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Up from the ashes

God's promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; He intended that they should be used. God's gold is not miser's money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him, and say, "Lord, do as Thou hast said" [2 Samuel 7:25]. We glorify God when we plead His promises. Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches He has promised? Do you dream that He will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine He will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (15 January, Morning: "All He Has Said")

If anyone but me is reading this, LiveJournal is back up and running. I feel their pain—my Twentieth Anniversary Mac conked out last week with a problem tricky enough to require me to seek out and purchase an ancient CD-ROM drive from which to boot it. The drive arrived late this week and I resurrected it last night. The patient seems to be doing well and is not suffering data loss. I hope LJ fares so well.

Worked through my day off yesterday. Nothing overly stressful; just more work than week with the closing of the 2004 books. Still, I was wiped out enough after errands to bag on Jeremy and Jenae's engagement bash. I'll have them over for dinner soon again.

Besides, that meant I got to watch the new Battlestar Galactica series premiere. Geekily awesome.

There's a boy who looks way too old to be breastfeeding suckling at his mother's teet teat here at the coffeeshop. And he's been doing it a long time (my entire time here). If you didn't like that visual, imagine how we feel. Bobos.

Spurgeon is worth a full read today (it's short).


There's a boy who looks way too old to be breastfeeding suckling at his mother's teet here at the coffeeshop.

What do you consider to be "too old"? In our culture we wean our babies quite early, but in many cultures it's perfectly acceptable for children to breast feed throughout their toddler years, even after the introduction of solid foods, with the rate deminishing gradually as the child weans themselves off.

Even the World Health Organization recommends that women breast feed for at least two years. It is believed that thanks to the increased immunizational advantage of breast milk, prolongued breast feeding could actually save over 9000 lives per year in the US (http://www.007b.com/early_weaning.php) A breast fed child is 20% less likely to die of SIDS and has only 50% the overall infant mortality rate.

If the child in question is 12 years old or something, than yes I agree with your concern. But generally I see nothing disturbing about a young preschool child feeding from his mother's breast. Our society has so sexualized the breast that we feel somehow a boy is acting perversely if he suckles at the nipple too long. But in reality, breasts in all mamals exist for food and we ought not be bothered by a child receiving pleasure and comfort in the closeness of his mother.

You may want to do a search on late weaning and prolongued breast feeding. I'm sure you'll find plenty of info to alleviate your unease. :)

Thanks for posting this. :) I plan to breastfeed as long as I can or until the baby weans him/herself. Of course, if I have children.
Realized I've made a terrible mistake: it's spelled "teat," not "teet." I'll edit my entry accordingly.