sexual act in its core or essence. 
The sexual union is more dramatic and exhaustive, being a union between two grown up adults; whereas  breast feeding  is a gentler and quieter one, being a union between a mother and her small tender child. But in essence, they are very similar; and both the unions are meant to be personal and emotional, and not liberalised or commercialised. (We know what commercialisation of sex has done to the world; but we are yet to wake up to the bad consequences of commercialisation of milk). 
Fourthly, during these unions, the body fluids (semen/milk), which can be called white bloods, are transferred from one individual to another, just like a direct blood transfusion, without being taken out and exposed to the outside air, and without any alteration in their contents and temperature. That’s why the transferred fluids mingle effortlessly with the hosts’ body systems. That must be the reason why mother’s milk is the best food that is also easiest to digest for the infant. However, as per the scheme of creation, these body fluids, (or white bloods) are not meant to be taken out and mixed with other substances, or boiled, chilled, thawed, and re-introduced into the bodies of somebody else via a different route. In other words, these body fluids are not to be shared with every Tom, Dick and Harry, or to be commercialised. This is another solid reason why milk is not for adults, or why adults cannot benefit from milk.
As stated above, these two white bloods (semen and milk) are the principal means of reproduction, which commences with the sowing of semen in the female’s womb, and concludes with the act of milk feeding and weaning. Have we ever considered that our genealogy or bloodline is also being traced through these white bloods? In fact, those we regard as blood relatives are those who share these white bloods. It can, therefore, be said that even cow’s milk (white blood) is to be shared by only those who are the blood relatives, or who are in the bloodline of that mother cow, and not to be shared by other calves, nor by adult human beings.
By Lalthara, IAS (Rtd), former Chief Secretary, Nagaland.

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