God created mother’s with an incredible intuition to know what is best for our babies. That intuition comes straight from the Father’s heart and to tap into it we need to draw near to Him.
I lost my own mother when I was 23 and I became pregnant with my first child at 26. Without my mom, I had no one to ask the in’s and out’s of pregnancy and giving birth. I had to turn to the Lord to seek wisdom on motherhood. My relationship with my heavenly Father helped me tap deeper into that mother’s intuition that He created within me.
It started with a desire placed in me to have a home birth. I started feeling this before I ever even became pregnant. I didn’t even know anyone who had a home birth. But the Lord kept revealing to me that this was the plan He had for me.
I’ve had two beautiful, wildly different home births (in two different homes). My son was born at home on Christmas Day and my daughter was born on the bathroom floor with a labor under two hours. I love sharing my experiences with other mamas who are interested in birthing at home.
Pretty early on in pregnancy I also began experiencing the innate desire to breastfeed. To nourish my baby through the body that the Lord gave me. Again, I didn’t know anyone who had breastfed their baby. My own mom didn’t breastfeed me. But, I knew that’s how I wanted to nourish my baby and I was determined to do it.
As I began learning the anatomy of the female body and how it is purposefully designed to grow and sustain life in the womb and for a period of time after a baby is born, I wanted to fully experience that. I’ve nursed my son for 4+ years and now alongside my 1 year old girl. It has truly been the most humbling, selfless, honoring experiences inside motherhood.
Before I had my son, I said I would never let him sleep in my bed. It wasn’t safe and I didn’t want to do anything at all that would risk his safety. But, I birthed him in my bed. And that first night, it felt SO unnatural moving him from the bed that he was born in, to a bassinet away from my bed and out of my arms.
After that first night, or son never left our bed. Yes, I’ve heard the jokes that he never will. But, the sweetness of falling asleep with his arm around my neck and waking up with his head snug against mine can’t be replaced.
At times, these decisions seemed crazy and even scary, but as I stepped out in faith and listened to the Lord’s guidance, He has confirmed these choices over and over. And so, Mother’s Millk has also been born. I don’t have it all figured out. The way I do things with and for my family may not work for you. My hope is to give you some inspiration to find out what flows best for you.
In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life—1 Peter 2:2