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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.

Natural Family Planning: Mother and Baby Together

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

God planned for mother and baby to remain together in the early years with breastfeeding.  Both the breastfeeding mother and the nursing baby receive many benefits.  The parents also receive a natural spacing of births when the mother nurses her baby following a pattern similar to the Seven Standards of ecological breastfeeding.

Experts for years have stated that the presence of the mother is crucial to the development of her baby.  This fact is usually ignored today in a world which values the mother in the workplace, but it needs to be heard.

Separation of mother and baby is commonly promoted in our society.  After all,  they say, babies must learn to be independent.  The baby should not cling to its mother.  Babies should learn to feed themselves with a bottle, pacify themselves with a pacifier, and sleep for the duration of the night.  This form of parenting, when it works, is very convenient for the parents, especially the mother who thinks she needs time to do other things.

But is this what nature intended?  Does God have anything to say about this in his plan for mothers and babies?  Are mother and baby one unit or are they to be treated separately?  Is the mother as physically close to her baby during breastfeeding, especially during the early years, as she is during pregnancy?  Is there a natural biological oneness during breastfeeding as there was during pregnancy?  Many breastfeeding experts have stated YES to the last question, that breastfeeding is a continuation of pregnancy.  The only change is that the baby is now outside the mother’s body.

There are three physiologic similarities between the two: pregnancy and breastfeeding.
1) With both, the baby is physically close to the mother.  With breastfeeding the baby is often carried on the mother’s body or is in her arms, but now both can interact with each other.

2) As with pregnancy, the breastfed baby is still receiving all his nourishment from his mother and this lasts for about 6-9 months.  After that time when other foods are slowly taken by the baby, the baby still receives much of his nutrition from his mother.

3) The mother remains in amenorrhea (no menstruation) during breastfeeding as well as during pregnancy. Normally a mother receives more months of amenorrhea from breastfeeding than she does from pregnancy if she follows the natural mothering program, i.e., the Seven Standards of eco-breastfeeding.

Sheila Kippley