First Standard of Ecological Breastfeeding

First Standard of Ecological Breastfeeding

This is the first of seven daily blogs for World Breastfeeding Week.  The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding are maternal behaviors associated with the natural spacing of births.

Breastfeed Exclusively for the First Six Months

Exclusive breastfeeding means the baby receives nothing but mother’s milk directly from her breasts. 

Research has repeatedly shown since the mid-1950s that the introduction of early solids and early liquids to the baby is associated with a very early return of fertility.  Exclusive breastfeeding is an important step for a mother to take if she is interested in maintaining natural infertility after childbirth.  It is the best step to take for the health of her baby.

“This was the first baby exclusively breastfed for six months, and also a true baby-led weaning…I am currently nursing our 17 month old without a return of my periods.”

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor
Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood

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