Prayer Request

A reader writes:

My wife and I just had a beautiful little girl on Saturday. My wonderful wife labored for 43 hours with no pain meds, needless to say she could use some prayers as she is resting and healing up. My wife and my daughter are having a hard time with breast feeding, We are so thankful to God for the birth going so well despite being so long and we are trusting in His mercy and in the intercession of our patron saints (St. Brendan, St Elizabeth of Hungary and Bl. Serafina of Tuscany) and guardian angels for healing and to establish good breastfeeding habits.

Also my brother who is soon to start his last semester at WSU was diagnosed with mono. We are hoping and praying for a speedy recovery so he can make it to school this fall and so he can spend time with his new niece.

Father, hear our prayer through your Son Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary and Sts. Brendan, Elizabeth, and Bl. Serafina, and the guardian angels).

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  • Nate

    Congrats to this guy and his wife for their new daughter. 43 hours! Wow.
    Depending on where this reader and his wife and new daughter are located, they might try La Leche League or a private breast feeding consultant. They aren’t that expensive (they consider their jobs vocations) and are immensely helpful and understanding. Even a single short session can do wonders.

    Congrats again!

    • Rachel K

      If there isn’t anything nearby, there’s also a Yahoo! group called Mobi (Mothers Overcoming Breastfeeding Issues) that works well as both a source of advice and a support group. Since everybody there is having trouble breastfeeding and many of them occasionally have to supplement, you don’t get as many judgmental lactivists as in some other online support groups.

  • Rachel K

    Sending prayers your way. Holy St. Giles, patron of breastfeeding, pray for us!

    A side note, by the way: I was unable to exclusively breastfeed my son for a variety of reasons (bad latch and low supply piggybacking on each other, basically). I was devastated because I had always seen myself as one of those crunchy baby-wearing breastfeeding mamas and because breastfeeding is better than formula for newborns. It may sound melodramatic, but it really was a source of a lot of grief and mourning for me (to say nothing of how much time I spent confessing envy for women who breastfed easily). My combo-fed son will be two in September. Despite not getting as many antibodies from breastfeeding as an exclusively breastfed baby, he’s rarely sick; despite not getting that intelligence boost, his vocabulary is through the roof; despite not having as much of the breastfeeding bonding experience, he’s a cuddlebug who loves crawling on my lap to read (and still crawls into my bed no matter how often I try to get him to sleep on his own!). If it’s the Lord’s will that your daughter doesn’t breastfeed exclusively, it will be hard, and it’s OK to grieve. But in a few months, it won’t seem as catastrophic as it does now.

  • gilbert

    To whom it may concern:

    Please pray for me that i am able to score a 75 or better on a test that I took three weeks ago, and that I am able to keep my job and continually help my family. Please pray that my friens, especially Johnette are able to obtain employment, and that I can be able to get a six figure job, a house and car, and god said, when he stated, ask for what you want and you shall receive it, according to Mark 21:22.