Natural Family Planning, Population and Breastfeeding

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

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

 

 

Things That Need to be Said About the Scandal

August 19th, 2018

Don’t judge the Church by those who do not accept and live by its teachings.

Judge the Church by those who accept and follow its teachings.  They live holy lives.  Only a few of them are canonized saints.  The vast majority of them are ordinary men and women including bishops, priests, and religious, both men and women, and many lay persons.  All of them lived by the teachings of the Church and thus lived holy lives.

Some will find that the horrible examples of some bishops and priests provide a temptation to leave the Church.  Again, don’t let other sinners lead you away from the Church.  The gospel words of Peter to Jesus are tremendously relevant.  “You have the words of eternal life (John 6:69).

Regarding Scripture, remember 1 Cor 12:26:  “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”

Apply this to the Mystical Body of Christ. By living the Commandments of love, we help to build up the Church. When married couples practice marital chastity, they provide spiritual help for our priests to remain faithful to their promises of chaste celibacy. But for the last 50 years, it has been increasingly the Catholic thing to follow the dissenters and practice marital unchastity via the use of unnatural forms of birth control. This has contributed to the sins of those called to be our leaders. That is, when most of the married folks are sinning, the whole body suffers.

John Kippley