No one should say that breastfeeding does not work as a natural baby spacer It all depends on a mother’s pattern of nursing. It does work when done correctly…when the mother cares for her baby in a very natural way and she remains with her baby. Many couples and researchers have discovered that God’s baby plan via ecological breastfeeding does provide a natural spacing of births. In addition, this is a form of natural family planning in which the couple can enjoy the spacing without periodic abstinence.
Couples interested in natural child spacing should follow the Seven Standards of eco-breastfeeding. I once did a survey of a small number of moms who said eco-breastfeeding did not work. Of those who returned the survey, none had followed all the Standards. A few mothers in the past have publicly discredited ecological breastfeeding for natural child spacing. When possible, I send a survey to these mothers, but not one of these surveys has been returned.
Here is what other moms say about this natural way of spacing babies:
“Ecological breastfeeding proved to be a great way of naturally spacing children.”
“I’m still nursing my son who is 13 months old and JUST got my cycle back. I’ve been charting for a week now and loving this. Many of my friends use medical ways to control their fertility. I feel it is harmful to the body.”
“My youngest is almost 18 months now, and I still have not experienced my first postpartum period.”
“My daughter is 14 months old now and I was concerned about my continued infertility. Your book reassured me that rather than being unusual, breastfeeding infertility is natural, normal and healthy.”
“I am currently nursing my 17 month old without a return of my periods.”
“My son nurses on and off during the nights. He is 22 months old and I have not had a period yet.”
“Breastfeeding has a very definite effect on child spacing. With my bottle-fed children I conceived again at 8 months after childbirth despite other contraceptives. It has been 15 months since the last baby was born. No period yet.”
NFPI believes that every couple (engaged or married) should be taught this option of natural family planning. Those involved with marriage and family life in the Church should be actively promoting this option as well as encouraging couples to be generous in having children.
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor
PS: John and I speak out frequently about the spacing benefit of ecological breastfeeding plus we stress the many benefits for both mother and baby in this breastfeeding relationship. Too many in the NFP movement and in the Church ignore this message. That’s why we keep promoting this important message.