Nursing your newborn can be one of the most rewarding moments in your life... It can also be one of the most trying. The task of conditioning you, your boobies, and your baby to draw out the very nutrients needed to nourish your little one can take it’s toll on your patience and is a total paradigm shift.
Like any new mother, breastfeeding was a challenge. I had trouble getting my son to latch on (create a suction with his mouth to the nipple); I doubted my ability to even produce enough and whether to even bother trying to nurse. It wasn't until I had the help of a lactation consultant was I able to give breastfeeding a real chance. I am so glad I did. The consultant was able to remind me of how I have been graced to breastfeed. She shared with me an amazing concept that took me a minute to get my mind around: The more your baby suckles... the more milk you produce. You can never run out. I gave her the screw-face... “Really?” Never run out, huh? That’s not what happened when I would pump. It seemed like I would be on the pump (especially, when little man would not latch) for 30-40 minutes and I would only pump 2 oz. total! It definitely seemed like I ran out.
She reminded me that... a pump is not the same as your baby... And that even physiologically, there is something in me that knows the difference. On one still and quiet afternoon of nursing when my son really started to latch-on with ease, the Holy Spirit began to speak; You know it’s just like God to create a well that never runs dry... The more you require of it, the more it produces. It never runs out no matter how much I dunk my bucket, there’s always going to be enough. Just like that... God introduced me to His all sufficient grace... the more I need His grace, the more there is. I have grace for marriage, grace for motherhood, grace for a business... no matter how much I need Him to accomplish anything... the more He is available to me. Like milk to a suckling, I will always be nourished by His Grace. Great thing is , He is no “respecter of persons.” All YOU have to do is ask...GRACE!