“Breastfeeding God’s Way”

In Nancy Campbell’s article “Breastfeeding God’s Way,” she describes how nursing is what the Bible refers to as “the natural use” of the woman’s body. She also asserts that when we abandon the “womanly functions” of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing, we unwittingly invite other perversions into our society, such as homosexuality. I think she is correct. Here is how she puts it:

The most common word for women in the New Testament is gune which means “woman or wife.” However, one time a different Greek word is used, translated from the word “woman,” and it is very significant.
It is the word, thelus.
It comes from the Greek root word, thele which means
“the nipple of a woman’s breast, to suckle, to nurse.”
It is the true picture of a woman, created with a womb to nurture life and breasts to nourish that life.  Now where does God use this word?

This word is used in Romans 1:26-27, “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women (thelus) did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another….”  In this scripture, God spells out the consequences of women who turn away from the way He has created us, including the biological function of breastfeeding. Now please don’t get me wrong. I know that some women have not been successful with breastfeeding because of lack of knowledge or even physical disabilities. But it is when we blatantly refuse to nurse that we go against nature and God’s plan for us as women. It goes on to say that when men saw women turn away from their God given function, they turned to unnatural lusts. The rejection in our hearts of our womanly functions of pregnancy, childbirth and nursing is a root of homosexuality. [emphasis mine]

She later adds:

I mentioned early the word thele, which means “to suckle at the breast.” The only other time this word is used in the New Testament is when Jesus was answering the Pharisees when they came to tempt him about divorce. His answer to them was, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female?” (Matthew 19:3-4). The word “female” is thele. In other words, Jesus called women “a suckling mother.” It may be hard to get your brain around it, but basically you are meant to be predominantly “a suckling mother” rather than predominantly “a menstruating mother!”

I strongly encourage you to read the whole article, which emphasizes other helpful and important aspects of breastfeeding not mentioned here. Nancy also has other helpful articles on her site about breastfeeding and giving control of family planning over to God. After you’ve read the article, please let me know what you think!

 

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32 thoughts on ““Breastfeeding God’s Way”

    • Okay, that was a great article! Love it! I think I read it some time back, but it was great to have a refresher. I need to bookmark that page.

      The point that stood out most to me was the fact that breastfeeding is so good for the MOTHER. Our society trumpets the benefits of breastfeeding for baby, but rarely the benefits for moms. This is probably because it interferes with the “maintain your career and have as few children as possible” feminist mantra. Pregnancy, childbearing, and breastfeeding all interfere with the god of careerism and female empowerment.

      It’s fascinating how the birth control movement focused on how much better women’s lives would be with fewer children. You know, poor, worn-out women burdened with unwanted children, old before their time, etc. etc. etc. But instead of the realization of utopia now that women DO have fewer children, instead, we have an epidemic of breast cancer and other female reproductive cancers – directly related to the rejection of breastfeeding and childbearing. (Not to mention epidemics of divorce, illegitimacy, and other social ills.) And the evidence ends up showing that childbearing and long-term breastfeeding are GOOD for women!

      God’s ways are always better!

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      • That’s exactly what I thought, too, Diana!

        It irks me that so many women are suffering from these cancer epidemics, etc., yet they still deny that it has any relation to their choices!

        You know the movie, “Flywheel”? I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but at one point, the protagonist (Alex Kendrick) is watching TV and gets fed up with what a preacher is saying on one of the channels. He clicks the TV off, only for it to come back on all by itself! He hears the preacher say, “You are where you are today because of the choices you’ve made!” I think that is just what is happening here. Women get breast cancer, and they wonder why, and how could this happen to them: how could it not? when they’ve been using the Pill they’re whole lives, maybe had only two or three children, and nursed for a minimum of six months or something like that for each one. I agree, God’s ways are always better for us.
        Jessica

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  1. That is true, when I was a younger man back in the seventies, the young girls were into education & then going out in the working world “to prove what a young woman can do in a man’s world”!I never experienced the weddings that I thought I would have been seeing young Christian men & women coming together & being married but only very little of this! No Iam 60 & I have no children because my ex-wife took anti-convulsent medications 20 years & it messed with her reproductive & what else can I say!

