The Latch

The latch.  It’s all about the latch.  Elaina and I have been learning for the last seven weeks.  She has been learning to open her mouth wide and I have been learning to encourage her to do so and not settle for anything less.  Even when I am tired in the middle of the night and tempted to just let her do whatever.

I can’t let her have a shallow latch on the breast. First, because it hurts me! A lot! Second, she won’t get any nutrition or very little anyway.  The midwife said it is like eating celery. You burn more calories chewing than you gain from it.

So much of a baby’s health and well-being comes back to the latch.  Gassy? Fussy? Sleepy? Hungry? Check the latch.

And we are getting it! Elaina is opening her mouth wide and being filled.

I was nursing Elaina in church today (yes, with a cover!) and a verse from Psalm 81 came to mind, “I am the Lord Your God who brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it” (10, ESV).

Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

I am the God who released you from slavery.  I am the God who has  life for you. I am the one who is faithful.

Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

How is my latch? Am I nibbling on God? Going through the motions of half hearted religion, receiving some comfort all the while slowly starving?

Lord, teach me how to open my mouth. Teach me how to sit at your feet and be filled.  To swallow and digest your Word and not just let it float past my ears.  To see You in my day.  In my neighbours. My family.  To understand that You are my life line.  Yeshua (Jesus) You are my water and  bread.

The promise is there.  Eat, Drink and   Grow.

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