Archive for the ‘Ecological Breastfeeding’ Category

Catholic Nursing Mothers League: Breastfeeding Support

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

The Catholic Nursing Mothers League is a much needed ministry nowadays when careers are often glorified as more important than motherhood, and formula feeding is sometimes seen as equivalent to breastfeeding.  Because society sends mixed messages and even family members are sometimes not as supportive as they should be, nursing moms need a place to go for support.  One way to meet this need is to have smaller support groups within a faith community; that is why the Catholic Nursing Mothers League (CNML) exists.

The CNML ministry provides emotional and spiritual support and good breastfeeding resources and information to nursing moms within the context of the Catholic faith.  The especially nice part of a CNML meeting is that prayer is not only allowed but encouraged.  Also, natural family planning, sacramental preparation for children, and spiritual growth for moms among others are regular topics of discussion.  Although many secular breastfeeding support groups give great breastfeeding information, prayer and faith related topics are often taboo, and also many immoral topics are readily discussed nonchalantly.  The currently 15 and growing number of Catholic Nursing Mother League groups around the country not only provide trustworthy breastfeeding information, but they also help Catholic moms grow in their faith – a winning combination!

Any interested  mother  who wants to start a CNML chapter in her parish, can contact CMNL or get more information via the CNML’s email,

Sheila Kippley

Natural Family Planning and Humanae Vitae

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
John’s response to a petition in support of Humanae Vitae:
John F. Kippley
Natural Family Planning International, Inc.
MA Theology, MAT Applied theology, MA Industrial Relations
Honorary Dr. of Ethics from Franciscan University of Steubenville, 2008
Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality (Ignatius, 2005)
I also want to register my disappointment that the practical support to live the teachings of Humanae Vitae referenced only the fertility awareness based methods (FABM) and made no mention of Ecological Breastfeeding.  It was the abandonment of breastfeeding in general and especially of the frequent suckling pattern of the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding that led to the phenomenon of having two babies in 12 calendar months.  That in turn led to a sort of panic and resort to unnatural forms of birth control.  Every year new benefits of breastfeeding are published, but the Catholic Church is doing almost nothing to make ordinary Catholics, even those attending FABM classes, aware of these benefits.   That simply must change.
I also think that more attention should be paid the concept of the marriage act as a renewal of the marriage covenant.  It is my understanding that I am the first to introduce this concept in writing among Catholic writers (1967), and that gives it absolutely no theological legs, so to speak.  However, in his 1994 Letter to Families, St. John Paul II used this phrase, and that makes a difference.  It is terminology that he did not use in his magisterial Theology of the Body.
John F. Kippley

Natural Family Planning International: The one to support

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Do you know
that breastfeeding is the only variable that offers lifelong protection against breast cancer?

―that if every mother worldwide did predominant breastfeeding 823,000 lives of children under 5 would be saved each year?

―that the frequent nursing of “ecological breastfeeding” offers the best hope of a long-term milk supply?

Do you know

that NFP International teaches ecological breastfeeding as a form of natural family planning?

that ecological breastfeeding provides, on the average, 14 to 15 months of natural infertility?

And what is ecological breastfeeding?   Eco-breastfeeding is that form of nursing in which

1) the mother fulfills her baby’s needs for frequent suckling and her full-time presence and

2) in which the child’s frequent suckling postpones the return of the mother’s fertility.

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 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 our 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.