Archive for June, 2019

Natural Family Planning International: Please Donate

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Many organizations are in need of donations and we are certainly one of them.  Our costs are minimal.  Our only paid worker is our full-time Executive Director.

The rest of the work for our Humanae Vitae apostolate is done by volunteers.  Teaching couples through the online Home Study Course, updating our Facebook page, the promotion of Humanae Vitae, and teaching classroom courses is gladly done by volunteers.

Please donate.  We need the financial support.  We are thankful for what you can do to help our ministry.

Sheila Kippley
PS:  On June 12, 2019, a couple completed the Home Study Course.  Here is the comment from the male, a self-identified agnostic, regarding the course:
Thanks so much.  I will sincerely recommend this course to my friends that are due to wed! I think its helpful information to anyone even if they are not Catholic or if they are male! I think it is important to know the natural signs the body gives to indicate periods of fertility and infertility, rather than forcing it to be a certain way via the pill or other unnatural methods. I had no idea there were all of these signs that can be used! I also liked how this book not only talks natural ways of avoiding pregnancy, but also how to naturally increase chances of a successful pregnancy. These will probably come in handy down the road 🙂 Also I do like how this book gives a background into the Catholic teachings and morality regarding different aspects of sex and having children. I think the belief system aligns with what I feel internally is virtuous and brings positive energy into the world.  Thanks again.

 

Natural Family Planning International: Please Donate

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

NFP International is unique among NFP providers in that we teach the covenant meaning of the marriage act, for better and for worse (including the imagined worse of possible pregnancy). We also teach how hormonal contraceptives can be abortifacient and increase health risks for the woman.

NFPI is also unique in teaching about ecological breastfeeding. That’s the full-time breastfeeding that gives the mother 14-15 months on average of natural infertility. We also ensure that our students know how healthy breastfeeding is for both mother and baby.

The third strand of our “Triple Strand” is the Dr. Konald Prem method of charting, which is very versatile and comprehensive.

NFPI is a small organization, and we have a small budget. We ask for $80 for a couple to take our course. The number of students that we teach is not enough to cover our expenses, and so we would like to ask you to donate to NFP International. The reason we teach couples is because it is beneficial for them to know the above information. It is our small share of promoting a culture of life and a civilization of love.  By sending a monetary gift to NFPI, you are contributing to a good start for our student couples who are preparing to enter into marriage.

Please consider sending a donation to NFP International. We are helping couples know more about God’s plan for marriage and family life. Also, please pray for us, and know that we are praying for God to bless you and your loved ones.
Sincerely,
Stephen Craig
Executive Director
PS:  Sheila:  On June 9, 2019, I received this comment about our course:  I have gained a significant amount of knowledge through taking this course. I am agnostic, so I learned a good amount about Catholicism and the beliefs towards sex and children. Furthermore, I have not learned anything regarding menstruation/cycles since my middle school sexual education days, so this was great. Especially new to me were all of the methods to tell exactly what part of the cycle a woman is in. I think I will be able to help [my wife] with her fertility and her nursing!
We appreciate any donation so we can continue helping couples.

Natural Family Planning: Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

From a French mother:  I will always present your book [The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding] as a document that promotes breastfeeding as a wonderful way of mothering. It’s also a way for spacing babies, but this is a “collateral advantage!”  Here’s my own experience as a breastfeeding mother.  I followed the 7 standards (without knowing your book) not in order to space the birth of my babies (especially because I had my first daughter at 28 years old; thus quite late) but in order to succeed with my breastfeeding.  It has worked so well that my daughter, who is almost 4 years old, still suckles but only in the morning. I went 38 and a half months without menstruation!  My future  newborn is for February.  Our two children will be spaced 4 years apart. I know I gave my best for my first child.

An Italian mother sent me three breastfeeding surveys; her babies were born when she was ages 27, 30,and 33.  She did not follow the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding with her first baby and was working 30 hours a week.

With her second baby she cut back on her job (2 days a week; 5 hours each day).  She exclusively breastfed for 7 months and took a daily nap for 14 months.  The baby slept in a cot near her bed, then the baby was moved into the children’s room when a year old.  However the baby often ended up in the parents’ bed until age 30 months.  First menstruation occurred at 29 months+2 weeks followed by a pregnancy.

With baby #3, she practiced ecological breastfeeding.  A daily nap was still ongoing during this survey.  Baby slept in parents’ bed at night for 32 months.  Exclusive breastfeeding occurred for 6 months+2 weeks.  No bottles, no pacifiers, and no job.  The baby was left in the care of another person once a month at age 2.5 years when the mother had a dinner date with her husband.  First menstruation occurred at 37 months+4 days postpartum.  In her experiences she relied exclusively on breastfeeding amenorrhea; a child was always welcome.

Discussion:  Our society is unfamiliar with the natural spacing of babies via breastfeeding.  If you take nature or God’s natural plan as the norm, for a breastfeeding mother to go 1, 2 or 3 years without menstruation is perfectly normal.  Some mothers’ bodies are more influenced by the breastfeeding, and some are less influenced.  Whether a breastfeeding mother experiences one year postpartum without any menstruation or 3 years without menstruation….all these experiences are normal.

Because our society including many of our churches support mothers who work outside the home, the message of breastfeeding and natural spacing is often ignored even if systematic NFP is taught.  I remember one Protestant mother fighting her church to not provide daycare because it sends the wrong message.

For interested parents, articles at the NFPI website teach the importance of the mother during the early years of life.

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding