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Prayer for a Pumping Parent

From the God of your father 

who will help you,1

And the One who suckles all 

Who will bless you

With blessings of the heavens above

Blessings of the deep that crouch below

Blessings of the breasts and the womb2

So that you may nurse, and be satisfied

From her breast of consolation

So that you drink deeply 

And with delight

From the abundance of her glory

For thus says YHVH:

Here I am. 

I will extend to her

Like a river, peace.

And like an overflowing stream

And you shall nurse it.

You will be held on the hip

And dangled on the knees.3

For You brought me forth from the womb

You gave me trust in You 

By way of my mother’s breasts.

 

Blessed are You

Mother of worlds

Who created me with the ability

To nourish my nursling.


1. Genesis 49:25

2. Isaiah 66:11–12

3. Psalms 22:10

מֵאֵ֨ל אָבִ֜יךָ

וְיַעְזְרֶ֗ךָּ

וְאֵ֤ת שַׁדַּי֙

וִיבָ֣רְכֶ֔ךָּ

בִּרְכֹ֤ת שָׁמַ֙יִם֙ מֵעָ֔ל

בִּרְכֹ֥ת תְּה֖וֹם רֹבֶ֣צֶת תָּ֑חַת

בִּרְכֹ֥ת שָׁדַ֖יִם וָרָֽחַם׃

לְמַ֤עַן תִּֽינְקוּ֙ וּשְׂבַעְתֶּ֔ם

מִשֹּׁ֖ד תַּנְחֻמֶ֑יהָ

לְמַ֧עַן תָּמֹ֛צּוּ

וְהִתְעַנַּגְתֶּ֖ם

מִזִּ֥יז כְּבוֹדָֽהּ׃ 

כִּֽי־כֹ֣ה אָמַ֣ר יְהוָ֗ה 

הִנְנִ֣י 

נֹטֶֽה־אֵ֠לֶיהָ

כְּנָהָ֨ר שָׁל֜וֹם

וּכְנַ֧חַל שׁוֹטֵ֛ף כְּב֥וֹד גּוֹיִ֖ם

וִֽינַקְתֶּ֑ם

עַל־צַד֙ תִּנָּשֵׂ֔אוּ

וְעַל־בִּרְכַּ֖יִם תְּשָׁעֳשָֽׁעוּ׃

כִּֽי־אַתָּ֣ה גֹחִ֣י מִבָּ֑טֶן 

מַ֝בְטִיחִ֗י 

עַל־שְׁדֵ֥י אִמִּֽי׃

 

בּרוּכה אָת

אֵם הַעוֹלָמִים

שֶעָשַנִי יְכוֹלָה 

לְהַזִן אֶת הַיֹנֵֶקֶת שֶלִי

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