Breast tissue...of increasing importance
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Breasts and their function
A sign of fertility, the mark of life-giving milk. These are quotes used in earlier times to describe a woman's breasts. Ancient paintings and representations of woman goddesses often emphasized the breasts as the sign of motherhood and child-bearing. Today, the way one views a woman certainly has changed to a more independent and liberal outlook but the function of the breasts in procreation still remains the same - they are vital to the nourishment and immunity of a newborn child. Through the lactation of breast milk infants are provided with a mixture of lactose, fats, ions, vitamins, immunoglobulin A and casein which binds calcium.