Archive for the ‘Ecological Breastfeeding’ Category

Breastfeeding and the Theology of the Body

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

In the light of the Scandal, it’s a good time to remind ourselves that the vast majority of priests, probably at least 95%, are truly good men. Here are comments about Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood (2005) by some priests including a bishop and a cardinal. In this book the theology of the body is applied to that wonderful bodily act of breastfeeding.

“Thank you very much for sending me your Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood. You have done much good in this area where all too little has been done through the years. I found it very enlightening.”
Fr. Paul B. Marx, OSB

“This book was an eye-opener for me.”
Fr. Bill McCarthy
My Father’s House Spiritual Life and Retreat Center
Moodus, CT

“It is with great pleasure that I send you the Foreword as my contribution for your new book in your continual efforts to sustain motherhood in one of its fundamental tasks.”
+Alfonso Cardinal López Trujillo
President, Pontifical Council for the Family

“By skillfully weaving together Scripture, scientific research and anecdotal evidence, Sheila Kippley has fashioned a solid case for what our grandmothers knew from experience: A breastfed baby makes for a happy, well-adjusted adult. Would that mothers today would rediscover this important secret!”
Bishop Victor Galeone
Episcopal Moderator for NFP
USCCB Pro-Life Activities Committee

“With easy-to-read simplicity and an eye for the basics, Kippley gives us a balance of religious truth, scientific facts, and practical advice. Present this book as a gift to a pregnant woman, if you wish to affirm in love a mother and her child.”
Fr. William D. Virtue
Author, Mother and Infant

“Your book gets a much needed message out to the public. It is something a good priest should know and where he can point people to learn more.”
Fr. David V. Meconi, S.J.
Teacher, writer

Sheila Kippley
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Natural Family Planning, Population and Breastfeeding

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

Below is John’s response to an invitation to a Catholic gathering of experts regarding the poor and the anti-population agenda.

Thanks for the notification.  I am sure that the speaker-participants will do an excellent job of describing the unhappy efforts of the anti-population bad guys.

But it is unfortunate that there is no one on that panel who will speak on behalf of the positive alternative of Ecological Breastfeeding.  Maybe some will mention other forms of natural birth spacing, but I would be totally surprised if there was any mention of Ecological Breastfeeding.  There is ample research to demonstrate that the pattern of frequent breastfeeding that we term Ecological Breastfeeding postpones the return of fertility.  In some pre-bottlefeeding cultures, breastfeeding produces birth intervals of three to four years with no forms of contraception.  Our research in American culture shows an average return of menstruation between 14 and 15 months.

My wife has written extensively on this,  but she (and research of others as well) is ignored by the current NFP Establishment as well as the anti-abortion establishment.

It has become typical for television coverage of hurricanes in the Caribbean islands to show a young mother complaining that no one is giving her any food for her very young baby when she has God’s own food in her breasts.  It makes me sick to see this.  Why hasn’t the Church done more to educate these folks about breastfeeding for its tremendous health benefits and also for its natural spacing benefit?

Maybe your speakers do not know of anyone who has used Ecological Spacing and experienced 14 or 15 months of breastfeeding infertility.  But please do not make the common mistake of thinking that one’s experience represents the totality of reality.

We have lots of information on this at our website: www.nfpandmore.org.  Enjoy!

Thanks again for the notification.  If you would like to pursue the positive alternatives, we would be delighted to help you.

In His service,
John Kippley

 

 

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