Virgin Mary breastfeeding Jesus

Virgin Mary breastfeeding Jesus
Nursing Madonna (wikimedia commons)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chronicles of a Catholic Nursing Mother - Week 9

Tonight I felt drawn to meet Jesus at Mass and the Eucharist. I don't often go to daily Mass, because I am a busy mom with young children. However, sometimes I just need to go. The priest talked about how to achieve peace - completely submit to God's will. That sure can be tough sometimes, particularly for me right now. Today I am a 4 day evacuee and counting due to the Los Conchas fire near Los Alamos where I live. Just another phase to my journey I was not expecting.

One nice thing about still nursing my toddler, is I can provide a little bit of normalcy for him during this time of uncertainty. Breastfeeding is always important in crisis and emergency situations, especially for newborns and babies. Imagine needing to flee your house at a certain time and needing to remember all the feeding apparatus in addition to all those special pictures and papers. It sure is a blessing and a life saver to be a breastfeeding mother.

For more information on breastfeeding in an emergency, one good site is: www.llli.org/emergency.html

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Chronicles of a Catholic Nursing Mother - Week 8

Today is the celebration of the Holy Body and Blood of Jesus in the Church liturgical year. My parish priest commented at Mass that Jesus knows we need Him and He also needs us in a way. That is why He gave us His Body and Blood - so we can have that close relationship with Him always. I definitely need Jesus at this time in my life.

I entitled my post "Chronicles of a Catholic Nursing Mother - Week 8" because I am a Catholic woman, nursing a toddler, and 8 weeks into pregnancy. As I have been pondering my life, I have wondered why God chose to send me a baby at this time. One of my children was recently diagnosed with a serious but manageable life changing illness. It is difficult not to be consumed daily with all the details of it. Maybe God chose to send me a baby as gift to comfort me in my sadness? Maybe He thought a new life and breastfeeding a new baby would help me shift my focus and give me a new, hopeful perspective? Sometimes a new life and breastfeeding a new baby is medicine to the soul!