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Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

NFP International  (NFPI) promotes ecological breastfeeding for spacing babies.  We promote it again and again.  Why?  Because no one else is doing it.  Everyone should know this important message.

Ecological breastfeeding spaces babies just because the mother remains with her baby and nurses him frequently day and night.  She is basically following the Seven Standards of ecological breastfeeding.  The Seven Standards are maternal behaviors that mothers usually do when they remain with their babies and nurse.  Mother-baby togetherness is the key to the Seven Standards.  The Standards are easy to do when mother and baby remain in close contact.  In fact, some medical doctors call the mother-baby unit one biological unit as in pregnancy, except that the baby has changed positions from the womb to mom’s arms.

NFPI also promotes the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby.  See the catalogs at the right of this blog.  Every year I review the breastfeeding research and then summarize the research for that year in a series of blogs.

I don’t know if I will be able to do that this year.  Because of an unfortunate accident to my computer, I lost all my breastfeeding research for this year.  However, I will be able to find and save everything from this point forward.  Perhaps I can also find some of the research published in January—June.

Many folks do not believe breastfeeding works to space babies.  That is the reason I wrote The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding.  It’s a short book and very inexpensive; it is available as an ebook as well.  This book’s primary purpose is to provide the research and to show that it does work.  Those interested in natural child spacing should read this book.  Miriam Labbok, a researcher on the Lactational Amenorrhea Method and who was involved on many research publications on this topic, told me that she took this book of mine with her where ever she traveled.  She is no longer among the living, but she was a strong advocate for our efforts.

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Is it Contraception or an NFP Method or Neither?

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

It may surprise you, but Ecological Breastfeeding is controversial among Catholics.  Some say breastfeeding is a form of contraception.  They say that a breastfeeding mother is avoiding conception with breastfeeding’s natural suppression of ovulation.  But the baby is nursing not the mother, and every nursing mother knows that she cannot force a baby to nurse.  When Saint John Paul II promoted breastfeeding for health reasons, he also noted its natural child spacing effect.

Others say that breastfeeding can’t be called a natural family planning method because it does not involve charting fertility/infertility or follow a fertility awareness system.  But for about 94% of breastfeeding moms, their first period is all they need by way of fertility awareness.

In reality, Ecological Breastfeeding is definitely a form of natural baby spacing.  That’s why we teach that there are two distinct forms of natural family planning—systematic NFP and Ecological Breastfeeding.  Realistically, couples who learn Ecological Breastfeeding from NFPI and intend to use it as their only “spacer” will probably be charting in the later months of amenorrhea so that they can accurately determine the temperature-based “due date” for their next baby if they achieve pregnancy before their first menses.

I’m reviewing some standards set by a USCCB committee in which it says several times that all phases of the reproductive cycle must be taught.  In a high school physiology class I was taught by a wonderful teacher that the reproductive cycle ended with breastfeeding, not childbirth.  She knew something about the effect that breastfeeding had on inhibiting ovulation.  Of course, eventually menstruation and fertility returns for the nursing mother, and the reproductive cycle can start once again.  It is unfortunate that this has been lost in part of the NFP movement.

Let’s do a survey!  Let’s ask 10 ecologically breastfeeding mothers if they are practicing contraception.  Of course, their answer is NO.  Then let’s ask these same breastfeeding mothers if they are practicing a form of natural family planning.  Of course, their answer would be YES because they are using the most natural form of natural baby spacing—God’s plan for both mother and baby.  However, it seems that some of those involved with NFP in the Church will say the answer to the second question is NO for  eco-breastfeeding mothers.

These mothers are not practicing NFP?  Really?

Any comments on this dilemma are welcome!

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding

Natural Family Planning International: Its Importance

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Do you know that NFP International is the only American NFP organization that teaches all of the following?

  1. Ecological breastfeeding and the Seven Standards as a form of natural family planning.
  2. The covenant theology of human sexuality as an easy way to grasp the teaching of Humanae Vitae.
  3. Systematic NFP with different answers for different situations.
  4. The need for a sufficiently serious reason to use systematic NFP to postpone pregnancy.
  5. The immorality of using masturbation and sodomy during the fertile time as a form of “NFP.”

Do you know that NFP International needs your help to grow as a corporal and spiritual work of mercy?

We believe that developing a culture of life requires a widespread rejection of marital contraception and conversion to God’s plan for life, love and family.  That entails generosity in having children, acceptance of ecological breastfeeding, when possible, for spacing babies, and using chaste systematic NFP when more spacing is needed.

If you share this conviction, please help the NFPI Humanae Vitae apostolate.  Please make your check to NFPI and send to:
NFP International, P. O. Box 861; Steubenville OH 43952
Or donate online at the website.

Thank you for reading this.  Please pray for us and for the NFP International apostolate.  Please donate; your gift will make a difference.  NFPI is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization.  Gifts are tax-deductible.

–John and Sheila Kippley
PS. Please visit the NFPI website. We are working to make it the “go-to” site for 1) practical help with NFP including a downloadable manual for a small donation and free charts, 2) theological support for Humanae Vitae and 3) breastfeeding research.