God must have had precious mothers in mind when he created the breastfeeding relationship…

Sleeping infant after nursing

He knew that we moms might be inexperienced in the beginning…
so He created babies with the instincts they would need to learn to breastfeed. If laid skin-to-skin on mom’s chest, many babies will begin scooting towards the breast when they are only a few minutes old.  Babies also are born with the instinct to suck and root. Even in the womb babies are practicing their sucking skills. Every time babies latch in the first few days they cause mom’s uterus contract back down preventing hemorrhaging. 

He knew that we moms might be worried about feeding our babies…

so He gave us the most perfect food source to nourish them. Even if moms don’t eat quite the perfect diet, babies will still get all of the nutrients they need. Then He made sure that Mom would have just the right amount available for them when they needed it.  Baby regulates the milk supply by the amount he nurses. 

He knew that we moms might be very busy…

so He made it incredibly convenient to care for these precious little ones. He provided a food source that we cannot help but carry around with us at all times. We can’t forget it. We don’t need any accessories. There’s nothing to wash. It’s always perfectly warm. All a baby needs is Mama for his hunger and thirst to be satisfied whether they are at the market, at the playground, or in bed half asleep.  Nursing is a convenient tool for soothing a fussy baby or helping him to fall asleep.  Breastfeeding burns lots of calories, helping mom get back down to a healthy post-pregnancy weight while she sits cuddling her baby. Much more fun than jogging!

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He knew that it would take a lot of energy and effort to care for a baby…

so He designed breastfeeding to release hormones that promote relaxation and bonding.  Mom becomes downright addicted to her baby! So when it’s been one of those days and mom is about ready to crack (not that I would know anything about that!), she has no choice but to sit down, put her feet up, cuddle up with baby, and enjoy that rush of oxytocin. Breastfeeding moms also have lower rates of postpartum depression.

He knew that babies need lots of love and attention…

so He doesn’t give us more than we can handle. Breastfeeding can be used to prevent pregnancy. Mothers who are exclusively breastfeeding according to the rules of ecological breastfeeding have their menstrual cycle naturally suppressed for an average of 14.6 months.  The reason ecological breastfeeding works is because its rules encourage baby to meet all his sucking needs at the breast, releasing prolactin which suppresses fertility. No substitutes like bottles or pacifiers are used.  As long as your baby needs your full attention for that comfort and nutrition, he can help ensure that he won’t have to share mom with a sibling too soon just by nursing. Likewise, Mom won’t have another baby before she is ready, though babies usually don’t need to wean when Mom does want another baby. (Please fully research the correct way to use any birth control method before implementing it for family planning!)

He knew that mothering is a life long job…

so He made sure we would stay as healthy as possible.  Breastfeeding reduces mom’s risk of cancer, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and diabetes. It’s no surprise that when we allow our bodies to do what they were designed for, they work better overall and stay healthier for a lifetime. 

Obviously I can’t really know exactly what God was thinking when he created us, but I do believe that He designed us to work pretty well most of the time. It’s so amazing that the one simple act of breastfeeding can bring about all these amazing benefits! 



To read more about the benefits of breastfeeding, check out these resources

 
 
How have you found breastfeeding to be beneficial? I’d love to read your stories. 

 

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