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Natural Family Planning and Natural Child Spacing

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

A reprint on Child-Spacing by Dr. Herbert Ratner was made available to me. He had a lot to say about this topic but, liking short blogs, I will offer this paragraph:

“An insidious and subtle factor abetting the popularization of artificial child-spacing stemmed from the steady displacement of breastfeeding by artificial infant-feeding. The bottle made it possible for the mother physically to disengage herself from her complementary coupling with the infant. The infant, thus, lost control over this mother’s ovulation, since ovulation resumes earlier and more consistently in the non-lactating woman. Accordingly, the “liberated” woman resulted in a “liberated” ovary, and artificial feeding led to abnormally close births and abnormal stresses and strains within the family.”
Dr. Ratner explained how the birth control movement took off because non-nursing mothers had babies every 11 to 12 months due to bottle-feeding. (Reprinted from International Review of Naturall Family Planning, Spring 1978)

Dr. Otto Schaefer spent over 30 years in northern Canada. He arrived promoting formula but was a constant note taker and soon discovered that breastfed babies were healthier. He also learned that the traditional small Inuit family of 3 to 4 children was due only to traditional breastfeeding. These mothers lost their natural birth spacing due to the introduction of the bottle. The result: “Many complained about having ‘too many kids around,’ one of the consequences of giving up breast feeding.” (Sunrise Over Pangnirtung: The Story of Otto Schaefer, M. D. by Gerald W. Hankins, M. D., The Arctic Institute of North America, 2000; a delightful book)

Since 1969, John and I have promoted natural child spacing within the Catholic Church. It is time that those doing the evangelization and educational works of the Church start to promote and teach Ecological Breastfeeding as a form of natural family planning. It was in a physiology class in the 1954-55 school year as a high school sophmore taught by an elderly lady with white hair that I learned for the first time the effect breastfeeding had on the woman’s menstrual cycle, that breastfeeding—not childbirth—was the end of the reproductive cycle.

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding, a short read on how to space babies.

Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Natural Family Planning International is different from every other NFP organization because of our completeness.  That’s why we title our NFP manual as Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach.

Chapter 1 is an evangelical effort that places the teaching of Humanae Vitae in the context of faith in the Church based on the Last Supper promises of the Lord Jesus.  It offers theological support for Humanae Vitae through the covenant theology of  the marriage act.  For more on that, see my Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality (Ignatius, 2005).  This is the theology that helped to persuade Kimberly and Scott Hahn to accept Catholic teaching on birth control when they were still Protestants, and that was their first step toward full communion with the Church.  See their Rome Sweet Home.

Chapter 6 deals with Ecological Breastfeeding.  This is the most natural of all the forms of birth spacing.  And it DOES work when properly understood and practiced.  For more on that, see The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding (Lulu 2008).

The how-to chapters are based on the crosschecking system refined by Dr. Konald A. Prem, then a professor of OB and Gyn at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Except for the witness statements in Chapter 7, the text is in Q and A format, thus making it easy to read and understand.  It also has a comprehensive index.

The NFPI website has a trove of information for anyone interested in the various aspects of natural family planning.

John F. Kippley, President
NFP International

Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Recently I reviewed two websites and one recently published book.  I was happy to see that Ecological Breastfeeding was mentioned in all three, but I was disappointed that this type of breastfeeding was not defined.  I clicked “ecological breastfeeding” where it was highlighted at the two websites, but the referred “clicking” site did not define eco-breastfeeding.  Ecological breastfeeding was mentioned in the text of the book because it provides “a period of amenorrhea from one year to three.”  That sentence led to a footnote where exclusive breastfeeding for six months is mentioned.  But eco-breastfeeding is more than just 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding.

In the past I have referred to the ecological breastfeeding pie which has 7 pieces.  Exclusive breastfeeding is only one piece of this pie.

In the past the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) has been lumped together with eco-breastfeeding even though both are different.  Also in the past, NFP teachers have defined LAM wrongly.

My main point in this blog is to encourage those who promote breastfeeding infertility—whether it be LAM or eco-breastfeeding—to define it and to do so correctly.

For those interested in good definitions of each, I would encourage teachers to use the NFPI teaching manual, Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach.  To study the importance and the research of the Seven Standards of eco-breastfeeding, I would encourage teachers to read The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding because this book is a short easy read, inexpensive and also available as an ebook.  This book was written for those who say that breastfeeding certainly does not work as a birth spacer.  The teaching manual just mentioned above is also inexpensive and can be obtained as an ebook.

Sheila Kippley