For a while now I have been reflecting on my day-to-day life, how much of it is a routine. Withal, I was able to draw a conclusion on one aspect of my life, breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has taught me to slow down.
How you might ask.
You see, our lives are full constant tasks. I feel as if our days consist of a daily to-do list in which we check off every single task as the day goes by.
*Brush my teeth, check!
*Change clothes, check!
*Have breakfast, check!
And so on, until it’s time for bed.
When we finally arrive at our beds we say our prayers, we reflect on the day, we fall asleep, and then we get to do it all over again the next day.
Now, breastfeeding makes me stop what I’m doing in order to tend to my child’s needs. Breastfeeding forces me to slow down, sit down, and pay attention to someone else. There is no way for me to breastfeed while driving, for example. Oh yes, there are ways to carry my baby and breastfeed while doing something else. However, I have noticed that feeding her it is extremely special when I pay attention to her.
Every time I sit down and simply stare at her, be it at her small green eyes or at her sleeping face, she is there holding me while sucking my boob with such a gentleness that melts my heart.
I MUST slow down.
Every other time there is a special slow down moment. She was caressing me with her little right foot all over my left arm. Ever so lovely and gentle. She simply stared at me and graced me with the sweetest milky smile.
Could there be anything more precious? Should I dismiss this moment as less than any other? It’s moments like these that help me understand lyrics such as “I don’t wanna close my eyes, I don’t wanna fall asleep, ’cause I’ll miss you babe and I don’t wanna miss a thing.”
I know she’ll grow and soon will not fit in my arms. There will come a time when she will not look at me with such eyes and touch me with such gentleness. This is how we also grow in God. Day by day we go on but there are memorable days.
Nonetheless, my baby will be grown up, but I’d still see my baby. No matter how tall, how big, or how old, I will always remember the baby that was brought out of my womb. No matter how many tantrums, mistakes, or wrong decisions I will always be there for her. That is God for us. He sees all the goodness in us and wants what is best for us.
So breastfeeding has been a lot more than feeding my baby. It has taught me to appreciate things and to allow myself to slow down. In the midst of our busy lives, we must take time to slow down and talk with God.
Trust in God as your anchor to your soul and you will reach your purpose.