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    • Ronnie, I just had a thought this morning, related to some of the stuff you’ve been talking about. I wonder if the gender shift you’ve noticed may not be due to a judgment by God on our society? I read this morning: “…but you have done more evil than all who were before you, for you have gone and made for yourself other gods and molded images to provoke Me to anger, and have cast Me behind your back–therefore behold! I will bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam every MALE in Israel, bond and free; I will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as one takes away refuse until it is all gone.” 1 Kings 14:9-10
      I don’t know…just a thought.
      Jessica

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  2. Another thing what I believe is happening is an epidemic of women going “frigid” in their marriages & counseling does not help & the problem goes into the spiritual ! My brother his first wife(even she was raised in church all her life) became that way & she divorced him & took his son away from him! The church seemed to act she was a holy woman for not wanting sex with her husband! However my brother was “miserable” & spoke harshly about it! I have to say this woman was not too friendly to my brother’s family “cold & indifferent” & she clung to her mother & her mother controlled her marriage to a large extent !!!!!!

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  3. Most things are connectd somehow. As soon as people leave Gods plan for them they’ll suffer from consequences. It all started in the garden of Eden. How wonderfull that God sent his son to pay the ‘bill’for all our failing and sinning. We might still have to face the consequences of our choices but we still can rejoice in being at peace again. May many more come to that place of rest and desire to honour their saviour with an obedient heart.

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    • Absolutely! I agree with you, Ruth, that though our actions have consequences (we reap what we sow), if we believe sincerely in Jesus and choose to follow Him, there will come a day when we will be healed, and as you put it, “be at peace again.”

      Jessica

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  4. The essential problem is that un Godly feminists have taught women not only that they can do what they like but that to follow the path God actually made them for is repressive and somehow inferior to following the path ordained for men.

    Christian girls should be taught that their lives should be devoted to God either for some in purity and religious devotion or for most through the vocation of marriage and motherhood, which puts husband and the nurturing of children as their first and greatest priority. Outside of these options lies only varying levels of sin.

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    • That is suppose to be a central core issue in the lives of Christian youth, Tommie & Dianne, Jennifer & Bruce, Jerry & Tracy & talk about various youth coming together going steady & Christian youth planning marriages along with friends & family! However who is getting married in church these days? Churches now can go many years without any marriages! I myself 40 plus years ago in my Christian youth experienced very little weddings & it hurts that I was never like so & so’s best man at a wedding! Also never getting a “direct invitation”, the few weddings I went to were me knowing about it & just going “this really hurts”!!!!!! This is part of the Kingdom of Heaven being shut up to you as a young Christian youth & like I said before my Christian church youth experience it was boys/boys/boys & more boys!!!!!!!!!!! 80 plus % boys 20% girls for years!!!!! Boys were coming & staying but the young girls were much lesser in number & they would come but never stay !!!!!!!! This caused me to cry myself to sleep wondering why that pretty girl that went up to the alter last week is never coming back!!!!! I call what I experienced “gender lop-sided revival” when the youth is very predomonately one sex in a church setting!!!! This is NOT OF GOD, this is EVIL & DARKNESS, just like I saw & was told how many black churches are “all women & girls & all girl youth groups” & even the whole ministry is all women!!!!!!Black men are converting to islam in masse, over a 5 year period 2 million black men converted to it & black communities now are full of muslim mosque!!!!!

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    • Yes, Susanne, I agree!
      That is what I myself am trying to do with my own daughters. I tell them that when they are grown they have the choice to 1)remain single and commit their lives to God (not to focus on themselves, but to serve God), or to 2) marry and have children. I do believe, as you stated, that “outside of these options lies only varying levels of sin.”
      Jessica

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  5. A thought to add to this debate is that in denying that motherhood, with all that entails – menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and nursing is the purpose for which God designed and created our bodies we create a whole wealth of unnatural ‘body image’ issues. Leaving women and girls of all ages feeling less than beautiful in themselves and boys and men with a totally false idea of what women’s bodies should look like.

