Archive for October, 2017

Natural Family Planning International

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

The teachings of NFP International are listed below.

Ecological breastfeeding truly does space babies without periodic abstinence.  Repeated research shows that mothers who follow the Seven Standards of eco-breastfeeding experience extended breastfeeding infertility.  St. John Paul II encouraged mothers to breastfeed for at least two years and beyond.

The New Evangelization helps couples to understand how Jesus is the author of the teachings of the Church including its difficult moral teachings.

Teaching Catholic morality means letting couples know that it is morally wrong to engage in masturbation and marital sodomy at any time including the fertile time.  Due to our culture, this is a necessary part of teaching marital chastity.

The Covenant theology is a straightforward statement about the meaning of sexual union.  “Sexual intercourse is intended by God to be, at least implicitly, a renewal of the marriage covenant.”  A common reaction is “That makes sense.“  In fact, it makes such good sense that it has helped non-Catholics to accept Catholic teaching on birth control and eventually enter the Church.

All signs of fertility and infertility are taught in a highly effective cross-checking way.

Sheila Kippley
Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach  (the NFPI teaching manual)



Natural Family Planning International

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Isn’t NFP just another name for Catholic birth control?
Every good that God has given us can be misused.  That’s why it’s important that NFP instruction transmit authentic Catholic teaching about having children.  We quote generously from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Humanae Vitae, and St. John Paul II, and it is appreciated as indicated in the following true statement.
     John, we came to your class with the idea of having only two children and were looking for some sort of Catholic approved birth control.  Your NFP course opened our eyes and we are so happy to have our eight children.

Is there any real need for NFP instruction for most couples?
In his 1981 Familiaris Consortio, St. John Paul II wrote, “Every effort must be made to render such knowledge [about fertility] accessible to all married couples and also to young adults before marriage.”

Does Natural Family Planning International fill this need?
NFP International (NFPI) fills this need in several ways.  By way of content, NFPI is unique.  We teach all the common signs of fertility and infertility in a highly effective cross-checking way; we also teach Ecological Breastfeeding which is the most natural form of baby spacing. We do all of this in the context of the New Evangelization, Catholic morality, and a Covenant Theology of sexuality.

More next week on the teachings of NFPI.
Sheila Kippley

Ecological Breastfeeding IS Natural Family Planning BUT it’s different!

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

The presence of ecological breastfeeding has definite advantages that no other NFP method has.  Sure, you can say systematic NFP reduces cancer, but that derives from the absence of the use of hormonal birth control and not in the use of systematic NFP.

The presence of ecological breastfeeding has many advantages, unlike other methods of NFP including the Sympto-Thermal method that we teach.  That’s because all the other “methods” are based on fertility awareness and abstinence during the fertile time.

Ecological breastfeeding offers 1, 2 or occasionally 3 years of extended infertility (no menstruation).  Other NFP methods do not offer that.

Ecological breastfeeding offers 1, 2, or occasionally 3 years of NO abstinence.  Other NFP methods do not offer that.

Ecological breastfeeding saves lives.  Those are babies’ lives as well as women’s lives.  Other NFP systems cannot do that.

For the mother, ecological breastfeeding protects against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, endometrial cancer, thyroid cancer, lupus, osteoporosis and heart disease.  Other NFP methods cannot do that except negatively—the absence of abortifacient hormonal birth control.

For the baby, ecological breastfeeding protects against allergies, asthma, bacterial meningitis, botulism, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, ear infections, eczema, gastroenteritis, leukemia, lymphoma, autoimmune thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, necrotizing enterocolitis, obesity, respiratory tract infections, SIDS, ulcerative colitis, type 1 and 2 diabetes, and urinary tract infections.   Other NFP methods do not do that.

The presence of ecological breastfeeding requires NO charting or device or app which are associated with the NFP fertility-awareness methods.

Ecological breastfeeding—or a pattern very similar to eco-breastfeeding—is truly God’s plan for mother and baby.  For this natural plan we are indeed very grateful.  However, when there is a sufficiently serious reason to practice another method of NFP, we are also truly grateful for the science behind these methods and for their availability.

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