MY BREASTS HAVE SINNED
Danny is cranky this evening.
I don’t blame him. My time was not my own today. I barely made evening service. I am exhausted, but I had made up my mind this morning not to miss communion service. Danny starts to wimper,,,then the real cry that can bring down the walls of China begin.
Step 1…unbutton my shirt
Step 2…pull down my bra
Step 3…thrust my nipples into his mouth
Danny’s cries come to a halt. Sweet relief. Obviously, My boy is hungry. I sigh and turn to listen to the sermon.
A tap on my shoulder. The usher is looking stern and very upset. Why?
She whispers in my ear.
Ohhhhhhhh. I am embarrassed. Whatttttttttttttttttttttttt???? I reverse my steps. You can guess what she said.
We are no strangers to ‘boobs’. All our Nigerian musical videos have helped us see ‘boobies’ free of charge.
So why do we see it inappropriate for a woman to breastfeed even in church? I think breastfeeding is a God-designed act. It is not only about providing our children what’s best for them. It is also about caring for them in the way God says he cares about his children.
With characteristically refreshing honesty, God describes his care for his people in terms of a nursing mother:
“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” (Isa. 49:15)
“and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip,
and bounced upon her knees.
As one whom his mother comforts,
so I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isa. 66:12)
Similarly, in Deuteronomy 32:11-13, and 18, Scripture speaks of God’s wilderness provisions as God “suckling” Israel. I think breastfeeding is a beautiful picture of God’s care: as babies crave not just nutrition but warmth and closeness, so we depend on God not simply for our daily bread alone but for the ongoing comfort and presence of the Holy Spirit.
If God sees no shame in nursing breasts, why should we?
Women should not be ashamed to breastfeed their children.
But in a community where breastfeeding is becoming a modesty issue, mothers need exercise careful discretion when breastfeeding in public places. What is the solution to this dilemma? Here are some ideas: cover yourself and your baby with a light blanket or other such covering and schedule feedings whenever possible. It does happen that even when you cover yourself and your baby with a light blanket some people will still give you THAT LOOK. But for sure you know that you are not explicit. Cool?
Enjoy the weekend.