Archive for the ‘Ecological Breastfeeding’ Category

Natural Family Planning: 27 Months of Breastfeeding Amenorrhea

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

If a breastfeeding mother goes one year without menstruation after childbirth, is that normal?

If a breastfeeding mother goes two years without menstruation after childbirth, is that normal?

If a breastfeeding mother goes three years without menstruation after childbirth, is that normal?

My husband gave a talk at a conference last weekend.  As usual, he promoted ecological breastfeeding to space babies…noting that this is God’s plan for spacing babies.  One man told him that his wife went 27 months without any periods while breastfeeding.

Amenorrhea means no menstruation.   Couples who enjoy an extended breastfeeding amenorrhea can benefit from God’s natural spacing.  When couples experience an extended amenorrhea due to breastfeeding, they do not have to chart nor do they have to practice abstinence when spacing their children’s births.  It’s a wonderful way to have a family.

Toward the end of breastfeeding amenorrhea the fertility signs begin to appear, and the couple can chart if needed.  It is also helpful to chart when fertility returns so that you accurately estimate the due-date of the next baby.

It may take several cycles before a couple can achieve pregnancy, and this is normal with breastfeeding.  Usually it took us several cycles while I was still breastfeeding before we achieved pregnancy.  I know one mother who had an extended amenorrhea but then could not achieve pregnancy while cycling for over a year while still breastfeeding.  Another mother was nursing an almost two year old and desired pregnancy.  Dr. Prem told her she would achieve pregnancy immediately after weaning.  The toddler weaned on his own and she became pregnant the first cycle after the complete weaning.  Interestingly, with the next child this mother achieved pregnancy while breastfeeding and cycling.  Research also shows that 6% of nursing mothers will achieve pregnancy during amenorrhea.

Pope Francis:  When the current Pope meets mothers, he encourages them to nurse their babies in public.  What he also needs to do is to promote God’s plan for breastfeeding via the Seven Standards, those maternal behaviors that are associated with an extended amenorrhea.  As we know, the emphasis on exclusive breastfeeding or continued breastfeeding was taught in the Sixties.  However, only the pattern of ecological breastfeeding via the Seven Standards is associated with long-term natural infertility.

To learn more about ecological breastfeeding, read The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor.  Each chapter is devoted to one of the Seven Standards and includes the research.  It is a short, easy-to-read book.

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding

Natural Family Planning Prevents Breast Cancer in Two Ways

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

October is the month in which emphasis is placed on finding a cure for breast cancer, but not much is said about preventing it.  Natural Family Planning is a great way to reduce a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer.  How?  By using systematic NFP instead of the Pill and by breastfeeding instead of using formula.

To those who are informed, the most obvious way to reduce the risk of breast cancer is simple: Never take the Pill.  If a young woman takes the Pill for 4 years or more before her first full-term pregnancy, she increases her risk of breast cancer by 44%.   The World Health Organization has stated that the Pill is in a Group 1 (worst kind) carcinogen.  Every October Pink article ought to be warning against the Pill!

Breastfeeding, God’s own plan for spacing babies—especially via ecological breastfeeding, greatly reduces a mother’s risk for getting breast cancer.  The American Institute for Cancer Research states that breastfeeding, especially exclusive followed by extended breastfeeding, reduces the risk of maternal breast cancer.

Researchers of a 2002 study involving 147,000 women said that a major contributor to the high incidence of breast cancer in the USA is that mothers do not breastfeed or breastfeed for too short a time.  “If women in developed countries had 2.5 children, on average, but breastfed each child for six months longer than they currently do, about 25,000 breast cancers would be prevented each year, and if each child were breastfed for an additional twelve months, about 50,000 breast cancers might be prevented annually.”

What needs to be said by those involved with promoting breast cancer prevention is that taking the Pill and formula-feeding are high risk factors for breast cancer. Even when breast cancer has occurred in a family relative, the woman who breastfeeds reduces her chance of getting pre-menopausal breast cancer by 59%! One in 8 women will develop breast cancer and almost 40,000 die from this disease every year.

With ecological breastfeeding, the presence of amenorrhea is a factor for the decreased risk of ovarian cancer as well as breast cancer.

Natural Family Planning, whether it be systematic NFP to avoid the Pill or to breastfeed for an extended duration, needs to be widely promoted for all its health benefits, especially during the breast-cancer prevention month of October.

For more information on breast cancer prevention, read “Breast Cancer: Risks and Prevention” by Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
(This blog was adapted from a 2013 blog.

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


Natural Family Planning and the Blessings of Eco-Breastfeeding

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Why Does the Church Ignore This Wonderful Option?   Breastfeeding is God’s plan for spacing babies!

The following post was written by Gina Peterson, the President of Catholic Mothers Nursing League (CNML).  She also authored Getting Started With Breastfeeding for Catholic Mothers.  For more information on CNML, see below.

Gina:  “Ecologically breastfeeding has definitely been a blessing in my life!  If I hadn’t gone along with my children’s need to nurse as long as they wanted and hadn’t gone along with my the natural infertility that resulted from it, I would not have had 16+ years of wonderful breastfeeding memories!  Also, the spacing from ecological breastfeeding has afforded me more precious years of having children in my house.  When I am all done with raising each of my children from birth to age 18, I will have been a parent for 31 years.  Although some days are very challenging and frustrating, overall I enjoy having my children at home with me.  Another blessing is the close relationship I now have with my children partially due to the mother I have become following the ecological breastfeeding philosophy.  That is something that will last for many years, long after my youngest has weaned.  It has helped me learn to be more responsive to each child’s individual needs as he or she grows older.  Last but not least, I haven’t needed to bother with NFP charting for many years and had only a tenth of the cycles a typical woman has during a 16 year span.”
If any mother is interested in teaching and promoting ecological breastfeeding in their parish, please contact Gina at the CNML website.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to support all breastfeeding mothers in your parish.  By teaching the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life, you will have healthier mothers and babies in your parish or community.

Sheila Kippley