26 Bible Verses about Breastfeeding

Isaiah 66:10-13 ESV / 41 helpful votes

“Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her; that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance.” For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Luke 11:27 ESV / 37 helpful votes

As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”

Lamentations 4:3 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Even jackals offer the breast; they nurse their young, but the daughter of my people has become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.

1 Peter 2:2 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

Joel 2:16 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.

Psalm 22:9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.

Isaiah 49:15 ESV / 19 helpful votes

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

1 Samuel 1:21-24 ESV / 19 helpful votes

The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the Lord and dwell there forever.” Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him; only, may the Lord establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. And the child was young.

Genesis 49:25 ESV / 18 helpful votes

By the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

1 Thessalonians 2:7 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.

Hosea 9:14 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Give them, O Lord— what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Genesis 21:8 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

Genesis 21:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Ruth 4:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse.

Numbers 11:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers?

Isaiah 40:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Song of Solomon 8:1 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother's breasts! If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and none would despise me.

Hebrews 5:12-14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Job 3:12 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?

Proverbs 5:18-19 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.

Psalm 131:1-2 ESV / 4 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Of David. O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Luke 23:26-31 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’

Hosea 1:8 ESV / 3 helpful votes

When she had weaned No Mercy, she conceived and bore a son.

Lamentations 4:4 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The tongue of the nursing infant sticks to the roof of its mouth for thirst; the children beg for food, but no one gives to them.

Isaiah 49:23 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you, and lick the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.”

1 Kings 3:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes

When I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, he was dead. But when I looked at him closely in the morning, behold, he was not the child that I had borne.”

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