Virtuous and vicious circles of ANRs

Good begets good, bad begets bad.

So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.
Matthew 25:28-29

He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 
John 15:2

I, along with some others in the ANR lifestyle, grew up around mothers who nursed their babies, thus we imagined Couples Nursing being the norm in all marriages.

For the vast majority of people during whose upbringing breastfeeding was seen as something shameful, the shame follows them and they never get to experience the beauty of Husband Nursing. A woman on a forum asserted “my decision to breastfeed [my child] was a private and personal one”, as if breastfeeding is some sort of embarrassing, incapacitating, life-changing surgical procedure.

Our childhood really does set the tone for our adult lives. Our upbringing can set off a long-lasting chain reaction.

Makes me think, had I not been privileged to grow up around mothers who joyfully breastfed, would I be blessed with the desire for an ANR, one of God’s greatest gifts? I could definitely see the curiosity developing eventually, but it probably won’t be ripe for an ANR blog in 2015.

You can break the cycle, however. Change your perception of breastfeeding. Start seeing it as the beauty it truly is. Equally important, don’t be ashamed to breastfeed in front of your children. That single decision can hugely impact your grown-up child’s marriage. And he/she just might create a blog that’s a blessing to thousands of like-minded Christians around the world. Who in turn pay it forward.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

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