January 25, 2012

This is my last official post in the Ecological Breastfeeding Series, although I will finish it all up with a Q&A Session.  Start at Part I if you haven't read the rest of the series yet.

We have two more standards to discuss today and these, very much like my last post, are closely related.  As always I will discuss what these standards mean, and give you an overview of how it looks in our house, along with some commentary and bunny trails along the way.

Ready?  Let’s get to it!

Standard #6: Nurse frequently day and night, and avoid schedules

Nursing frequently is more or less self-explanatory, although it also can be subjective.  Newborns nurse frequently, but as babies get older they nurse less often.  My daughter  (almost 2) nurses frequently, for her age.  She nurses through the night, when waking up or going down for a nap, when she’s grumpy, sad, upset, tired, etc.  Sometimes she nurses because she’s thirsty and other times just because I think she feels like it.  If I had...

December 29, 2011

Before you read this post be sure to catch Ecological Breastfeeding Part IPart II and Part III

I know mothers who follow all of the ecological breastfeeding standards except the two that we are going to talk about today.  And guess what?  They don’t benefit from the same blessings that following the entire plan give.  Of course, following five of these principles rather than none is definitely a good thing, but you and your child are still missing out on ecological breastfeeding and the gifts it can give your family.

So, I ask that today you keep an open mind.  Don’t immediately disregard this phenomenal method of parenting your baby until you have heard all the facts.  I know that many people will read the next two standards and think “There’s no way I’m ever doing that.”  But just wait, make an informed decision; you owe it not only to your child but to yourself as well.

Standard #4: Sleep with your baby for night feedings.

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December 20, 2011

Like I promised… I am finally getting around to Part III of my Ecological Breastfeeding Series.  If you haven’t yet, read Part I and Part II first.

Today I wanted to talk about the 2nd and 3rd Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding.

Standard #2: Pacify or comfort your baby at your breasts.

Some people may be surprised to find that nursing is not just for nutrition.  Babies are naturally comforted by nursing.  The sucking motion helps to relieve tension, and the closeness of the baby to his mother encourages a feeling of safety.  Some may already know this but think that breastfeeding for comfort is dangerous, or a bad habit, and that you should only feed your child when he is hungry.  

There are some misconceptions about this and, I think, it is mostly confusion caused by the widespread use of bottles as a substitute for a mother’s breast.  One of the biggest concerns is that if you nurse for comfort your child will learn that eating is for comfort, which will lead...

November 16, 2011

In my first post on ecological breastfeeding, I did a brief overview of the seven standards that must be followed in order for this natural style of nourishing your child to “work”.  First, let me define what I mean by work.  Any and all amount of breastfeeding that a mother is able to provide for her child is good, healthy and beneficial for both mother and baby.

However, I do believe that these standards are an accurate representation of God’s good and natural plan for the nourishment of children.  This being the case there are real and tangible benefits to following this plan, and in order to have these benefits to the fullest, these principles should be followed.

The benefits of ecological breastfeeding are many.  One benefit that I mentioned in my previous post is the extended period without a menstrual cycle, which not only naturally spaces children in a family but also provides many health benefits for the mother.  The average length before the return of the cycle, for women...

November 7, 2011

In a recent post I discussed the many benefits of extended breastfeeding.  Both mother and child benefit physically and emotionally from a natural breastfeeding relationship, and babies also receive developmental benefits from the nutritional value of the milk.  Unfortunately, in our society, this natural way of mothering has been all but lost.

With so many distractions and roadblocks put in the way of motherhood, and so many alternatives to the comfort and safety of a mother’s breast being endlessly advertised… it’s no wonder we have forgotten the beauty and the blessings that come with mothering our young children the way that God created and intended us to.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I knew that I wanted to give her the best start possible, and I also knew that would include breastfeeding.  It wasn’t until I read Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing that I realized I hadn’t thought of how I wanted to breastfeed.

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October 25, 2011

We usually don’t watch a lot of cable around here.  We have it, but we just aren’t interested in most of the entertainment that television has to offer.  We mostly watch our own DVDs but this month it’s different… this is October and as any baseball fan knows that means the playoffs.  And as any Cardinals fan knows… we are in the World Series.  Which means an entire month of Cardinals games that are nationally televised… which means we’re watching the TV a lot more lately. Most of the commercials are hardly worth mentioning; many are downright offensive and a seldom few we have found humorous.  But there is one campaign on television right now that I did want to spotlight – the Stand Up 2 Cancer campaign.

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