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Natural Family Planning and the Church

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

 

The Church needs to recognize that there are two distinct forms of natural birth spacing—Ecological Breastfeeding and Systematic NFP.  Any definition of NFP that does not include  Ecological Breastfeeding does not correspond to the full reality.

In the “NFP movement,” breastfeeding tends to be treated more as a charting problem than something to be encouraged and as the healthiest form of baby care.  Not only teachers but every NFP student should learn the tremendous health benefits of breastfeeding AND that the frequency of Ecological Breastfeeding actually DOES act as an abstinence-free natural baby spacer.

I am convinced that the Church has a responsibility to share in the public health effort to increase breastfeeding of any sort and secondly to extend its duration.  The AAP recently came out with another effort to promote breastfeeding.  Also, a recent Dutch journal dealing with lung health strongly opposed formula-feeding for families with a history of asthma.  It speculated whether formula should be by prescription-only for such families.

If the Church has a responsibility to inform its members about the health benefits of breastfeeding, where can that be done better than in pre-marriage preparation and especially within a required NFP course?

John F. Kippley

 

 

Natural Family Planning with Ecological Breastfeeding

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Many of my Catholic friends and readers have enjoyed the natural spacing of births.  Many engaged couples who take the NFPI Home Study Course learn about eco-breastfeeding for the first time.  Unfortunately, Natural Family Planning International is the only NFP organization in our country that promotes and teaches Ecological Breastfeeding.

That’s because  many persons still do not believe that breastfeeding spaces babies.  I wrote The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding  for such people.   Each chapter is devoted to one Standard and presents the research for that Standard.  The book is inexpensive and an easy read.  In Cincinnati we give this book free to those who attend the NFPI classes.  We encourage you to purchase the book for yourself or for others, and especially for those involved in marriage preparation.

And please join us in praying that the Couple to Couple League and every NFP organization will soon promote and teach Ecological Breastfeeding.  There is no good reason not to do so.

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor

 

Natural Family Planning with Ecological Breastfeeding

Monday, August 6th, 2018

From those of other religions:

Protestant mother wrote“I have just finished reading The Seven Standards.  It is immeasurably wonderful to have all of my mothering instincts validated in a society where formula companies and contraceptive manufacturers are using gorilla tactics to scare women into feeling guilty for not using their products…We did not conceive until I weaned our son at 14 months.  We have begun reading the NFPI manual, Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach.  We are both thoroughly enjoying eco-breastfeeding.  We take our baby everywhere and both enjoy the extra cuddling at night, especially my husband who commutes an hour each direction to work everyday and misses the children sorely 5 days a week.  Your book and website are truly a blessing to our whole family, offering us invaluable support in our battle to raise our family with God’s will and His plan instead of giving in to social pressure.  Thank you, thank, thank you.  PS:  Although we are Protestant (Anglican), I gleefully informed my husband that the Pope wants me to take a nap everyday with my babies and now have his full support….”

As a Protestant, eco-breastfeeding had never been presented to my husband and me as a logical way to have a family.  Many of my acquaintances are put on the IUD right after their first baby, and I think it’s a shame. God intended His way of spacing little ones.”

“I am a Christian mother of 3 boys, 8, 4, and 2.  When we attended the Natural Family Planning classes, I read information about ecological breastfeeding.  It made sense so I applied it.  I nursed my first son until he was 21 months old.  My cycle returned when he was 22 months old.  We wanted to get pregnant soon so our children would be spaced nicely, but we didn’t get pregnant for almost a year.  I nursed the second boy until he was 2 years old, and likewise my cycle did not return until 20 months after he was born.  After my 3rd child was born, my cycle returned at 18 months.  I am a believer that it works!  Not only does it work, but it is rewarding and fulfilling to completely give yourself to this helpless little baby.”

“My religion, Islam, encourages breastfeeding for two years and, according to some Muslim scholars, allows birth control to be practiced within that two-year period.  I feel that so many people ignore breastfeeding as a form of natural child spacing.  The techniques you describe are entirely compatible with my religion.”

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor