The most difficult part about starting a blog is coming up with a good name…

I’ve been thinking about starting a breastfeeding blog for some time now…and amazingly, have even been encouraged to do so (people actually want to read what I have to say??)  The only thing that was stopping me was a name.  I thought and thought and thought some more.  And as original as some of my ideas seemed, when I Googled them they were already taken or there was a site too similar.

Breastfeeding is a part of our life.  Especially when we are home, snuggled up with our two boys; there is a pretty good chance that they are nursing.  We are a family of lactivists.  And so, one evening, as I spouted off a story about galactagogues (substances that promotes lactation), my ever so witty husband called me a Galactagoddess.  Immediately, I thought “That’s it!  That’s the name of my blog!” but then I thought some more.  I’m a pretty humble gal, did I really want to compare myself to a deity??

Well, you know the answer, because otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it!  I’m not asking anyone to put me on a pedestal.  I’m putting myself on a pedestal.  I’m owning up to my ability to do something pretty amazing…the ability to sustain another human being.  And I’m inviting you to do the same.  Whether you breastfed for a day, a few weeks, six months, one year, four years…you are a goddess in my book.

DISCLAIMER : Obviously, I feel very strongly about breastfeeding, but I know that there are women who can not or do not want to breastfeed.  I respect their decisions (they are merely goddesses of a different nature).

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galacto- or galacta-

pref.

Milk: galactose.
[From Greek galakto-, from gala, galakt-, milk; see melg- in Indo-European roots.]

god·dess  (gds)

n.

1. A female being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people.
2. often Goddess A female being believed to be the source of life and being and worshiped as the principal deity in various religions. Used with the.
3. An image of a female supernatural being; an idol.
4. Something, such as fame or wealth, that is worshiped or idealized.
5. A woman of great beauty or grace.