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Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 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

Catholic Nursing Mothers League: Breastfeeding Support

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The Catholic Nursing Mothers League is a much needed ministry nowadays when careers are often glorified as more important than motherhood, and formula feeding is sometimes seen as equivalent to breastfeeding.  Because society sends mixed messages and even family members are sometimes not as supportive as they should be, nursing moms need a place to go for support.  One way to meet this need is to have smaller support groups within a faith community; that is why the Catholic Nursing Mothers League (CNML) exists.

The CNML ministry provides emotional and spiritual support and good breastfeeding resources and information to nursing moms within the context of the Catholic faith.  The especially nice part of a CNML meeting is that prayer is not only allowed but encouraged.  Also, natural family planning, sacramental preparation for children, and spiritual growth for moms among others are regular topics of discussion.  Although many secular breastfeeding support groups give great breastfeeding information, prayer and faith related topics are often taboo, and also many immoral topics are readily discussed nonchalantly.  The currently 15 and growing number of Catholic Nursing Mother League groups around the country not only provide trustworthy breastfeeding information, but they also help Catholic moms grow in their faith – a winning combination!

Any interested  mother  who wants to start a CNML chapter in her parish, can contact CMNL or get more information via the CNML’s email,

Sheila Kippley