3. God, Church, and Breastfeeding

What every woman, man, and Catholic bishop and priest need to know about God’s plan for spacing babies.

—-A handful of witnesses—-

“This is the only method of child spacing that appeals to my husband and me in every possible way.  Myself, I look for simpler answers—ones that women in non-technological societies might discover—and in breastfeeding I found it.”

“I am currently nursing my 17 month old without a return of my periods.”

“My son nurses on and off during the nights.  He is 22 months old and I have not had a period yet.”

“Breastfeeding has a very definite effect on child spacing.  With my bottlefed children I conceived again at 8 months after childbirth despite other contraceptives.  It has been 15 months since the last baby was born.  No period yet.”

“I was just on the verge of buying another copy of the Seven Standards book, as I had lent mine to a friend and have another pregnant friend who I wanted to pass this book on to. That book has been an incredible resource and I have read it many times! It gave me the courage to co-sleep with my babies (against societal pressure to the contrary), as well as inspiring me in many other ways. I have passed it on to other pregnant friends in the past. For myself, following the recommendations of your book, I had 22 months of amenorrhoea with my first child, and now my 2nd baby is 10 months old and I am still in amenorrhoea. I still re-read sections of your book even now for encouragement and information.”

Tomorrow: More witnesses

Further reading: The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor.  Both Catholic laity and clergy should read Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood.  It applies the papal Theology of the body to the bodily activity of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding in an emergency situation:  For the displaced in a refugee crisis, in drought, for lack of clean water, in earthquakes, during disease, or any emergency, the best prevention from sickness and disease is breastfeeding.  Some countries have brought the breastfeeding rate among mothers from 10% to 60%.  As this video shows, “breastfeeding is an absolute priority!”  This video is less than 3 minutes.

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Sheila Kippley

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