Two of today's Scripture readings mention breastfeeding!
from Psalm 131:
"But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother's breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul."
Notice how the verse from Psalms talks about how breastfeeding quiets a child. Isn't that so true! When babies are hungry, sleepy, need to suckle or just need MOM, nursing often does the trick. I read in the newest issue of "New Beginnings" magazine put out by La Leche League that there are three things a baby needs: nourishment, warmth and security. Breastfeeding fulfills all three of these needs. Even older babies and toddlers need these things. How wonderful that a mother can breastfeed her child when he is feeling insecure among strangers or is having a meltdown!
from 1 Thes 2:
"We were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children."
During breastfeeding, hormones are released in the mother's body that help her to relax and sometimes even want to fall asleep! I believe that breastfeeding helps mothers be more gentle with their child. How easy it is for parents to get frustrated - I know I have felt that way many times over the years. However, sitting down to nurse a baby or a toddler seems to make life feel just a little bit better. I can often handle the next crisis in a more gentle manner and behave more similarly to how St. Paul treated his fellow Christians.