Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding

NFP International  (NFPI) promotes ecological breastfeeding for spacing babies.  We promote it again and again.  Why?  Because no one else is doing it.  Everyone should know this important message.

Ecological breastfeeding spaces babies just because the mother remains with her baby and nurses him frequently day and night.  She is basically following the Seven Standards of ecological breastfeeding.  The Seven Standards are maternal behaviors that mothers usually do when they remain with their babies and nurse.  Mother-baby togetherness is the key to the Seven Standards.  The Standards are easy to do when mother and baby remain in close contact.  In fact, some medical doctors call the mother-baby unit one biological unit as in pregnancy, except that the baby has changed positions from the womb to mom’s arms.

NFPI also promotes the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby.  See the catalogs at the right of this blog.  Every year I review the breastfeeding research and then summarize the research for that year in a series of blogs.

I don’t know if I will be able to do that this year.  Because of an unfortunate accident to my computer, I lost all my breastfeeding research for this year.  However, I will be able to find and save everything from this point forward.  Perhaps I can also find some of the research published in January—June.

Many folks do not believe breastfeeding works to space babies.  That is the reason I wrote The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding.  It’s a short book and very inexpensive; it is available as an ebook as well.  This book’s primary purpose is to provide the research and to show that it does work.  Those interested in natural child spacing should read this book.  Miriam Labbok, a researcher on the Lactational Amenorrhea Method and who was involved on many research publications on this topic, told me that she took this book of mine with her where ever she traveled.  She is no longer among the living, but she was a strong advocate for our efforts.

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding

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