Made for This by Katherine Barron


barron_katSo I was pumping today at work (that’s breastmilk for the uninitiated), and I had a thought.  “I was made for this.”  I had just gone and pumped because I felt a let-down.  Again, for the uninitiated, a “let-down” is the tingling/pins-and-needles feeling that women get when their milk comes in.  So I felt this let-down and went to pump, which took about 10 minutes.  I don’t use an electric pump mostly because I don’t use it that much and a manual means that I can pump wherever, without worrying about finding a plug.  Plus there’s not that pump noise that is very much not conducive to the relaxed feeling necessary for a good pumping session.  But I digress.

I had finished and had poured my milk into a milk storage bag and I was looking at this substance.  This whitish/greenish milk that came from me and I was just amazed all of a sudden at the fact that my body can do this.  Make milk.

There are these t-shirts that you can buy and they say “I make milk.  What’s your superpower?”  I love that shirt.  Because the ability to feed another human being from the substance of my own body is amazing.  I make this living food.  I use the term “living” because breast-milk is alive and ever-changing.  No one knows what breastmilk is made up of because it changes from woman to woman, from child to child and from hour to hour.  Depending on the age of the child, breastmilk has different ratios of fat and protein.  As a woman comes in contact with viruses and germs, her body makes anti-bodies to pass on to the child.  It’s alive!  And I make that.

And I give it to my baby and he grows and benefits and is comforted and kept healthy.  I am connected to him through that let-down.  The feeling that reminds me who I am.  I am a mommy.  I am not with him now.  He’s with his daddy and brothers at home and I am here working.  But the let-down is not just a physical feeling.  It’s a fullness both in my breasts and in my heart.  I feel that fullness in my being.  A connection that draws me to him even as I am here at work.  A feeling that encourages a tenderness in me towards him even when he is at his worst as a little screaming being.

And God made me for this.  Wow.

Copyright 2009 Katherine Barron


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  1. What a moving post! I’m nursing right now, and I feel the same as you. It’s so awe-inspiring to think of what God has made our bodies to do!

  2. Yes! Yes! Yes! I wish more mothers would allow themselves to be moved by this reality. When I’m sitting with my baby and connecting to him in these precious moments, I KNOW that this is what I was created for…it is a wonderful gift to know your purpose.

  3. BEAUTIFUL! I’m nursing my fourth child now and although he is slowly weaning at 2 1/2 and I have been nursing for almost 9 years now I’m still amazed by nursing! I know this is how God intended me to feed and nurture my child. I was both in awe and proud of the fact that my body could exclusively provide food for my baby. I know many articles list the benefits of nursing for babies and even mothers, but I think it should also be pointed out that God wants us to nurse our babies, that is why we have breasts! I know some have rare circumstances that do not allow them to nurse, but most mothers are able to nurse and yet so many miss out on this opportunity to nurture their child. Thanks for this inspiring article! Yes, God made mothers to nurse and love their children!

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