Welcome to another Real Food Quote Monday (RFQM). Each Monday, I quote from something I read, and ask you to add your thoughts.
The Miracle of Breast Milk
I was thumbing through Real Food: What to Eat and Why and came across one of my favorite passages, on the topic of breast milk. It is actually a bittersweet passage for me — I'll tell you why after I share the quote.
Nina Planck writes:
“Breast milk is our first food, the best food, the ultimate traditional food in all cultures without exception.
Because it was designed as the baby's only source of food, breast milk is a complete meal. If the mother is well nourished on real food, her breast milk will contain just the right amount of protein, fat carbohydrates, and all the other nutrients for the growing baby, including essential vitamins.. [excepting iron, as the author notes, and for good reason] …
Breast milk is not only a complete meal but also a rich one: about 50 percent of its calories come from fat. Indeed, fats may be the most important thing about breast milk. At the most basic level, fat is essential for the baby's growth and development, and for assimilating protein and the fat-soluble vitamins A and D…
Many other factors in breast milk boost the baby's immunity, an essential shield in its new, germ-filled world. …
Breast milk is the most important food a mother will ever feed her baby.“
Obviously, breast milk is miraculous! When I read passages like that, I marvel at the perfection of God's design for our nourishment.
So what is bittersweet for me? Even though I nursed all three of my children for a good long while, I myself was not nourished well on real food. Consequently, the first few years of our babies' lives were fraught with illness, infections, skin problems, and allergies. I'm sure what I offered was better than conventional formula, but still…. I cannot help looking back on that time and wish I knew then what I know now! My babies' first food could have been so much more nourishing.
New Every Morning
But let me not forget — and don't you, either — that each day is new. God's word says,
“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. –Lamentations 3:22-23”
Can you hear the campfire song in your head, like I can, reading those words? So encouraging that each day I can begin anew being molded into the woman, wife and mother God would have me be. Each morning brings new opportunities to learn and grow in my slim grasp of God's design for health and life. This gives me such hope!
God does not desire than any should despair over the past. He wants us to learn from our mistakes or misfortunes, and begin again. And again. 😉 Whatever it takes to press on toward Him and a life lived fully for Him.
God's plan for our first food is miraculous. But even more so is God's mercy. Though my “soul sinks within me” when I think on the past, I have hope. God's compassions and mercies never fail. I am so grateful! How about you? What mercies has the Lord shown you recently? Let's praise Him together!
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