Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood by Sheila M Kippley Why breastfeeding is good for you and good for your baby, now and forever God has a plan for you and your baby, and it starts with breastfeeding He wants you to use the gifts He gave you physical and spiritual to help your baby thrive and mold you into a loving Catholic mother That s why the Church has long promoted breastfeeding Today, many mothers know that the medical evidence in favor of breastfeeding is overwhelming your milk nourishes your baby and boosts his immunity your warm, reassuring maternal embrace fosters his early mental and emotional development But the spiritual reasons for breastfeeding are just as strong Citing priests and popes, author Sheila Kippley here shows that nursing is not only the best way to ensure your baby s health and proper psychological development it s an integral part of your vocation as a Catholic mother Nursing your baby is an act of Christian charity Indeed, Pope John Paul II says that nursing mothers are truly heroic Their selflessness is a boon to the family, the Church, and society Breastfeeding creates the intimate bonds of love and trust on which all Christian communion is based It awakens tenderness in you and a sense of wonder at creation, especially at the marvel you cradle in your arms, your tiny baby These pages show that breastfeeding is the best care you can give your baby, and it s also good for you as a Catholic woman Nursing will deepen your love and develop in you habits of meditation and prayer Let Sheila Kippley help you take the next step toward breastfeeding Soon, as you gaze on the baby nursing in your arms, you ll find praise of God welling up in your soul, and thanksgiving for His wonderful works and for the marvelous gifts He has given you This is a wonderful, inspiring book on the reasons for breastfeeding Kippley provides scriptural and pontifical reasons for nursing your baby exclusively for six months and extended breastfeeding for at least two years I ve always weaned my children by 18 months, but I ve been inspired to try nursing my fifth child until s he is two loved this book aside from her equating working mothers with raising sociopaths. I cannot explain how much I love this book Every mother should read it This book is countercultural to what the majority of society says about motherhood and breastfeeding I give it 5 stars for its bold advice on the importance of breastfeeding not just for nutrition but also for comfort I feel very affirmed as a mother after reading this book There is something about this book that feels holy and pure Sounds strange to describe it this way but it tugged on my maternal heart.