Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fed by God's Design

by Glenni Lorick, IBCLC

Have you looked at your local Christian book store for a book about breastfeeding recently? Chances are you didn't find anything. That's because it doesn't exist yet...But we are changing that!

The Background

Ten years ago I began writing As a Mother Comforts Her Child: A Christian Approach to Breastfeeding (yeah, I know, that's a real mouthful, right?) I had Martha Sears review it and asked several colleagues to take a look at it and give me input. The result was a really top-notch, well-written book about breastfeeding aimed at a Christian audience.

Then I began looking for an agent or a publisher. I was thrilled when agent Carol Sue Roth agreed to represent me and find us a publisher. I couldn't believe that a real live literary agent had agreed to represent me! Carol Sue was amazing. She maintained good communication and worked really hard to find us a publisher. I'll never forget the day she called me and told me that Thomas Nelson was interested in my book. Talk about a Happy Dance!! However, within a couple of weeks she called back to tell me that they were cutting unknown authors on the backlist.

I didn't realize at the time that they were about to launch a self-publishing arm. And quite honestly, I think both Carol Sue and I were pretty discouraged. My three year agreement with her came to an end, and from time to time I would think about trying to publish it myself, but I just didn't think that would work.

Where We Are Now

We are at a time when there is tremendous support for breastfeeding on a political policy level. Attitudes toward breastfeeding have continued to improve, but there is still a deep need for solid support. Within the church there is a real division. Many Christians have bought into a very strict schedule-based type of parenting, believing that is "God's way" to raise babies. However, an evidence-based approach combined with a serious study of Scripture indicates that meeting a baby's needs, feeding on demand, and building a solid relationship of trust in the early days are foundational keys to Christian parenting.

We believe this is the right time to get this book, which has been renamed Fed by God's Design and revised to reflect new information, to the marketplace. Our goal is to see it in the hands of Christian mothers across the country and on the shelves of Christian Bookstores in every state! You can help make this happen by being part of our Indiegogo project!

We've got some awesome perks including Digital downloads of the book, Fed by God's Design infant gifts, paperback and signed hard cover copies as well as the opportunity to have your baby's picture in the book or even on the front or back cover!

What You Can Do

This is a team effort, and we need all the players on the team we can get! We need prayer warriors. We need bloggers. We need people telling everybody in the sphere of influence about this. We need YOU doing whatever the Lord lays on your heart to make this a success!

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