Maria Lactans

Maria Lactans
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I know it has been quite a while since I have posted but I have an excuse - honest! I have been happily nursing a brand new baby girl for the past 5 weeks.

Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics published their latest policy statement on breastfeeding, "Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk." In the document, it says, "...continued breastfeeding leads to increased child spacing secondary to lactational amenorrhea." The AAP also still recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and continued breastfeeding for a year or longer. The policy statement promotes skin to skin contact soon after birth and throughout the postpartum period and having mom and baby sleep in close proximity to each other. The AAP suggest 8-12 breastfeeds per 24 hours and no supplements for newborn infants unless medically advised.

The Catholic Nursing Mother League happily supports these recommendations! Actually, all the above points are beneficial for keeping up a good milk supply, for mom and baby bonding, and for natural child spacing. They are part of the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding.