July 26th, 2014
As the original article indicated, we have been promoting ecological breastfeeding as a form of natural family planning since 1969 and even earlier. How much progress have we made? NFPI is currently the only NFP organization in America that teaches and promotes eco-breastfeeding. That is truly sad because it is God’s plan for spacing babies.
There are some minor changes since 1971. Then we wrote, “We don’t think that a mother should breatfeed just to get the side effect of natural infertility.” Today we need to add that there is nothing wrong with that motive even though it’s not the best. There is nothing wrong with doing eco-breastfeeding to seek any of its benefits. In our culture, however, if moms are going to continue to breastfeed, they will need to do so for the fuller reason of all the benefits for their babies.
The “nap” standard is not mentioned in this 1971 article. Why? Naps were common for mothers in the Sixties. Many of our friends with young children knew the benefits of taking a nap. They took naps whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. They simply took the phone off the hook during naptime. We did not have answering machines in those days. We now know of three books that promote the benefits of taking a nap geared for young adult students or grown adults. Sheila has included these books in her chapter on the Fifth Standard in her book, The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding.
John and I have written or contacted many dioceses, priests, bishops, and the Popes to promote the teaching of ecological breastfeeding in NFP programs. Some day these efforts will bear fruit. The local church and the NFP movement cannot ignore indefinitely the reality and blessings of eco-breastfeeding. The most encouraging signs are mothers who discover eco-breastfeeding and express their enthusiasm for this form of natural infertility in their blogs. We hope you enjoyed these NFP Awareness Week blogs.
To show the natural spacing benefits of eco-breastfeeding, go to the CNML’s blog.
(A 30% discount is now offered on all Kippley print books at lulu through August 7 in recognition of NFP week and World Breastfeeding Week. In addition, Sophia is offering a 25% discount on Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood through August 7. The code for this discount is “motherhood.” Ignatius Press is offering Sex and the Marriage Covenant for only $6.00 through August 31.))
July 25th, 2014
The purpose of this article has been only to present evidence that proper, ecological breastfeeding has a natural side effect of extended infertility. The woman who is willing to give of herself to her baby should know the ecological requirements. Those who breastfeed because it’s a cultural fad or who succumb to the erroneous information put out by many doctors (“start cereals and liquids at two weeks”), or who pick up the cultural practices such as the pacifier or the race to get the baby to sleep for twelve hours straight through—-well, these mothers are not going to experience the effects intended by nature simply because they are not following the natural plan.
We don’t think that a mother should breastfeed just to get the side effect of natural infertility. We believe she should be interested in doing what is really best for her baby—the best nutrition, the best and warmest pacification and emotional enrichment, and frequent togetherness. Then, because she is attending to her baby with some real attention to his needs instead of her own, she will almost always have a long time to spend with him before she could get pregnant with another. It seems to us that that’s the way God planned it.
(A 30% discount is now offered on all Kippley print books at lulu through August 7 in recognition of NFP week and World Breastfeeding Week. In addition, Sophia is offering a 25% discount on Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood through August 7. The code for this discount is “motherhood.” Ignatius Press is offering Sex and the Marriage Covenant for only $6.00 through August 31.)
John and Sheila Kippley
As previously noted, the daily blogs for this NFP Week were taken from an article dated December 31, 1971.
July 24th, 2014
Dr. Konald Prem while at the University of Minnesota Medical School noted that back in 1895 a researcher found that there was about a 6% chance of pregnancy while breastfeeding prior to menses return. Dr. Prem’s own research (1971) corroborates this. [Both of these research papers are available at the NFPI website.] Thus the evidence indicates that the mother who follows the ecologically natural mothering program of nursing her baby will have a 94-95% probability of remaining infertile prior to the return of menses. It is close to 100% during the first six months or “total breastfeeding” months when the “total mothering” program is followed.
A couple educated in sympto-thermal observation can likewise ascertain to a very large degree the approach of ovulation that occurs prior to the first menses period. More research and writing needs to be done on the transitional phase from breastfeeding to the sympto-thermal method within the context of natural conception regulation for the nursing mother. (First printed in 1971)
(A 30% discount is now offered on all Kippley print books at lulu through August 7 in recognition of NFP week and World Breastfeeding Week. In addition, Sophia is offering a 25% discount on Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood through August 7. The code for this discount is “motherhood.” Ignatius Press is offer Sex and the Marriage Covenant for only $6.00 through August 31.)
John and Sheila Kippley