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Breastfeeding Blog Hop: Week 31 and It’s World Breastfeeding Week!!

Breastfeeeding Blog Hop

This post is part of the weekly Breastfeeding Blog Hop hosted by us and Sarah Jane over at Life as a Wife, Mummy, and Nurse. Link up your new or past post on this week’s topic and be sure to visit the participating blogs!

This week we are talking about World Breastfeeding Week (any breastfeeding-related post or one specifically about WBW)! 

Welcome to the new home of the Breastfeeding Blog Hop! You can check out our Breastfeeding Blog Hop page to check out the archives from The Slacker Mom and Life With Levi. We will also have each month’s topics listed there. If you would like for us to tweet your post, please leave your Twitter handle in the comments below so we can be sure to tag you!

Soon I’ll be holding my second nursling, starting a brand new adventure in the world of breastfeeding. To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and (hopefully!) Lily’s birth, I would like to share this poem that I wrote last fall along with a picture of Abby that still takes my breath away.

 
Remembering
 
You snuggle close
in the crook of my arm
and latch, relax, and eat.
 
I watch your eyes,
as they drift slowly off.
Milk-drunk, you drift to sleep.
 
If I could hold
you–this way–forever
I’d not need Paradise.
 
But tomorrow
–and with it, an older
you–I dare not try to fight.
 
So I’ll snuggle
you close, hold you a while
longer. For just a little bit more.
 
For the days are
short when I can nurse and
cuddle your sleeping form.
 
 

Remembering…

 

What are the things that you’ll remember most from the tiny infant days?



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I Wonder Why… Breastfeeding Reflections of a New Mother

Jeniffer wrote this on February 28, when her daughter was still only a few weeks old.We hope you enjoy her reflections during those fresh, brand-new mommy, snuggly newborn days.

Every night around 2 or 3 or 4, I wonder why. Why am I doing this whole nursing bit? What on earth is so important at 2 (or 3 or 4) in the morning that can’t be fixed with a bottle?

And then I sit up. And I grab my Boppy. Then. I pick up the little girl who has been clamoring for my attention.

As she nurses, I begin to remember (after all, I do have sore nipples).

When she is finished, she let’s go and gives this huge smile of relief. She curls into my arm’s crook as I try to burp her. And falls asleep before I get a chance to change her diaper. And this is why I do it. Because my body was made to feed her, it needs to feed her. And she needs to be fed.

For right now, I can take care of everything. With my boob. It must be a superpower.

Photo credit: Rachel Walton, CG Photography

 

This week we celebrate the superpower that is breastfeeding! And we remember why we do this beautiful, sometimes difficult thing. Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

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Worship Wednesday: Can a Woman Forget her Nursing Child?

“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    or lack compassion for the child of her womb?
    Even if these forget,
    yet I will not forget you.”

Isaiah 49:15

Because it happens to be World Breastfeeding Week, this verse seems fitting. But because of other events this week, it seems even more fitting.

Melissa introduced me almost two months ago to a little baby, born almost 8 weeks ago with Trisomy 18. This little boy, Tate, lived for over 7 weeks with this genetic disease, defying so many odds. When his mother went in to have her 6 week checkup, her doctor mentioned that it must be hard for her to make the visit. She was amazed to find out that, no, this checkup was not difficult because her boy was still alive. Yes, he is gone now. But Tate has touched countless lives with his and his mother’s and father’s testimony. They trusted in God to heal their boy, and He did heal him to the fullest when He brought Tate home with Him in Heaven. But not only did God heal Tate, He also allowed for him to be loved, cherished, and nurtured by his family for over 7 wonderful weeks. God is so good! Tate went home to Heaven on Saturday, carried by many prayers.

Another baby, Everett, never saw the light of day. His mother went for another checkup just after his due date in February and found that he had already died. She delivered him the next day and has carried him in her heart since. Her pregnancy had been completely normal, no complications whatsoever. Nothing at all even hinted that something could go wrong. But when it did, she and her husband fell in God’s embrace, constantly reminding themselves of God’s goodness, His mercy, and His love. It’s been five months since they buried their son, and they are rejoicing today because, in God’s great love, He has given them another baby. And while they are so cautious, they can still rest in Him, knowing that He loves them and that every day with this baby is a gift.

There are so many times in life when it feels like God has abandoned us. There are wars, famines, hurtss, death, and it seems that God couldn’t be in them. That He must not love us enough or He would do something about it. We may think, “Babies dying? Come on, God, how is that just? How is it right when their parents are faithful? You have a twisted sense of justice…” But the verse above? Remember what it says? Even if it were possible for these mothers who have lost their children, the children of their wombs, God would still not forget us!

I pray that as you nurse your child this week, that you will remember the great love that God has for each one of us. As far-fetched as it may seem, He loves us more than the love you have for your child. Even as you nurse. And that, my friend, is pretty spectacular.

If you’d like to read more about Tate’s story and learn how to pray for his family, you can visit his mother’s blog here. To read Everett’s story from the “start,” you can visit his mother’s blog here, or if you’d like to read her announcement post and rejoice with her, you can read it here.

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