Archive for the ‘Ecological Breastfeeding’ Category

Breastfeeding is out; Formula Feeding is in. A tragedy!

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

In December 2017, a study on infant feeding among infants during the first six months of life was published in the International Breastfeeding Journal.  This study involved 1899 United States mothers.  Sadly, at one month postpartum, more mothers formula-fed (33%), than those mothers who did direct breastfeeding or those who pumped or those who offered solid food feeding.  Many moms were offering solid food at 2 to 4 months of life.  Many moms who combined all three different feedings (direct breastfeeding, pumping and forumla-feeding) ended up with just formula feeding by the 2nd month of life.

The tragedy of the predominance of formula feeding in our country is the loss of the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby.  Breastfeeding is not only the best nutrition, it is also part of a natural system that provides information and protection as well as nutrition.

Mixing up a variety of feedings for the baby certainly decreases or eliminates the spacing effect of breastfeeding and could reduce the milk supply.  In my opinion this research once again illustrates the advantages of Ecological Breastfeeding.

Once cycling resumes for the ecologically breastfeeding mother, her cycles are very similar to  those of  a non-nursing woman.

Extended amenorrhea is a great benefit to the married couple because this plan of God’s requires no abstinence.  It’s a natural birth spacer.  But most importantly, breastfeeding saves lives and reduces the risk of so many diseases for both mother and baby.

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Sheila Kippley
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Ecological Breastfeeding IS Natural Family Planning BUT it’s different!

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

The presence of ecological breastfeeding has definite advantages that no other NFP method has.  Sure, you can say systematic NFP reduces cancer, but that derives from the absence of the use of hormonal birth control and not in the use of systematic NFP.

The presence of ecological breastfeeding has many advantages, unlike other methods of NFP including the Sympto-Thermal method that we teach.  That’s because all the other “methods” are based on fertility awareness and abstinence during the fertile time.

Ecological breastfeeding offers 1, 2 or occasionally 3 years of extended infertility (no menstruation).  Other NFP methods do not offer that.

Ecological breastfeeding offers 1, 2, or occasionally 3 years of NO abstinence.  Other NFP methods do not offer that.

Ecological breastfeeding saves lives.  Those are babies’ lives as well as women’s lives.  Other NFP systems cannot do that.

For the mother, ecological breastfeeding protects against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, endometrial cancer, thyroid cancer, lupus, osteoporosis and heart disease.  Other NFP methods cannot do that except negatively—the absence of abortifacient hormonal birth control.

For the baby, ecological breastfeeding protects against allergies, asthma, bacterial meningitis, botulism, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, ear infections, eczema, gastroenteritis, leukemia, lymphoma, autoimmune thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, necrotizing enterocolitis, obesity, respiratory tract infections, SIDS, ulcerative colitis, type 1 and 2 diabetes, and urinary tract infections.   Other NFP methods do not do that.

The presence of ecological breastfeeding requires NO charting or device or app which are associated with the NFP fertility-awareness methods.

Ecological breastfeeding—or a pattern very similar to eco-breastfeeding—is truly God’s plan for mother and baby.  For this natural plan we are indeed very grateful.  However, when there is a sufficiently serious reason to practice another method of NFP, we are also truly grateful for the science behind these methods and for their availability.

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

Natural Family Planning with Ecological Breastfeeding

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

A breastfeeding survey is an instrument used to determine various factors related to the duration of breastfeeding amenorrhea—the absence of periods while breastfeeding.  We have used such surveys since 1969, and they are the basis for studies published in 1972 and 1986.   Occasionally an explanatory letter accompanies the survey, and that’s what we publish below.  The survey indicated that the mother intentionally decreased the amount of suckling time, decreased the amount of working out, and intentionally gained 5-7 pounds over a six-month period.  She claimed that these factors caused a return of menstruation at 16½ months and the return of her fertility.

This survey came from Missouri, the “Show Me” state, and her experiences certainly showed her the value of Ecological Breastfeeding.  Read her comments below:

Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood has been a wonderful resource and source of inspiration and encouragement for me.  I have read it cover to cover 6 times (so far)!  I also utilize Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing for info as well.  That book fully convicted me to use the Seven Standards.  I feel so bonded with my now 16 month old son.  The connection between breastfeeding and Theology of the Body is apparent to me.  La Leche League and The womanly Art of Breastfeeding have also been invaluable to me.  I love nursing my son and will nurse any future children we are blessed with using the 7 Standards.  I have also read Sheila’s writing on the first 3 years.  As a result, my last day of working outside the home was the day before I went into labor.  Although I loved my job as an RN and was very proud of my 10 year career I know my son will only be small for a short period of time.  Prior to becoming pregnant my husband and I lived only off of his income so that if God ever blessed us with children it would be very easy for me to stay at home.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  Our society needs to return to strong families and moral values, and breastfeeding is a big part of that return.  Thank you for your commitment to this important work.  I will pray for you all, and you can pray for my husband and me to be blessed with many more children.”

I thanked her for her survey and she replied:  “Although I knew and know in my heart that staying home with my son is the right choice, it was still hard for me to verbalize to people that ‘I stay home with my son.’  I was very proud of my 10 year nursing career but I am even more proud to do what God is calling me to do.  I’m not sure if I mentioned this in my survey, but I am currently trying to limit the amount of extended suckling my son does but I am NOT trying to wean him. My husband and I are very hopeful for many more children and hope that God will bless us with a pregnancy this month!”  L. P.

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