Prayers When Nursing or Feeding
you are like a mother to us all,
nourishing all creatures with food and with blessing.
Strengthen my child with (my milk, this food)
and with the warmth of our nearness.
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation:
you nourish all your children.
From “Prayers for the Beginning of Life,” National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1989.
When Nursing or Feeding
Strengthen my child with (my milk, this food) and with the warmth of our nearness.
— Catholic Online
Prayer for Nursing
I know that I want to nurse my baby, yet I’m sometimes filled with questions and anxiety when I think about it. What if it doesn’t come easy for me? What if we can’t figure it out? What if my baby struggles?
I’ve seen moms nursing without a care in the world. They act like nothing unusual is happening. They can talk on the phone, read a book, or carry on a conversation. Some moms can nurse and no one notices. Restaurants and church, all no big deal. I’d love to be one of those moms, but somehow I know I’ll be different. I imagine every feeding will be an event. Maybe I won’t leave the house for a while, until I get the “modest drape thing” mastered. I’m just not ready to involve the whole world in something so intimate.
My prayer is that You will help me. I don’t want to get frustrated and quit. Let this new baby know exactly what to do. Protect us from infections and other complications. Please let me be surprised at how good I can do. Give me patience to nurse on demand. Let nursing be a peaceful bonding time. Block out the world and help me to focus on loving my baby well.
Lord, You created this. You know how it’s supposed to work. I know that You can make nursing come “naturally” for me. I will trust You and look forward to mothering as You planned. I’m a little unsure, but still ready. By Your design, I will believe I can do it. In the name of Jesus.