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Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing: How Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Babies Paperback – June, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Couple to Couple League Intl (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0926412205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0926412200
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By J. Schutz on April 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am a working mom (soon to make whatever sacrifices I must to retire, as I read more and more studies that children don't do as well when the primary caretaker is someone other than a parent) who has used this method of child spacing with great success. I nurse my daughter on demand when I am at home and at night (no getting up for late night feedings, just flip over and go back to sleep!), and pump once during the day at work and so far my periods haven't returned. My daughter is 22 months old and I haven't had a period since 1997! For anyone who is working and wants to use this method, I would recommend combining it with fertility awareness - you can check for more info on that - just to make sure, because obviously the chances of fertility returning are greater when you're not with your child day in and day out. The knowledge that constant mother-baby togetherness causes this natural child spacing leads me to greater belief that mothers and baby are biologically designer to be together at all times, and logic tells me (as studies confirm) that if I try to do otherwise, harm comes to both of us. [...]

Update: Jan 2006 - I had 27 months of infertility after each of my first two children and am in month 14 after my third. My gynecologist said I have all but eliminated any chance of breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer (because I've had only 6 cycles in 8 years) by adopting this time-tested lifestyle.

A woman who follows the standards of natural mothering closely (especially nursing while sleeping) typically receives 20-30 months of postpartum infertility. A more modern-style nurser averages 14 months, decreasing with more separation, limited comfort nursing, and longer nursing intervals.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Raynor on December 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read this book in 1978 when I was pregnant with my 3rd child. It changed my life and the life of my children. Sheila helped me find my instinctual mothering abilities that had been lost to many boomers whose own mothers had adopted the post war/ozzie and harriet 50's version of parenting... and that didn't include attachment parenting or breastfeeding!
I was 8 months pregnant when I read this book and it was like a whole new world of parenting options opened up to me. I hadn't had any idea that it was possible to let a baby sleep with you. I didn't know that baby swings were just a substitute for mom and that cribs and cradles were too. I had always, always been taught that picking up a crying child was allowing them to manipulate you. And Sheila's book took those societal blinders off my eyes and off my heart.
That baby is 24 years old today. And a mommy of her own 15 month old. What is "normal" to her, breastfeeding in bed, sleeping with her child and always answering her needs, is still looked upon with astonishment by others. Her intinctual mothering skills were right at the forefront and ready to do their thing when our little granbaby was born. Her momma already knew how to breastfeed her. Any medical persons involved in their lives have been amazed at what a confident and skilled parent my daughter is at her own tender age and with her first born.
Sheila Kippley's book changed my life and my children's. I never realized it was so life changing until I saw my grandaugter and how her mother has learned how to be a mother from me and I learned from this tiny book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Grateful Mother on February 29, 2000
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I am the mother of a 17-month-old child who loves to nurse and was feeling obligated to wean him because of what others might think of an older child still nursing. This book gave me the courage to follow my natural insticts and let my child decide when to be weaned. This book gave reasons why continued breastfeeding is beneficial to older children as well as younger and also helped me see that I am a good mother. This book is an excellent tool for any breastfeeding mother who cherishes the bonding time breastfeeding provides.
After reading this book I was told I would need to wean my child to have a medical procedure. The book gave my the courage to say no. Later it was realized that the certain medical procedure would have been unneccessay. I am so grateful I took the time to read this book, I know it can give you the courage to continue also.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on September 25, 2000
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I borrowed this book from the Library based on the recommendation of a friend when my daughter was a few months old. I quickly purchased my own copy from after reading it. It is an amazing book - it really did change the way I parented my daughter [for the better] and it also really REALLY worked for child spacing purposes. I was fascinated with the information in this book [which I'd never read or even heard of elsewhere] and it was fun and easy to read. I also really REALLY enjoyed being without periods for more than a year too. :) I think any breastfeeding mom would really benefit from reading this book!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
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Mothers who are reluctant to risk using hormonal methods of birth control while breastfeeding no longer have to rely on less-effective barrier methods or "chance." With this book, nursing mothers now have the ability to space births as effectively as the Pill, Depo-Provera, Norplant, and the IUD-- without any of the harmful side effects.
Mrs. Kippley not only explains what natural mothering is and how it spaces babies, but spells out, step by step, how to maximize your own natural breastfeeding infertility.
It only makes sense that what is "good for mother is good for baby." This book goes far beyond simply "breasfeeding as birth control." You won't just read it once-- it's a book you'll refer back to many times for information and support. This book should be read by every nursing mom!!
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