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    • Good point! I agree with you completely. I’ve actually thought the same thing myself. I’m so tired of our culture’s “Barbie doll” expectation. Nobody can live up to that, but especially not women who have gone through multiple pregnancies, with possibly more to come. But, more importantly than whether it’s possible or not, is the question of “why are we trying to have that sort of body, anyway?” Because as you say, it’s not natural.
      Jessica

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      • It’s not natural and it’s founded on a sin because it regards the female body as a tool for sexual pleasure and physical gratification which is separated from procreation.

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    • The white European race & the Orientals are both dying out! Groups like the American Indian.Polynesian,Indonesian,various mixed race groups like the Mestizos of Latin America will hold steady to percentage of current populations(just enough increase to hold steady!) However the black race(especially in Africa )will more than double in percentage by 2060! Black Africa will be 25% of world’s population by 2060! Black Africa will be 15 billion by 2100 at current growth rates! A main reason islam has spread sofast in Africa is because of its polygamy! White Europeans will only be 8-9% by 2060(750 million) & many will be aging & dying out! If all white women of child bearing age were to have massive numbers of kids, it will not stop the massive aging & dying off of white folk! China’s population will drop even faster than the white population in the next 15-20 years because of its “one child policy” since the seventies & 90-100 young men with no women to marry!(killing off of girl babies)! Japan now for nearly a decade the death rate is more than the birth rate! Korea has a low birth rate as well!!!!!Something evil is tampering with the human gene-pool!!!!!

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      • There is a mistaken belief that over population is the result of poor contraception when in fact of course if people behaviour was in line with God’s teaching the population would be regulated by God and would be in a natural balance.

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  6. Sadly I think it is actually us as women who are at fault because the devil plays on our vanity, we are willing to sin to be popular and we participate in contraception.

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    • I think it also might show that we aren’t as grateful as we should be for the great gift of being able to bear children. This gift requires in exchange that we accept a change in our bodies, but we should regard it as a beautiful change, the mark of God’s blessing on our lives. How wonderful to view our bodies in that way, instead of always comparing ourselves to Barbie, etc.
      Jessica

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      • I agree but from an early age we teach girls to regard the purpose of their bodies as an inconvenience (look at the ad’s encouraging girls to use completely unsuitable sanitary products so that their period doesn’t – get in the way). Then we teach them to be afraid of and avoid pregnancy.

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  7. I do think that in terms of body image especially as puberty makes itself known girls should be taught to see themselves as mothers and their bodies as designed and blessed for motherhood. Ideally both in their education on biology etc and at home. And as an aside I think it is disgusting that they are encouraged to put things inside themselves for convenience !

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    • Even as a young girl I knew that God had given me my female body parts for a reason, and secretly looked forward to when I could be the mother I knew He was designing me to be. But, though as young girl it was obvious to me, society was trying to convince me that it all meant nothing, unless I wanted it to. And I did try tampons, but gave them up because it was so unnatural, as you point out.

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  8. To replace my missing point. I do think there is a point here that Christian girls should be taught from the start that motherhood is a gift and especially as they go through puberty the education they receive in school and at home should be focused on the biology of pregnancy birth and nursing not on ‘sex’. Also as an aside I think it is disgraceful to encourage or even allow girls to put things inside themselves for ‘convenience’.

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  9. I think they are unnatural at best but for unmarried girls I think it’s disgusting.

    Don’t you think it’s terrible that He contraception culture even influenced you at that age.

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    • Yeah, I do. When you think about it, you’re right, it’s disgusting. I sometimes talk to my daughter about it, letting her know that periods are part of the way God is preparing one’s body for eventual motherhood, and that there’s nothing bad or gross about it, but that we should be careful to treat our bodies with respect and appreciate those special changes.

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      • I completely agree with your point about treating our bodies with respect, gaining an appreciation of how wonderful our reproductive faculties are and I think an understanding that they are there to honour God and serve him as vessels of new life.

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