I get a lot of people wanting to know why I am so passionate about babies being breastfed. Why does it matter? Why do I insist on talking about it? Why do I think it’s ok to do in public?
Besides for the thousands of medical, scientifically proven reasons to breastfeed, like breast milk provides your baby with all the nutrients he or she needs (while formula tries and constantly improves, is still missing many vital vitamins, nutrients and *hormones*- yes hormones, that baby needs to properly grow and develop), promotes bonding between mom and baby, decreases postpartum depression, is always the right temperature, is always ready, and never requires bottle washing- Not to mention to decreases moms AND baby girls chances of ever getting breast cancer, there is also a foundational reason to breastfeed. It is what we are biologically meant to do and how we were created to feed our babies. As a Christian, I firmly believe that God did it right the first time and no amount of tampering in a formula lab is going to make baby formula even come close to how God made it.
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The Bible actually speaks quite a bit about breastfeeding. Awhile back I wrote a Facebook note, (this note was also published on The Guggie Daily) listing scriptures that mentioned breastfeeding and throwing in bits of my own feedback throughout. This is going to be an updated, cleaned up version of that because that is what every Christian should be asking themselves if they are questioning appropriateness and the necessity of breastfeeding.

Luke 11:27 (New Living Translation)

 27 As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!
whoa mama! You just yelled over a crowd to Jesus about sucking on his moms breasts? And it was put into scripture?! Hey, why doesn’t this very public announcement to sucking on boobs not sound more offensive than this? Maybe because it simply is not considered offensive?
Being able to nurse and be nursed was actually considered a blessing and it was a curse for those who couldn’t.


Genesis 49:25

By the God of your father Who will help you, and by the Almighty Who will bless you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings lying in the deep beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

Have we come to the place where we consider the boobs who haven’t nursed to be the blessed ones?

Luke 23:29

For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!

Have we become cruel by taking nursing away from our babies? By taking the perfect food that God created for our infants and replacing it with medical emergency replacement supplementation?

Lamentations 4:3

Even the jackals draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones, but the daughter of my people has become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness { that desert their young}. The tongue of the nursing babe cleaves to the roof of its mouth for thirst; the young children beg for food, but no one gives it to them.
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I really dont believe God minds us feeding these delicate little babies who gave to us wherever we are at the time they need to be fed. After all, he himself invites nursing mothers and babies to a huge public affair.

Joel 2:16

Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.

After all, God speaks so fondly and comfortingly about breastfeeding.

Isaiah 60:16

You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

He shows such compassion to these children that he loves so.

Isaiah 49:15

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

Scripture shows us what a high priority breastfeeding was and how it was encouraged to continue on until the right time for the mother and baby. The average weaning age during this period (and all people, if we allowed children to nurse until self weaned) is 3-5yrs!


I Samuel 1:21-23
And Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. But Hannah did not go, for she said to her husband, I will not go until the child is weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and remain there as long as he lives. Elkanah her husband said to her, Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only, may the Lord establish His word. So Hannah remained and nursed her son until she weaned him.

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God considers a mother who breastfeeds to be devoted and one who cherishes.

I Thessalonians. 2:7-8

But we behaved gently when we were among you, like a devoted mother nursing and cherishing her own children. So, being thus tenderly and affectionately desirous of you, we continued to share with you not only God’s good news ( the Gospel) but also our own lives as well, for you had become so very dear to us.

Psalm 22:10

 9-11 And to think you were midwife at my birth, 

      setting me at my mother’s breasts! 

   When I left the womb you cradled me; 

      since the moment of birth you’ve been my God.

 

And there are even more examples of where God proves that he is not skittish about our breasts or the act of breastfeeding. Please, take note that he never hints at “being discreet” or using a public restroom to nurse in. He looks at breastfeeding as a beautiful act that embodies his closeness to us and his desire and ability to nourish and fill and love, all in one act. He often uses breastfeeding as a symbol to describe how he adores and cherishes us and nothing God does is indecent or something that needs to be hidden. So let your light shine. Let your baby nurse and let your shame and distorted views of this wholesome, pure act fall off of you.

Isaiah 66:11-13 

11 For you will nurse and be satisfied 

   at her comforting breasts; 

you will drink deeply 

   and delight in her overflowing abundance.”

 12 For this is what the LORD says:

   “I will extend peace to her like a river, 

   and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; 

you will nurse and be carried on her arm 

   and dandled on her knees. 

13 As a mother comforts her child, 

   so will I comfort you; 

   and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

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Psalms 22:9

“Yet you are He who took me out of the womb; You made me hope and trust when I was on my mother’s breasts.”

Song of Solomon 7:8

“Let your breasts be as clusters of the grapevine, and the scent of your breath like apples..””I resolve I will climb the palm tree, I will grasp its branches. “

 

Hosea 1:8

“Now when [Gomer] had weaned Loruhamah, she became pregnant again and bore a son.”

Isaiah 40:11

“He will feed His flock like a shepherd, He will gather the lambs in His arm, He will carry them in His bosom, and will gently lead those that have their young.”

Genesis 21:7
And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Proverbs 5:19

19 A loving doe, a graceful deer— 

   may her breasts satisfy you always, 

   may you ever be intoxicated with her love.

Song of Solomon 8:1

If only you were to me like a brother, who was nursed at my mother’s breasts! Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me.

Isaiah 28:9

“Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast?

*disclosure- I do not think moms who can not nurse or have a medical condition, or have adopted children are cruel or doing anything wrong. I simply want people to see the beauty in breastfeeding and for those of us who have been blessed with the ability to nurse not be put down or shamed for it when God clearly created it to be a pure and wholesome way to nourish our babies*

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