While it certainly pays to breastfeed, I bet you never thought about someone getting paid to breastfeed. Read this:
“And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him.” Exodus 2:9 (ESV)
With all the controversy surrounding breastfeeding and doing so in public, one must take a step back and look at how valuable that process was in ancient days. Mothers knew that physically providing for their children, from their own bodies, was an effective way of ensuring they would raise healthy children. Science shows us that this is true. But the Bible also shows us that this task, this endeavor that takes up much of a new mother’s time, is worth her wages.
Moms are so undervalued it is truly incredible and heart-wrenching at the same time. And the worst offenders are often other women. Those ladies who choose to return to work (or are forced to due to economic requirements) are sometimes tempted to snidely look down upon those of us who stayed home to “nurse” and “rear” our children.
I have had people say they “don’t work,” because, they explain, they are “stay-at-home moms.” Having been in that position, I can assure you there is more work involved in that duty than in most corporate America jobs. Being a mom means you clock in the day of conception and you’re on that clock until the day you take your last breath. Some days and hours and seasons are less tiresome and stressful than others, but you deserve your wages.
Something interesting to note here is the fact that we often see the “world” belittling those things that the Bible holds dear. When the Bible says something is valuable or useful the “world” tells us that it is to be avoided, shamed, or labeled socially unacceptable. This is why there is an attack on the beauty of breastfeeding. The “world” would much prefer that we inundate our children with toxins from the moment they can swallow rather than allow them the benefits of God’s creative provision.
I support breastfeeding moms, and even those who do so in public. I have been one. Where do you stand? And, if God found Moses’ mom worthy of a paycheck for nursing him to health, don’t you think you should be a little more enthusiastic about the ladies you know who are doing it for free?
Main Picture is by Bristol Mother Suckers.