Last time I talked about the fourth standard of ECOLOGICAL breastfeeding which is to sleep with your baby for night feedings following all the safety guidelines recommended on the links at www.nfpandmore.org and www.catholicbreastfeeding.org websites.
This week we will talk about the fifth standard of ECOLOGICAL breastfeeding which is to sleep with your baby for a daily-nap feeding.
I have to say I fall short on this one sometimes, partly because I can get away with not sleeping during the day and still remain in amenorrhea. However, I do get LOADS of rest as I go to bed early with my daughter, anytime from 8pm to 10.30pm, depending on both of our moods.
If I know I am going to be up later, for example for a special dinner with my husband or relatives, I make sure I am well rested by lying down for half an hour with my toddler while she breastfeeds.
I will share an experience I had where I got some "blood" spotting when my baby was 4-5 months of age. I had taken a long walk and had not eaten straight afterwards; in addition more time than normal had passed since I had last nursed my baby. The next morning I spotted some blood and I knew it was a similar experience to what Sheila describes in her book when a mother overdoes it in some way or when a mother feels pre-menstrual.
I did what Sheila suggests in Chapter 5 of her book, The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding which was to rest more, lying down with my daughter suckling on me and taking a nap. I felt my body going back to that more relaxed breastfeeding state the very next day and I have had no spotting since.
Some women's bodies are different and they need to do the daily-nap feeding very regularly in order to remain in amenorrhea. If you are one of those women and you want the child spacing effect of ecological breastfeeding, I recommend reading Chapter 5 of Sheila's book above and following that standard. That chapter also gives advice on how to nap if you have more than one child.
Next time we will look at the sixth standard of ecological breastfeeding. As always you can look up Kippley's website www.nfpandmore.org and/or www.catholicbreastfeeding.org for resources and online support. God bless, Judith!
Disclaimer: I am a breastfeeding mother who has used the Seven Standards and at the time of writing this column for the Open Door Newsletter at www.theopendoor.ie, I had experienced 18 months of breastfeeding amenorrhea. No claim is made that ecological breastfeeding is 100% in avoiding pregnancy. I have now over 2 years of breastfeeding amenorrhea and have gently started to reduce my daily nursings . For health issues, see a competent health professional.