Boobs are weird. Well, what I mean to say is that how society views women's breasts is completely cockeyed. Yes, they can be a source of pleasure (both for a woman herself and her chosen partners), but when it comes to their most important biological function we quickly enter taboo territory. Breastfeeding? Okay, but preferably not visibly, and most certainly not in public. Breastfeed for more than 6-12 months? Hmmm, that's too controversial* because what are breasts actually for?
They can be ogled, Googled (ha, now I get where they REALLY got their name from), fetishized (where would the porn industry be without them?), altered (because it's only natural to surgically insert foreign materials into your body when it's not necessary), displayed in almost any setting (I somehow doubt that female professionals in the real world would be taken as seriously if they showed their jugs as generously [notice how many breast euphemisms there are?] as in TV drama-land, for example), marketed to pre-pubescent girls (do you really need a bra when you're only seven?), and even turned into a hugely profitable health industry (why are breast cancer victims discouraged from questioning dietary and environmental factors?), but what they're NOT supposed to do is provide nourishment.
Nope, take your babe off the boob! Much better to start drinking cow's milk (a whole other sad story of female victimization) and stop only until we fall into our graves. Um, what the hell?
*This post was inspired by a reference I heard last night to Alanis Morissette's decision to keep breastfeeding her 17-month-old son until he tells her he wants to stop.