payayitva stanam mata
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; iti—in this way; pranaya-baddhabhih—who were bound with maternal affection; gopibhih—by the elderly gopis, headed by mother Yasoda; krta-raksanam—all measures were taken to protect the child; payayitva—and after that, feeding the child; stanam—the nipple; mata—mother Yasoda; sannyavesayat—made to lie down on the bed; atmajam—her son.
Srila Sukadeva Gosvami continued: All the gopis, headed by mother Yasoda, were bound by maternal affection. After they thus chanted mantras to protect the child, mother Yasoda gave the child the nipple of her breast to suck and then got Him to lie down on His bed.
When a baby drinks milk from the breast of his mother, this is a good sign of health. So the elderly gopis were not satisfied with chanting mantras to give protection to Krsna; they also tested whether their child’s health was in order. When the child sucked the breast, this confirmed that He was healthy, and when the gopis were fully satisfied, they had the child lie down on His bed.
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