Virgin Mary breastfeeding Jesus

Virgin Mary breastfeeding Jesus
Nursing Madonna (wikimedia commons)

Friday, July 31, 2015

First CNML Principle

First CNML Principle:
God the Creator has a plan for all men, women and children and this plan applies to every area of our lives. The Catholic Church's authoritative teaching helps us to know this plan.  God's plan includes conception, childbirth and the nurturing of babies. 

As Catholics, we believe that God has a very special plan for each of us.  Just as our fingerprints are unique, so is God's plan for our lives.  His plan impacts what vocation and career we will have, who are friends and spouse will be, what talents we possess, and even the smaller everyday details that make up our days.

How can we learn God's plan for us? The best way is by staying close to God through prayer, and Scripture and spiritual reading; participating in the Mass and sacraments frequently; and consulting our spouse, good friends, family members, and our spiritual director if we have one.

As nursing mothers, we are following God's natural design by conceiving, birthing and nurturing our babies through breastfeeding.  Just a few days after your baby is born, your milk supply will arrive even if you are not nursing your baby (of course, to continue that supply and to ensure it is ample, frequent nursing needs to occur).  This is a sign that God planned it this way.  I hope you will agree with me that it is a privilege to conceive, birth and nurse a baby.  It can be difficult in today's society to see it this way.  That is one reason the Catholic Nursing Mothers League was founded - to provide a loving environment for women who are trying to follow God's natural design of having children and nursing them.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Series on CNML Principles

I am starting a new series of blog posts on the CNML principles. I hope you will return weekly to the CNML blog for a discussion of each one. Maybe you are new to the CNML principles or maybe you read them years ago when you first found CNML. Either way, please feel free to leave a comment if a particular principle is especially dear to you or even if you do not agree with one! I look forward to the discussion!

What exactly is a principle? After doing a quick Internet search, I discovered the following explanation from vocabulary.com:

"A principle is a kind of rule, belief, or idea that guides you.In general, a principle is some kind of basic truth that helps you with your life."

The CNML principles guide nursing mothers in their important vocation of motherhood. The majority of them remind us of the spiritual, emotional and physical benefits of breastfeeding to mom and baby. However, not all CNML principles focus exclusively on breastfeeding. One emphasizes the unique role of the father in the family. Another mentions the importance of the mother's presence during those first few tender years of a child's life. Still another states the truth that the Catholic Church teaches: God has a plan for all of us.

The CNML principles are attainable ideals. This means that they can be successfully followed in many families. However, no mother is perfect nor part of a perfect home life situation, so she may not live out every principle as well as she hopes. However, that doesn't mean we should abandon them completely - just do our best to gleam wisdom from them and practice them with God's help.

We all need guides! Hopefully the Catholic Nursing Mothers League ministry and principles will help you feel encouraged and supported while you are in this special time of motherhood.