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.


  1. Congrats!
    I just found your blog; what are the other standards of ecological BFing? I have never heard the term. We are currently bed sharing and nursing and loving every minute! :)

    1. So sorry I didn't reply right away! If you go to the Catholic Nursing Mothers League website at, click on "Resources" and then "Ecological Breastfeeding." This is a short info sheet about ecological breastfeeding. Also, the book "Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing" goes into detail with lots of lovely stories and facts about each standard. Thanks for reading the CNML blog!

  2. What a beautiful baby, Congratulations! I'm glad I found your blog today.