Frustration at School Closing

April 2nd, 2017

One of our daughters responded to a school’s closing for A Day Without a Woman on March 8.  The first email is from the school’s interim superintendent.  The second email is from our daughter written 30 minutes later after the first email. The school’s name, etc. is omitted.

Email 1 dated March 2, 2017, 4:15 PM from the school:

Subject: Re: Wednesday, March 8 – Optional Teacher Workday

Greetings xxxx families.

This coming Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day, and has also been deemed, “A Day Without a Woman.”

Women across the nation, as well as men, will be participating in a one-day demonstration to recognize the value of women. As part of this demonstration, many will be staying home from work.

In recent weeks, I started hearing from staff members who indicated they will not be coming to work on Wednesday, March 8. As we get closer to that date, I have heard from more and more staff that they will also be absent. I asked our school principals and central office department heads to survey staff to find out how many absences would occur.

The results came back, and the number was significant. In fact, it is my determination that we will not have enough staff to safely run our school district.

To that end, I am declaring Wednesday, March 8 as an optional teacher workday. There will be no school for students, and no on-site child care. Students will not be required to make up this day as the system is on schedule to meet the required number of instructional hours for the school year.

All athletic events will occur as scheduled unless otherwise notified by the coach.

Additionally, a previously scheduled delayed opening for the purpose of professional development planned for Thursday, March 9 will be canceled. Thursday will instead be a full day of school.

While xxxxxxx Schools values and supports its female employees, the decision to close schools is not a political statement. It is entirely about the safety of students and the district’s inability to operate with a high number of staff absences.

Thank you for understanding.

Our daughter’s response below with the comment to us:  “Sometimes I just can’t stand it!”

Email 2 dated March 2, 2017, 4:44 PM from our daughter:


What a shame it is that these women (and men) place making their own personal political statement ahead of the value they place on educating our children (and doing their job).  I am sure many of these same educators are the same ones who insist they are not paid enough.  There are many other ways to make a difference and express one’s opinions without having an adverse impact on those whom they supposedly care about teaching.  I am very disappointed in the people I’ve entrusted with my child.

Sheila Kippley

Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding

March 26th, 2017

From a mother who learned about eco-breastfeeding for spacing the births of her babies:

I have had very little opportunity to chart during our marriage, as we’ve been married 4 years and have two children.  I am still waiting (with great anticipation!) the return of my fertility after the birth of our daughter 14 months ago!

I have become a big fan (somewhat of an understatement) of ecological breastfeeding.  This is due, in no small part, to your book, Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing, for which I am so grateful!  I checked it out from our local library before the birth of our eldest and found it invaluable!  I wanted to breastfeed, but without all of the information and encouragement I found in your book, I am sure that I would have practiced some form of cultural breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding my two children (ecologically, that is!) has been one of the greatest joys of my life!

My son (now 3) is still breastfeeding at night before bed, and my daughter (14 months) is still almost exclusively breastfed.  She is not a big fan of ‘real food’ yet.  If I hadn’t read your book, I am certain that the experience would not have been so wonderful—I’ve no doubt that it would have been filled with a great deal of anxiety!  Needless to say, I have since purchased the book!

I also had a lot of trouble with the idea of the ‘family bed’ at first, and in fact worked hard to keep my son in his crib at night.  I finally tried it out with my daughter and I love it!  Wouldn’t trade it for the world!  I find myself much more rested, and I love the special cuddle time with my little girl.  I feel bad that I deprived my son of the same experience.  I suppose we all live and learn!  The only downside to it is that at 14 months post-partum, I still am waiting for a return of my fertility.  As we are older parents (33 and 43), we are anxious to add another member to our family.  I must resign myself to the fact that God has a plan, and I need to be willing to accept it, whatever it may be!   (T.B, Oregon)

Sheila Kippley
Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor
Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing (classic edition)

Natural Family Planning and Breastfeeding

March 19th, 2017

In the last 6 blogs, I reviewed 37 published research papers on the benefits of breastfeeding for the year 2016 alone.  That’s 3 a month.

The evidence is overwhelming on the benefits gained when a mother breastfeeds her baby, especially if she exclusively breastfeeds for the first 6 months and continues until the baby is at least 1 or 2 years old.

We can ask those who have read the last six blogs:

Will babies’ lives be saved due to breastfeeding?  The answer is YES.

Will mothers’ lives be improved due to her breastfeeding?  The answer is YES.

Is formula just as good?  The answer is clearly NO.

Does formula cause some deaths for the baby? The answer is YES.

Where is this message promoted by our government?

Where is this message promoted by our Church?

Research also shows that the right kind of breastfeeding spaces babies.  This has been demonstrated by published research papers, even during the 1930s to 1970 when I began my research on breastfeeding and natural child spacing.

John and I have been publishing books and articles on this topic of birth spacing since 1969.  The message needs to be promoted as an option to all  couples engaged or recently married.  Justice demands that this choice be taught in our churches and in our mission work.  It also needs to be promoted by our government which promotes unnatural birth control and abortifacients because mothers need some spacing between births!  God through Nature provides this spacing with no abstinence and only good side effects.  So why do many NFP and other health-promoting organizations ignore this life-enhancing option?

Yes.  God does space babies through breastfeeding alone.   To learn more, please read the book below.

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