Prayers When Nursing or Feeding

God,
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.

Or:

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

God, 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.

— Catholic Online


Prayer for Nursing

God of our mothers, Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, and Leah, You remembered me when I longed for this child and in the pain of labor, and You have brought me, rejoicing, to hold this infant in my arms. Now I turn to You again, hoping to feed this child as You feed all living creatures, out of Your boundless lovingkindness; and I trust in you, that in Your goodness You surely will not let my child lack sustenance, neither now nor ever, for the sake of Your great Name. Let any pain that I may feel as I nurse this child be submerged in my joy as I watch the miracle of my flourishing baby; and keep us from any misfortune that may cause suffering to my child or to me between now and the time that my child is safely weaned. May Your goodness teach me to help my child grow both now in my arms and in all the years You grant us together. For you are the God who has always given me good things. Blessed are You, God, who sustains all.
— By Elisheva S. Urbas

Nursing Prayer

Lord,

     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.

AMEN

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