A world where every child is breastfed, and our culture supports and nurtures nursing mothers.
Our MISSION is to provide a forum for discussion, study and shared
prayer among women interested in breastfeeding, especially the practice
of full ecological breastfeeding, in a faithful Catholic context.
The Catholic Nursing Mothers League was
founded in April, 2006 by childbirth educator, breastfeeding
counselor and former natural family planning instructor, Pamela H.
Pilch. It was inspired by the work of Sheila Kippley, author of Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, and, more recently, Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood.
Pam's goal in creating the
League was to provide encouragement and resources for Catholic mothers
to gather in parishes to learn about breastfeeding and mothering, to
give and receive spiritual and emotional support, and to reach out to
parishes and communities to educate about the many physical and
relational benefits, and about the long-standing Church teaching in
support of, maternal breastfeeding.
Since its beginning, CNML has
been advised, supported and encouraged by author Sheila Kippley and
her husband, theologian John Kippley, Professor Kevin Miller
(Franciscan University of Steubenville), and Fr. William Virtue
(author of Mother and Infant). We have received invaluable prayers and support from so many others. We are grateful for all of this support.
Gina Peterson BS, IBCLC, a founding member of the CNML Advisory
Board, took over as Executive Director of CNML in the summer of 2009.
She is a homeschooling mother of four sons and one daughter and a
volunteer lactation consultant.
In 2017, CNML officially partnered with Guiding Star Project.