Wednesday, March 7, 2012

“and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip,
and bounced upon her knees.
As one whom his mother comforts,
so I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isa. 66:12) 

More and more, I feel a stronger passion to defend the right of the nursing mother, and to encourage women who nurse to do it proudly and openly.

If we hide ourselves in bathroom stalls, or cover ourselves up with mountains of cloth, or pump bottles whenever we anticipate being in public, what are we teaching our children? We are teaching them that this act is dirty or shameful. when in fact it is the most holy act that a mother can do for her child.

The divine design of our bodies allows the provision of the perfect food, Nature's perfect formula, created for both child and mother to thrive. 

I nursed Audrey this week at Disneyland, which is about as public as it can get. If anyone noticed, they didn't say a word. (That's the thing about nursing in public-- you really do see more in a Victoria's Secret billboard.)

 It's one thing for us women to say, "Yes, this is important to me and my child", but those words are trumped by shame if we then shuffle off to the car or the bathroom (yuck!) when our child is hungry. I see so many women in Orange County do this-- there seemed to be a much greater acceptance of nursing in Seattle.

I'd love to see the tides change. I think that Christian women have a special responsibility of teaching our children that there is no shame in feeding our children in the way that God intended..


  1. I completely agree with this post. I think there rare nursing manners that we should use, but I can't tell you how ridiculous it felt to nurse my child in the bathroom stall standing up, trying not to touch anything... ew!

    I feel very privileged to have been able to nurse my daughter (for 14 months!), but it was such a pain when we were out of the house and like anything else with parenting, everyone always has an opinion or fleeting or blatant comment. Nursing just egged it on. People rolling their eyes, "tsk" ing at me (in a macy's waiting room no less.

    I'm not sure why it is so taboo to be feeding my child if I am being discreet and not showing every part of my breasts.

    *sigh* I could go on and on about this! :) My Dad tells me that my Mom breastfed me until I was 3 months old but that even back then, people groaned about it. I wish my Mom was still alive so I could ask her all about it and how she handled it!

  2. Thank you for your comment. I wish my mom was still alive too to gain her insight and wisdom. Good for you for nursing your daughter for so long!