October 4th, 2015
John wrote the following to a priest who inquired about NFP International:
Our pastor got us back into teaching NFP because he wanted his engaged couples to have what we have to offer. Our manual, Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach, teaches what is clearly the most complete approach. It gives legitimate freedom of choice to couples and can be accessed all over the States and anywhere in the world that has access to the internet.
We are the only organization in America that promotes and teaches Ecological Breastfeeding according to the Seven Standards. Others may mention breastfeeding, but their talk about continued breastfeeding is essentially the same as the “total breastfeeding” that was taught to my wife in the early Sixties. When the mothers in her La Leche League group compared notes and noticed that one mom would have her first period at three months (as did my wife Sheila with our first baby) and another had over a year of breastfeeding amenorrhea (no periods), Sheila began to research the matter. Why do women in “undeveloped” non-contracepting cultures enjoy two, three, and sometimes four years between babies just from breastfeeding? The answer is contained in the closeness of mother and baby and the frequency of nursing episodes. That’s why Sheila has written several books on the subject and why we include this information in our NFP course. The rest of the NFP movement by and large talks about evidence-based NFP but refuses to acknowledge this evidence-based reality.
We may also be only NFP organization that systematically transmits Catholic teaching on sexual morality including chaste abstinence during the fertile time. When couples who learned NFP elsewhere tell us that they practiced various sexual immoralities during the fertile time for years and say they were never taught about chaste abstinence, we acknowledge the need to transmit this teaching.
We support Humanae Vitae with a renewal-of-the-marriage-covenant theology that has roots in the Letter to Families by St. John Paul II and is much easier to grasp than his work in the TOB.
You would do your readers a favor by listing our website as a resource on your website. I encourage you to visit and spend some time reviewing the blogs as well as all the material we have in NFP and Spiritual resources. The NFPI Home Study Course continues to get rave reviews from users, and we ask for a donation of only $70, about half of what some others charge.
In His service,
John F. Kippley
September 27th, 2015
Why Does the Church Ignore This Wonderful Option? Breastfeeding is God’s plan for spacing babies!
The following post was written by Gina Peterson, the President of Catholic Mothers Nursing League (CNML). She also authored Getting Started With Breastfeeding for Catholic Mothers. For more information on CNML, see below.
Gina: “Ecologically breastfeeding has definitely been a blessing in my life! If I hadn’t gone along with my children’s need to nurse as long as they wanted and hadn’t gone along with my the natural infertility that resulted from it, I would not have had 16+ years of wonderful breastfeeding memories! Also, the spacing from ecological breastfeeding has afforded me more precious years of having children in my house. When I am all done with raising each of my children from birth to age 18, I will have been a parent for 31 years. Although some days are very challenging and frustrating, overall I enjoy having my children at home with me. Another blessing is the close relationship I now have with my children partially due to the mother I have become following the ecological breastfeeding philosophy. That is something that will last for many years, long after my youngest has weaned. It has helped me learn to be more responsive to each child’s individual needs as he or she grows older. Last but not least, I haven’t needed to bother with NFP charting for many years and had only a tenth of the cycles a typical woman has during a 16 year span.”
If any mother is interested in teaching and promoting ecological breastfeeding in their parish, please contact Gina at the CNML website. In addition, you will have the opportunity to support all breastfeeding mothers in your parish. By teaching the importance of exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life, you will have healthier mothers and babies in your parish or community.
September 20th, 2015
We believe that every woman and man, Catholic or whatever, should learn about Ecological Breastfeeding both for the health benefits of breastfeeding and the natural baby-spacing effects when mothers practice the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding. To any theist it just about screams, “Look how wonderfully God has made the mother-baby relationship! The mother’s milk not only provides the best nutrition but her gut actually functions as the baby’s immune system. Further, the baby’s frequent suckling not only maintains the milk supply but also inhibits the return of fertility— giving us God’s own plan for spacing babies.” Again, this knowledge is so basic that it seems to us that every person has a God-given right to know it.
John and Sheila Kippley
The Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding