*This post is not an argument against modern medicine, so please do not comment that “my baby would have died without a cesarean and formula!!”…My post is a celebration of the amazing job our bodies do when birthing and feeding our babies. There is much to be learned from the ancient (and mostly forgotten) women…
It is often forgotten how the simplicity of what once was, worked pretty well. It does not take an understanding of complex statistics to see that we would not have survived as a species if the simple, natural way or birthing and breastfeeding did not work most of the time. We would not still be here if the ancient beginnings of natural birthing and breastfeeding did not work. While you might be similar to myself and not identify as Christian, I think many can agree that the stories in the Bible are at the very least based on some truths. Many believe that they are 100% true, and I think no matter what you believe if you have an interest in birth and breastfeeding, this post might speak to you.
This time of year I see many beautiful pictures shared on Facebook of a breastfeeding Virgin Mary. When Jesus was born he would have had to have been breastfed or would not have survived. Breastfeeding was a matter of survival for babies who were born before suitable breastmilk substitutes. I can only imagine what the experiences would have been like for Mary.
While Mary rode on her donkey she would not have been thinking about her looming “due date” and the pressures of time. She would not have been counting her days with the dreaded doom of induction on her mind…
She would not have been going over her birth plan list in her hand…would not have had to worry about double checking that she wrote, “do not offer me pain medication unless I ask”, “do not coach me when pushing”, “immediate skin to skin” and “delayed cord clamping”.
Mary would not have had to worry about her doctor making it in time as the wise women in Bethlehem would have been there to support her. She would not have had to worry about staying on her doctor’s schedule and keeping her contractions going consistently and “textbook”.
She would have been the first person, or one of the first people to touch her baby. She would have held him skin to skin straight away without worrying someone would come and snatch him away.