4. God, Church, and Breastfeeding

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

Below are more witnesses from eco-breastfeeding mothers.

“In brief, we chose ecological breastfeeding based on receiving a copy of The Art of Natural Family Planning 4th Edition as an early wedding gift.  Just under 5 months postpartum, I experienced a very short (less than a hour), very light (less than 1/4 tsp, including a small bit of tissue or blood clot) episode of spotting.  I really have no idea what caused it, as I experienced no signs of mucus before this and no signs after until a couple weeks after solids were introduced at about 7 months.  I charted for a very short time when this mucus started but stopped when the mucus went away.  I did not chart after that but just sort of kept an eye out for fertile mucus.  I observed fertile mucus beginning when my daughter was about 18 months old and started charting a couple weeks later.  At about 19.5 months, I experienced a day of spotting.  We successfully charted my first postpartum ovulation at about 20.5 months postpartum, followed by my first true postpartum period after an 8-day luteal phase.  My next three cycles also had 8-day luteal phases.  This was followed by a cycle with an 11-day luteal phase, so my first “fertile” ovulation was when my daughter was about 25 months and 1 week old.  We then switched to trying to conceive and were blessed with the conception of our son (over 5 weeks into that cycle – good thing we were charting and had accurate dates!) when our daughter was a few days less than 27 months old.
Thank you for your research and teaching of ecological breastfeeding.  It has certainly been a blessing for our family.
God Bless,
Jeana (and Dominic) Jones”

“Many of the women said that ecological breastfeeding didn’t work for them, but they also mentioned pacifier use and their babies sleeping through the night.  I think some moms think they are practicing eco-breastfeeding but they haven’t read Sheila Kippley’s books. Of course, there is a group of women whose periods return earlier than the average and yet they do practice eco-breastfeeding.  I practice ecological breastfeeding  and my period returned at 29 months with my last baby.”
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.

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Sheila Kippley

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