Breastfeeding & Catholic Motherhood

God's Plan for You and Your Baby

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God has a plan for you and your baby, and it starts with breastfeeding. He wants you to use the gifts He gave you — physical and spiritual — to help your baby thrive and mold you into a loving Catholic mother. That’s why the Church has long promoted breastfeeding.

Today, many mothers know that the medical evidence in favor of breastfeeding is overwhelming: your milk nourishes your baby and boosts his immunity; your warm, reassuring maternal embrace fosters his early mental and emotional development.

But the spiritual reasons for breastfeeding are just as strong. Citing priests and popes, author Sheila Kippley here shows that nursing is not only the best way to ensure your baby’s health and proper psychological development; it’s an integral part of your vocation as a Catholic mother.

Nursing your baby is an act of Christian charity. Indeed, Pope John Paul II says that nursing mothers are “truly heroic.” Their selflessness is a boon to the family, the Church, and society. Breastfeeding creates the intimate bonds of love and trust on which all Christian communion is based. It awakens tenderness in you and a sense of wonder at creation, especially at the marvel you cradle in your arms, your tiny baby.

These pages show that breastfeeding is the best care you can give your baby, and it’s also good for you as a Catholic woman. Nursing will deepen your love and develop in you habits of meditation and prayer.

Let Sheila Kippley help you take the next step toward breastfeeding. Soon, as you gaze on the baby nursing in your arms, you’ll find praise of God welling up in your soul, and thanksgiving for His wonderful works and for the marvelous gifts He has given you.

 

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  • Pages: 128
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-933184-04-3
  • Product Code: 043
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Great affirmation for the breastfeeding mother
This is such a clear, thoughtful, and well-written book. I would recommend it to any Catholic mother who wants to breastfeed or reaffirm her position that breastfeeding is best for her and her children. She really makes a great argument for nursing your baby longer than a year, an idea I never would have considered before reading this book.
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Inspiring and encouraging
I really appreciate having read this book, and I now feel more empowered as a soon-to-be-mom. It is sometimes difficult in our culture to find much support as a Catholic wanting to practice breastfeeding. I will pick up this book each time I feel like I need reassurance.
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A must-read for all mothers
This book is an incredible reminder of all the truths of the gift of the vocation to motherhood that our culture has forgotten. Uplifting to any mother, it outlines the tremendous impact that the maternal-infant bond has on children, and how profound those commonly overlooked sacrifices of the mother really are in the lives of tomorrow's future leaders - today's children.
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A great reminder for breastfeeding moms
I consistently go back to this book for inspiration to keep me going and to remind myself that breast-feeding is not just about nutrition for my child. This journey hasn't always been easy for me but remembering that there are reasons and intentions for the whole process makes me so much more dedicated and spiritually inclined to keep going.
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Boosted my confidence as a nursing mother
An excellent book! This book is intended for Catholic mothers, although I suppose the information could be used by anyone. It was very insightful and has really given me strength as a nursing mother in a society that is not always encouraging of breastfeeding. It has made me a more confident mother.
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