For three days I prayed that hand expressing some breastmilk would help Jonathan gain weight by encouraging him to drink the hind milk and less of the fore milk. I would soon find out if it worked when I took him to the doctor’s office on Monday following the weekend. After taking his temperature, weight and measurements, we were escorted to the exam room and waited to see the doctor.
She came in to the room and presented us with great news. Jonathan had exceeded his birthweight and gained what he had lost at the hospital. I explained to her about the overactive let-down and what I did to resolve the problem. We did not have to give him baby formula. I was so pleased at the results and was overjoyed with the knowledge that I was nourishing Jonathan with the breastmilk that my body was producing. I felt blessed by God that he had given me such a wonderful gift to nourish my baby and in abundance.
Thereafter, I continued to breastfeed Jonathan on demand. Delighting in the bond between he and I, I reveled in the moment we shared. I knew breastfeeding was the best thing for my baby and it was a choice I made that worked for me.
Fortunately, my employer understood the importance of my desire to continue breastfeeding and engaging in attachment parenting as much as I could. They allowed me to telecommute twice a week so I could have two extra days, apart from the weekends, breastfeeding Jonathan. I know I was blessed. I think it’s time to celebrate with an appropriate choice –it’s time for a Dulce de Leche cupcake! How sweet the milk indeed!
Guiding Lesson: Eve, I remember how happy I was when I heard the doctor tell you that
Jonathan gained the weight he had lost in the hospital. That was such great news to my ears. I knew how hard you worked and how focused you were in trying to make sure Jonathan would thrive. And because you were very clear on your true and selfless desire as well as being committed to your son’s well being by acting accordingly, God graced you with abundance of milk, with precious time with Jonathan and with overflowing love for you.
This time in your life was when everything around you cooperated in the God’s divine plan for you and Jonathan. Yes, Eve, you were part of this. You co-created with the Eternal. You experienced a bit of heaven on earth.
The sacred was present in the ordinary and mundane tasks of your day. Your body’s ability to nourish your son, Jonathan’s openness to receive, your employer’s willingness and understanding to provide you the appropriate accommodations were gifts from above. The channels were opened to receive all these graces because you were very clear, at that moment in time, of who you were and faithfully surrendered to nature’s invitation of motherhood. You were glowing and filled with so much grace. I felt that we were one again. Every time you looked in the mirror, I know you felt me. You smiled with warmth even though you were tired. There was something so much bigger than you at work during this time and you were a co-author of it.
Thanks, Eve, for embracing the grace within you and allowing me to guide you in motherhood. So keep in mind that when you kiss your child, you are kissing the face of God. As you learned, the Divine is waiting for you in your day-to-day routine. So fall in love each day with each task you take and you may be surprised to find a touch of Heaven waiting for you.