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Birth Control, Ecological Breastfeeding  & Lactational Amenorrhea Method

 Ecological breastfeeding provides an average of 14 to 15 months of postpartum infertility for those women who follow its guidelines. The range appears to follow a more or less standard statistical distribution with 72% of mothers experiencing their first postpartum period between 9 and 20 months, with a few of the remaining experiencing it soon, and the rest later.

The biggest effect of breastfeeding on menstrual cycles is seen in women who practice what is known as "ecological breastfeeding." As explained by Sheila Kippley in Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, the seven tenets of ecological breastfeeding are:

  1. Exclusive breastfeeding (no other liquid or solid from any other source enters the infant's mouth) for the first six months of life.
  2. Comfort your baby at the breast.
  3. Don't use bottles and pacifiers.
  4. Share sleep with your baby for night feedings.
  5. Share sleep with your baby for daily nap feedings.
  6. Nurse frequently day and night and avoid schedules.
  7. Avoid any practice that restricts nursing or separates you from your baby.

As long as the three conditions of LAM are in place, the chances of pregnancy are less than two percent. The conditions for the effective use of LAM are:

  1. Baby is less than six months old.
  2. The mother's period has not yet returned.
  3. Baby is exclusively breastfed (with no pacifiers, supplemental bottles, or solid foods) and nurses on demand both day and night.

Learn more about  Lactational Amenorrhea Method

Natural Family Planning; Safe, Healthy & Highly Effective

Natural Family Planning is safe and healthy because it is 100% natural and a woman simply observes the signs of fertility and infertility built into her fertility cycle.

NFP uses no birth control drugs or devices, so there are no risks to a woman’s health. Practicing NFP involves respecting the body and how it functions, while artificial methods use medications or devices whose purpose is to thwart the body’s normal function. Every drug has potential side effects, which may be worth risking when trying to restore good health, but normally, we don’t take a drug product unless it is necessary to cure or relieve something that is wrong with us. Birth control drugs, however, treat your perfectly healthy, natural fertility as a disease.

It is common to assume chemical birth control (the Pill, the Patch, Depo Provera) and invasive devices or surgery (the Intrauterine Device or IUD, vasectomy, or tubal ligation) are perfectly safe because they are used so widely. Not so. There are many undesirable and even risky side effects to every artificial method. Some of these side effects are more a nuisance (weight gain, irritability), and others quite serious (increased risk of blood clots, stroke, or some types of cancer).

The Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Famiy Planning can be used at the 99% level of effectiveness to postpone or avoid pregnancy, which is an effectiveness level as high or higher than all artificial methods except sterilization.

If you are concerned about avoiding pregnancy, you can take heart from the conclusion of the Los Angeles Study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health & Human Services) to compare the different systems of NFP under similar conditions: “There were no method failures in the STM (Sympto-Thermal Method) group,” (Maclyn E. Wade, et al., “A random prospective study of the use-effectiveness of two methods of natural family planning,” Am J Ob and Gyn 141:4 (15 Octo 1981) 368-376). A “method failure” is an unplanned pregnancy among couples who follow the rules of a given method.

Check out more information about modern Natural Family Planning or sign up for a class near you...

The Couple to Couple League International

Trying to Conceive?

The Pope Paul VI Institute, founded in 1985 by Thomas W. Hilgers, MD, is internationally recognized for its outstanding achievements in the field of natural fertility regulation and reproductive medicine. Check out thier website here...

 Natural Procreative Technology