Breastfeeding maternity leave


My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches and glory.

JEHOVAH JIRAH my provider, his grace us sufficient for me.

1 Corinthians 3:16 NASB

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

Matthew 7:7-10 NASB

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?

I walked and I cried. I repeated over and over again, “my god shall supply all your needs.”  It has been hard to have enough milk to feed you. You lost a pound in the first few days. My milk supply was not enough.

But God has provided.

Sometimes I wondered if he would supply with formula, but that doesn’t seem in keeping with his riches and glory.

It’s a daily bread kind of thing. I don’t have large stores of extra milk, but I’ve been able to feed you only breast milk for two days and you haven’t lost weight, stopped peeing or stopped pooping.

And in answer to a special prayer God did provide about an ounce extra yesterday when I prayed he would allow me to see progress yesterday.

And now as this day begins I pray he will supply for another day. There is no clearer sign for me that God is the one sending your food. I am just a conduit. He is your heavenly Father, I am just your earthly parent; reliant on God in the same way you are, for every bite and every breath and for the ability to care for and parent you.

It’s hard to express this last thought in a way that doesn’t sound like I’m glad you were so miserable,  but of course I believe God knew what he was doing when he didn’t just supply an abundance in the beginning. You were screaming and crying for several days and I was up with you giving you my undivided attention, my heart and my soul and every ounce of strength. God created me and he knows me and he knows I bond with those who make me work for it. I’m not sure, without those hard days, that I would be as easily and fully in love with you as I am.

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