My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Breastfeeding - another subject we need to teach our homeschooled daughters

A new crop of babies has been born from among my young Facebook friends. These are mostly young, formerly-homeschooled ladies who are Calvin's age and slightly younger.

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, that it seemed clear from what these young women were going through that they knew next to nothing about giving birth, except what their doctors and the medical community had taught them.  Several freaked out when they passed their due dates, demanded their pitocin and epidurals and were happy to accept the eyedrops and shots for their new borns. A couple of them even went along with repeat cesareans because they had already been sectioned before, so why not?

But as I've been reading along it has become clear that breastfeeding hasn't exactly caught on with this group either. Which is surprising because showing off lots of decolletage, even in maternity wedding dresses (or maybe especially in maternity wedding dresses)is all the rage on Facebook.

So naturally, since  these gals have been showing off the goods for the world to see for quite a while now, I  kinda thought stories of ample milk supplies would follow - instead I'm reading stories of bottles and formula and midnight feedings.

I'm sort of wondering how did we renegade, rebellious, free-spiriting homeschooling moms fail to pass on these simple things to our homeschooled daughters?

Of course I can't guarantee that this won't happen to my daughter, but I started thinking that perhaps what my girls need (and probably what I should have learned in high school) was a fundamental understanding of the importance of breastfeeding and how breastfeeding works.

This would include things like:

  • Best food for baby.
  • Gives the baby natural immunities. 
  • Important for baby's oral development and brain function.
  • Decreased obesity in childhood and adulthood.
  • Burns extra baby fat calories for mom. 
  • Helps to reduce future breast cancer risk for mom.

I would also include things some scientific information like the demand and supply reaction of the mammary gland and the pituitary and psychological bonding of the infant and mother. This is the kind of information that a girl could learn and really think about while she is forming her opinions on such matters in high school, instead of waiting until a baby is actually on the way 10 (or 2) years later! Come to think of it, it wouldn't be bad for my sons (future fathers and uncles) to know some of these things too!

I'm also thinking this might be the easier curriculum to write first!

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  1. Try the curriculum from Baby Think It Over.
    I have to teach this---and fortunately it follows what I believe.
    It approaches just say no until marriage and what those words sound like.
    It speaks about babies from conception.
    It has two different lessons (financial and emotional) about breast is best.
    This program was not fully taught by the last teacher. It IS board approved. It will be fully taught under me for the 8th grade (the 7th is very immature this year).

  2. Hi Elena, World Breastfeeding Week 2011 covered this. In Australia we had "It’s Time to Talk ‘Boobs’ to Teens — 8008IES!"
    On the World Breastfeeding Week website they refer to the "next-gen" effect
    Warmest wishes
    breastfeeding counsellor in Australia

  3. Thanks for your suggestions ladies. I'll check them out!

  4. Both my daughters were eager to breast feed, and new the benefits. I had to show my youngest one how to breast feed her first baby because she did not see an example.

  5. Elena, I think part of the problem is that with the increase in cleavage visibility and contraceptive mentality, people, in general, have actually have forgotten what breasts are for, even if they still remember what the marital act is for.

    I'm in the middle of a Theology of the Body study, and they spend a good deal of time talking about how the forms of the male and female body don't make any sense unless we understand them to designed for a complementary and fruitful gift of self to a spouse of the opposite sex. But I find it curious that Christopher West does not also mention that the female body doesn't make sense without also looking at how her breasts (and her womb, for that matter) are designed for a perhaps even more radical gift of herself to her baby.

    I did a Google search for "breastfeeding" and "theology of the body" and found that others are wondering the same thing, and some others are folks are writing about. I know it doesn't tie in directly to the spousal imagery in our relationship with God, but I'd be interested if anyone could develop the deeper spiritual symbolism to be found in breastfeeding.

    In the meantime, you're right, let's make sure our homeschooled daughters at least leave home knowing that breasts are for feeding babies!

  6. I will have to teach both of my daughters Roma. The youngest never saw me breastfeeding and the older one was too little when her sister was born! I always thought it was ironic that God gave me the four boys first!!

    Thanks for commenting Mary!


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