Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding

March 26th, 2017

From a mother who learned about eco-breastfeeding for spacing the births of her babies:

I have had very little opportunity to chart during our marriage, as we’ve been married 4 years and have two children.  I am still waiting (with great anticipation!) the return of my fertility after the birth of our daughter 14 months ago!

I have become a big fan (somewhat of an understatement) of ecological breastfeeding.  This is due, in no small part, to your book, Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, for which I am so grateful!  I checked it out from our local library before the birth of our eldest and found it invaluable!  I wanted to breastfeed, but without all of the information and encouragement I found in your book, I am sure that I would have practiced some form of cultural breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding my two children (ecologically, that is!) has been one of the greatest joys of my life!

My son (now 3) is still breastfeeding at night before bed, and my daughter (14 months) is still almost exclusively breastfed.  She is not a big fan of ‘real food’ yet.  If I hadn’t read your book, I am certain that the experience would not have been so wonderful—I’ve no doubt that it would have been filled with a great deal of anxiety!  Needless to say, I have since purchased the book!

I also had a lot of trouble with the idea of the ‘family bed’ at first, and in fact worked hard to keep my son in his crib at night.  I finally tried it out with my daughter and I love it!  Wouldn’t trade it for the world!  I find myself much more rested, and I love the special cuddle time with my little girl.  I feel bad that I deprived my son of the same experience.  I suppose we all live and learn!  The only downside to it is that at 14 months post-partum, I still am waiting for a return of my fertility.  As we are older parents (33 and 43), we are anxious to add another member to our family.  I must resign myself to the fact that God has a plan, and I need to be willing to accept it, whatever it may be!   (T.B, Oregon)

Sheila Kippley
Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor
Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing (classic edition)

Natural Family Planning and Breastfeeding

March 19th, 2017

In the last 6 blogs, I reviewed 37 published research papers on the benefits of breastfeeding for the year 2016 alone.  That’s 3 a month.

The evidence is overwhelming on the benefits gained when a mother breastfeeds her baby, especially if she exclusively breastfeeds for the first 6 months and continues until the baby is at least 1 or 2 years old.

We can ask those who have read the last six blogs:

Will babies’ lives be saved due to breastfeeding?  The answer is YES.

Will mothers’ lives be improved due to her breastfeeding?  The answer is YES.

Is formula just as good?  The answer is clearly NO.

Does formula cause some deaths for the baby? The answer is YES.

Where is this message promoted by our government?

Where is this message promoted by our Church?

Research also shows that the right kind of breastfeeding spaces babies.  This has been demonstrated by published research papers, even during the 1930s to 1970 when I began my research on breastfeeding and natural child spacing.

John and I have been publishing books and articles on this topic of birth spacing since 1969.  The message needs to be promoted as an option to all  couples engaged or recently married.  Justice demands that this choice be taught in our churches and in our mission work.  It also needs to be promoted by our government which promotes unnatural birth control and abortifacients because mothers need some spacing between births!  God through Nature provides this spacing with no abstinence and only good side effects.  So why do many NFP and other health-promoting organizations ignore this life-enhancing option?

Yes.  God does space babies through breastfeeding alone.   To learn more, please read the book below.

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor

A Review of Breastfeeding Research Published September—December 2016

March 12th, 2017

Maternal and pediatric diseases were studied.  To the researchers’ surprise, in terms of medical costs and lives saved, there were more benefits for the mother than the baby.  They defined optimal breastfeeding as breastfeeding for at least one year.  Then they extrapolated their findings in terms of benefits that would result from more mothers doing optimal breastfeeding.  If current breast feeding rates rose from about 30 percent of mothers up to 90 percent, 5,023 cases of breast cancer would be averted each year.  For every 397 mothers who would breastfeed for one year, one case of breast cancer would be averted. For hypertension, assuming the same scenario, optimal breastfeeding would avert 35,392 cases and 322 deaths; only 55 women would have to breastfeed to avert a case of hypertension. For heart attacks, 235 women would have to breastfeed optimally to prevent a heart attack; 162 would need to breastfeed each child for one year to prevent a case of diabetes.  (Maternal & Child Health, September 19, 2016)

In this Thailand study, 556 children had their feedings studied for the first three years, especially with regard to the duration of breastfeeding.  Their teeth were examined for caries or fillings at 3-4 years of age. “There was no association between duration of any breastfeeding and dental caries. In conclusion, full breastfeeding for 6-11 months may protect against dental caries in primary teeth. Prolonged breastfeeding was not associated with dental caries in this population.” (Caries Research, September 9, 2016)

Breastfeeding protects babies from developing asthma. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospital stays and a leading cause of missed school days for U.S. children.  Breastfeeding reduced respiratory symptoms by 27%.  Breastfeeding is recommended for at least six months so that the baby can fully gain the benefits that will protect him from developing asthma. (European Respiratory Society’s International Congress, London, September 3-7, 2016)

Compared to white infants, lack of optimal breastfeeding led to more than twice the number of deaths among African-American infants and both black and Hispanic children have higher risks of ear infections, intestinal diseases and SIDS.  Optimal breastfeeding is defined here as 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding with continued breastfeeding for one year. At least one year of breastfeeding is essential to protect black and Hispanic children from a slew of health risks.  (Journal of Pediatrics, epub November 10, 2016)

Ten studies found that when mothers breastfed their under-one-year infants during painful procedures, such as vaccination injections, the breastfeeding reduced the pain.  (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, epub October 28, 2016)

A new international study suggest that breastfeeding protects babies born of obese mothers.  The team found that babies born to obese mothers and who were exclusively breastfed had a lower weight at six months of age when compared to those fed with infant formula milk. (49th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), May 25-28, 2016, Athens, Greece.  Epub by University of Granada, October 26, 2016)

In this study 6000 slum mothers of Patna were encouraged to breastfeed by giving each mother four flip books showing the importance of the Third Trimester, Early Initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth, Exclusive Breastfeeding for six months and Complementary Breastfeeding.  Of these mothers, 25% had their babies at home.  The government and researchers knew that breastfeeding could prevent 13% of children’s deaths under the age of five.  Exclusive breastfeeding as a result of this project jumped from 14% to 56% and initiation of breastfeeding during the first hour of life improved from 42% to 60%.  Only mild to moderate malnourishment was found in 15% children, and after the project no case of severe malnourishment was found among the babies. (Times of India, December 12, 2016)

Sheila Kippley