7. God, Church, and Breastfeeding

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

Breastfeeding is God’s plan for the nurturing and nourishing the baby.

Breastfeeding protects the baby from certain diseases.  If baby gets sick, it is usually milder with breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding protects the mother from certain diseases.

Mother and baby are one biological unit during pregnancy and also during breastfeeding.  Like pregnancy, the breastfeeding keeps the mother with her baby.

The Church promotes systematic NFP through its many programs.  The Church should also promote the natural spacing of births with ecological breastfeeding.  This is the preferred method for couples to space their babies.  Unlike systematic NFP, you do not need a serious reason to use this most natural family planning method which usually requires little or no abstinence.  It’s a win-win-win-win situation with so many benefits involved for the mother and baby, for society, and for the Church.  And it’s following God’s plan!  What are we waiting for?  Let’s get the message out there!

An attempt to promote eco-breastfeeding.  The Wall Street Journal had an article early last year on how easy it is for anyone to do an animated video.  As a result of reading that article, I made an attempt to promote eco-breastfeeding with an animated video.  Obviously, the video was a new experience for me; the content better than the visual.  Hopefully, others will come up with some excellent videos promoting the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding and all the benefits associated with frequent and extended breastfeeding.   There are many videos promoting systematic NFP but only two videos on YouTube that promote eco-breastfeeding.  Those two videos (one is mine) leave room for improvement.

Further reading: The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor.  Also, 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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