Archive for the ‘WBW 2011’ Category

Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Births

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Readers, please promote ecological breastfeeding for spacing births!

This is a great time to promote ecological breastfeeding.  Married couples are interested in family planning.  With the emphasis on “being green,”  certainly nothing is more “green” than extended breastfeeding, and with regard to family planning, nothing is more natural than ecological breastfeeding.

Mothers are asking about using breastfeeding for family planning at different websites.  Add comments on the topics at the various blogs.  Give these mothers the proper information.

Women of various faiths are interested in learning this option.  Anyone can teach the eco-breastfeeding option to an interested couple.  It certainly has its benefits for mother, baby and husband and involves no abstinence for spacing births.

Why has the Catholic Church ignored this method for so long?  It has been known since the late sixties.  Pope Paul VI wrote me a thank you note when he received an edition of Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing in 1971.  John Paul II mentioned this form of natural child spacing in 1994.  As far as I know Pope John Paul II is the only Pope who has mentioned breastfeeding as a form of natural child spacing.  I know some Jewish mothers are trying to convey the message of ecological breastfeeding to women of their faith.  Even women fed up with contraception have shown an interest in this natural form of family planning.

Thanks to all those bishops, priests and lay people who help get the message out.

Sheila Kippley

Ecological Breastfeeding and Exclusive Breastfeeding

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Ecological Breastfeeding and Exclusive Breastfeeding:  These two types of breastfeeding are often confused with each other, but they are completely different when discussing natural child spacing. Website discussions about pregnancy rates during breastfeeding often confuse these two terms.  Even NFP teachers and doctors have shown confusion regarding these terms.  Let’s get them right.

Exclusive breastfeeding means the mother is giving her baby only her breast milk directly from her breast.  The baby is receiving nothing else for his nourishment.  The exclusive breastfeeding rule (also called the Lactational Amenorrhea Method or LAM) for natural infertility requires 3 conditions:
1) The baby is not yet 6 months old.
2) The mother is exclusively breastfeeding.
3) The mother has not experienced menstruation after the 56th day postpartum.
The pregnancy rate of LAM is 1% to 2% prior to the return of menstruation.

Ecological breastfeeding is described by the Seven Standards:
1. Breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of life; don’t use other liquids and solids, not even water.
2. Pacify or comfort your baby at your breasts.
3. Don’t use bottles and don’t use pacifiers.
4. Sleep with your baby for night feedings.
5. Sleep with your baby for a daily-nap feeding.
6. Nurse frequently day and night, and avoid schedules.
7. Avoid any practice that restricts nursing or separates you from
your baby.

The pregnancy rate for eco-breastfeeding is almost nil during the first 3 months if the mother is doing the Seven Standards and has had no menstrual bleeding after the 56th day postpartum.  With eco-breastfeeding, the second 3 months have a pregnancy rate of about 1% if the mother remains in amenorrhea.  After 6 months, the pregnancy rate is 6% for a mother who does not abstain or continues to rely on breastfeeding.  If the mother needs to postpone a pregnancy, she can switch into charting and use her fertility signs and systematic natural family planning.

For those interested in more information on these two types of breastfeeding, read Chapter 6 in Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach.  For those interested in natural birth spacing, read The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency FactorToday and tomorrow are the last 2 days of the 40% sale at

The Seven Standards book sells for $11.99 but the price is now $7.19.  The ebook is only priced at $5.99 but the sale price is $3.59.  Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing sells for $14.95 but the sale price is $8.95.  This ebook is also priced at $5.99 with the sale price at $3.59.  Both books compliment each other and make an excellent gift for a new mother.  The Seven Standards is quite cheap and can be bought in bulk to hand out among friends, relatives, or church members. The NFP manual and Battle-Scarred continue to be on sale also.

Again we encourage mothers who have eco-breastfed to complete the NFPI breastfeeding survey.

Sheila Kippley

Ecological Breastfeeding Does Make A Difference

Friday, August 5th, 2011

A French mother analyzed how she cared for her three babies.  Following is her own analysis after she completed the NFPI breastfeeding survey for each baby.
Baby 1
Breastfed for 6 months
Exclusive breastfeeding for 2 months
Cultural breastfeeding for 4 months
Amenorrhea duration: 6 months

Baby 2
Breastfed for 12 months
Exclusive breastfeeding for 3.5 months
Then culturally breastfed for 8.5 months
Amenorrhea duration: 9.5 months

Baby 3
Breastfed for 16 months
Ecologically breastfed for 15 months
Then weaned during 1 month
Amenorrhea duration: 15.5 months

The Seven Standards of ecological breastfeeding describes the maternal behaviors associated with extended natural infertility.  The main benefit is that this type of natural mothering keeps the mother with her baby.  In our society where the emphasis is often on pumping or the breast milk, one must remember how important the mother is to her baby.  In God’s plan the nurturing and nourishment provided by the mother on a continual basis keeps the mother near her baby.  As we can see, God’s plan is good.
Ecological BreastfeedingFor those interested in spacing births via ecological breastfeeding, I encourage you to read The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor. It is the latest, up-to-date version on this topic.

The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor, Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, Battle-Scarred, and Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach are 40% off through August 7 at

Breastfeeding Survey:  Any mother who has done ecological breastfeeding and has had a return of menstruation is invited to complete the NFPI breastfeeding survey.  If a mother believes the Seven Standards did not give her an extended period of breastfeeding infertility, we would like to hear from her also.

Sheila Kippley