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Sunday, December 04, 2005Who knew? (Apparently TulipGirl
". . .the Lord does not in vain prepare nutriment for children in their mothers' bosoms, before they are born. But those on whom he confers the honor of mothers, he, in this way, constitutes nurses; and they who deem it a hardship to nourish their own offspring, break, as far as they are able, the sacred bond of nature. If disease, or anything of that kind, is the hindrance, they have a just excuse; but for mothers voluntarily, and for their own pleasure, to avoid the trouble of nursing, and thus to make themselves only half-mothers, is a shameful corruption."
The above is a comment from John Calvin's writings about Genesis 21:7, which reads:
7 And she added, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."
Interesting. I never would have guessed that during Calvin's time, there would be a lot of mother's that didn't wish to breastfeed. Then again, I'm still learning quite a bit about the history of breastfeeding and the rise and fall of breastfeeding rates during different time periods.
On an aside, I hadn't run into the TulipGirl blog before, but it's excellent reading. Conservative Christian, homeschooling, lactivist kinda gal. I like it. :)