“…[Breastfeeding] benefits the child and helps to create the closeness and maternal bonding so necessary for healthy child development. So human and natural is this bond that the Psalms use the image of the infant at its mother’s breast as a picture of God’s care for man…"
- Pope John Paul II
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.