Tag Archives: The Sacrament of Breastfeeding

The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #6: Mastitis and the Trinity

Welcome! This is a reworking of an earlier post, from March 2013 (just so I’m not soliciting undue sympathy: I’m fine now!).  Being a woman equals being in community. The same might feel true for men (I hope it does), but I can’t write that blog post, being in possession, as I am, of two […]

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The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #5: Bible Blokes and Cultural Capital

Nah, don’t worry, I’m not going to launch into a breastfeeding campaign using biblical texts to convince you of anything. I just thought this was a nice point made by someone on the Dulce de Leche blog. Peter writes in his first New Testament letter: Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, […]

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The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #4: Mary and Jesus

We don’t know for sure that Mary was a breastfeeding mother, but it seems a reasonable inference. In a time before formula and modern medical care, she would have had few other options, and if she or someone else hadn’t breastfed Jesus he would almost certainly have died in infancy, from malnourishment or water-borne disease, […]

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The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #3: Delicious!

Breastfeeding is a team sport. One of the delights of breastfeeding a toddler is how our communication about feeding has developed. SBJ has gone from saying ‘Brr!’ to ‘Bee!’ to ‘Feed!’ Now we’re in the land of full-ish sentences, though the syntax is often, shall we say, idiosyncratic. Tonight, here was our conversation: Me: Honey, […]

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The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #2: Sung and Suckled Eucharist

‘That’s going straight to the blog!’ Miriam predicted as we walked out of the church service on Sunday. We had the lucky experience of hanging out at Archbishop Justin‘s place this weekend, staying with SBJ’s English godfather, who lives in Canterbury. It’s a pretty nice church.     Since the first, self-conscious time I breastfed […]

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The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #1: Slow Food

Breastfeeding as a spiritual practice: yes. I appreciated this article by American minister Courtney Belcher Ellis. Like, dare I say, many of us here, before she had her son, Courtney was a high-achieving, overworking professional who found it hard to slow down. There’s nothing like breast-feeding a baby to enforce slowness. Over time, the time […]

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