Natural Family Planning International:

May 22nd, 2016

Do you know

that breastfeeding is the only variable that offers lifelong protection against breast cancer?

―that if every mother worldwide did predominant breastfeeding 823,000 lives of children under 5 would be saved each year?

―that the frequent nursing of “ecological breastfeeding” offers the best hope of a long-term milk supply?

Do you know that NFP International teaches ecological breastfeeding as a form of natural family planning?

that ecological breastfeeding provides, on the average, 14 to 15 months of natural infertility due to the absence of menstruation?

And what is ecological breastfeeding? Eco-breastfeeding is that form of nursing in which

1) the mother fulfills her baby’s needs for frequent suckling and her full-time presence and

2) in which the child’s frequent suckling postpones the return of the mother’s fertility.

Do you know that NFP International is the only American NFP organization that teaches all of the following?

1. Ecological breastfeeding as a form of natural family planning.

2. The covenant theology of human sexuality as an easy way to grasp the teaching of Humanae Vitae.

3. Systematic NFP with different answers for different situations.

4. The need for a sufficiently serious reason to use systematic NFP to postpone pregnancy.

5. The immorality of using masturbation and sodomy during the fertile time as a form of “NFP.”

Do you know that NFP International needs your help to grow as a corporal and spiritual work of mercy?

We believe that developing a culture of life requires a widespread rejection of marital contraception and conversion to God’s plan for life, love and family. That entails generosity in having children, acceptance of ecological breastfeeding, when possible, for spacing babies, and using chaste systematic NFP when more spacing is needed.

Please visit our website. We are working to make it the “go-to” site for 1) practical help with NFP including a downloadable manual for a small donation and free charts, 2) theological support for Humanae Vitae, 3) breastfeeding research, 4) a Home Study Course, and much, much more.

If you share this conviction, please help the NFPI apostolate. Please make your check to NFPI and send to:  NFP International, P. O. Box 861; Steubenville OH 43952 or go online to donate.

Thank you for reading this. Please pray for us and for the NFP International apostolate. Please donate; your gift will make a difference. NFPI is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization. Gifts are tax-deductible.

–John and Sheila Kippley

Natural Family Planning: The Truth Will Make You Free

May 15th, 2016

The truth will make you free. That familiar and profound statement comes from Jesus: “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” –John 8:32.

Jesus is the reason for this website and our kind of NFP. The single most important reason for learning how to practice natural family planning is that you want to do what is morally right. If you are Christian, you believe what Jesus said at the Last Supper, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6). In Chapter 1 of our user’s manual, Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach, we explain why we believe that Jesus is the ultimate author of the teaching that only the natural methods of conception regulation are morally right to use. Also important: NFP is NOT Catholic birth control.

There’s something more. We teach how to observe and evaluate all three common signs of fertility.  Knowing the truth about the various natural signs involved in fertility awareness will make you free to choose what seems best for you at this point in your life.  Only by knowing all these elements are you free to make an informed choice to use them singly or to use them together in a cross-checking way.

NFP International is unique in teaching ecological breastfeeding as a specific form of natural family planning. Almost everyone today says nice things about breastfeeding in general, but the only pattern of breastfeeding that truly spaces babies is the frequent nursing of ecological breastfeeding. The research has been done and the evidence is clear. When mothers do eco-breastfeeding, as a group they will experience breastfeeding infertility for an average of 14 to 15 months. Again, only by learning these things are you free to make a well informed choice.

You can teach yourself from the NFPI manual which you can purchase and/or download for a modest donation. You will find that its Q and A format makes for easy reading and actual use. Better yet, take the NFPI Home Study Course. In this course you will interact via email with a real person who will correct your three tests and point out any areas of weakness in your understanding and interpretations.  You will learn the material well and will be able to interpret two charts for a better understanding.  The course is not at all difficult, but still the common comment from students who take it is this: “I can’t believe how much I’ve learned!”  This course is very economical.

The truth will make you free. Learn more with the Home Study Course.

John and Sheila Kippley

Natural Family Planning: Ecological Breastfeeding and Bedsharing

May 8th, 2016

Probably the most controversial aspect of Ecological Breastfeeding are the Fourth and Fifth Standards involving sleeping with your baby.  I understand the fears because I had those fears until I lay down for a short nap with my baby one afternoon on top of the bed.  Three hours later I woke up.  My baby was still latched on; my fears vanished.  Then I understood better why mothers around the world have shared sleep with their babies.   There are many benefits for bedsharing.

Bedsharing supports good breastfeeding.

Bedsharing is extremely important for breastfeeding amenorrhea and thus natural child spacing.  Babies nurse frequently and longer during the night when near mother.  You can’t get this pattern of nighttime breastfeeding when baby is not present to the mother.

Mothers and fathers get more rest with bedsharing, and babies benefit from the skin-to-skin contact with either parent during the night.

Babies are more settled and cry less with bedsharing.

Bedsharing helps to regulate baby’s temperature and breathing.  Think of mother’s breathing being like a “pacemaker” for her baby’s breathing.

Mothers are well rested in the morning due to bedsharing.  Breastfeeding is one job a mother can do well in her sleep.  Nor does she or the father have to get up at all.  I thoroughly enjoyed this benefit of feeling rested in the morning as a nursing mother.

Dr. Abraham B. Bergman, the original SIDS researcher who made SIDS known to the American public and was the first president of the National SIDS Foundation, says baby bedsharing is not dangerous. (October 2014)

Breastfeeding protects against SIDS, and breastfeeding babies usually end up sleeping on their backs during the night.  Lest we forget, SIDS was formerly called “crib death.”

IMPORTANT:  For safety guidelines on bedsharing, see “links” at the NFPI website.

Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding