Monday, June 17, 2013

The Puritans on Breastfeeding

I'm so thankful that I'm able to nurse my baby and wanted to share an interesting article I read on breastfeeding over at Visionary Womanhood this morning. Before today I had had no idea the Puritans had written on this subject!

Gouge on Breastfeeding

Of giving suck to children
Among other needful things, the milk of the breast is fit for young babes, and with it they are to be nourished. I think none doubt of the equity of this. It hath in all ages, and in all countries, been accounted the best food that can be for young babes.
The metaphor which Peter uses… [As new-born babes desire the sincere milk of the word (1 Peter 2:2)] confirms as much.
So doth also the desire which such infants have to the milk of the breasts: and the ability, and promptness which is in them to suck: and God’s providence in causing a woman’s breasts to yield forth such milk: and the constant manner of nourishing little infants after this manner, commended in the Scripture: and [to conclude]the natural instinct which many unreasonable creatures have thus to nourish their young ones. Go here to read more......

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