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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Teaching an Ecological Breastfeeding class

Have you ever considered teaching an Ecological Breastfeeding class? Have/Do you enjoy breastfeeding your children and having the added benefit of extended lactation amenorrhea? Maybe there are women in your parish who have never heard about it and it would greatly enhance their breastfeeding relationship and their marriage.

The Catholic Nursing Mothers League has devised a scripted class outline for leaders to use when teaching such a class. Also, another possibility is to visit the website blog and look under "ecological breastfeeding." There is a post from just a week or two ago that suggests what material to cover using the NFPI manual.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chronicles of a Catholic Nursing Mother - Week 20

Today's Scripture readings really hit close to home with me today. "Our ways are not the same as the Lord's ways" reminds me that when I feel in the spotlight with a large family and a baby on the way, God sees my children as gifts not hindrances. It reminds me that although our society glamorizes being able to do whatever one wants without consequence, I am doing what God wants of me. I find myself going back and forth in my feelings about this pregnancy. On the one hand, I am very excited about having a baby girl. On the other hand, I wonder if I can go through birth, breastfeeding and not enough sleep all over again. My children are spread out enough in age due to ecological breastfeeding's wonderful baby spacing effects(!) that I am the only pregnant mom at many of my children's extra-curricular activities. However, now my oldest can ride his bike to the pool or take the bus to a scout meeting. He can also help watch his brothers for a short time when needed. God promises in Scripture that He will always be with us. I will put my trust in the Lord this week as I wrestle with these feelings of mine.

For more information on ecological breastfeeding, please contact the Catholic Nursing Mothers League at or NFP International's website at

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chronicles of a Catholic Nursing Mother - Week 19

Can you guess what we found out at our ultrasound appointment? I am so excited! My house needs some pink badly! Jesus has really blessed our family after so many crises this year!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Chronicles of a Catholic Nursing Mother - Week 18

I haven't posted in a while. I am glad our guest blogger, Maureen, has been posting to help fill in my gaps.

My youngest has totally weaned now. For a while there, he was still asking to nurse occasionally, but now he hasn't asked for at least a week or two. I am trying to hold him more so that he still feels connected with me and me with him. Looking forward to nursing a new baby has made the process relatively easy emotionally on me.

I feel the baby's movements a little bit more strongly lately. I am actually feeling better physically at this point in my pregnancy than I had expected. I hope it continues. My mid-pregnancy ultrasound is scheduled for this Friday. I am very much looking forward to finding out if the baby's parts are all growing properly and, of course, the gender. We have all sons so far so it should be interesting!

My prayer life has been out of sync lately. I am sure that happens to all of us, especially those with young children at home and/or those who are pregnant. All one can do is start fresh with each day and ask God for help to do better.