Rumilia (also known as Rumina) is an ancient Roman Goddess of Breastfeeding, specifically the protector of all breastfeeding mothers, and possibly breastfeeding infants as well. Ruma is the Latin word for “breast”, and her name specifically translates to “The Nourisher”.
- Sacrifices of milk, not wine, were offered to Rumilia.
- Rumilia is connected to the Ficus Ruminalis (or Suckling Fig tree).
- She protected lactating mothers and animals alike.
- Rumilia’s sisters are the Godesses Cuba and Cunina (protectors of children while they sleep).
- Rumilia had a male counterpart Rumino, who protected milk-bearing livestock.