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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
World Breastfeeding Week
Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
Why is a Catholic blog talking about World
Breastfeeding is the healthiest and safest way to feed your baby. It's natural. Human breast milk holds the perfect nutrition for a human baby. It aids the bonding between mommy and baby. It's free! It's portable. You don't need any supplies but your own body. It's the method of baby feeding that God designed.
Sure, there are certain instances where breastfeeding must be interrupted or stopped altogether. As a former La Leche League Leader, I know this. But most of the time--when there are problems--with a little advice from a breastfeeding councilor, lactation consultant, or even an experienced friend, those problems can be solved and breastfeeding can continue.
When is World Breastfeeding Week?
From August 1st to the 7th. Here's the website to tell you all about World Breastfeeding Week 2012.
So, what am I supposed to do about World Breastfeeding Week anyway?
If you're planning to have children, you can educate yourself about breastfeeding. Maybe pick up a copy of my favorite breastfeeding book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.
If you have no children, or they're all grown up, you can still educate yourself about the benefits of human milk for human babies. That way you'll feel confident when you see your daughters or daughters-in-law breastfeeding your grandchildren. You'll also smile with appreciation when random women nurse their infants in public.
Breastfeeding sort of fell out of favor for a while, at least in the U.S. My mother didn't nurse us kids. It never even came up at her prenatal visits. She didn't know how healthy it was. But then, after hearing about its benefits, she appreciated when my sister and I nursed our children.
Does the Bible mention breastfeeding?
Yep. Go to Mothering from the Heart to read which scripture passages mention breastfeeding.
How about breastfeeding in church?
Of course! What better way to keep baby calm and happy, not to mention quiet!
One of my daughters recently mused over the idea that pregnant moms taking the Eucharist might also be imparting the benefits to their babies. That blew me away, but in a good way! :)
I didn't fully return to the Church until all of my children were weaned, but what a marvelous thing it would have been to take the Eucharist while pregnant or even nursing.