The Needs of Natural Family Planning International

April 12th, 2015

The primary mission of NFP International is to promote and teach Natural Family Planning. This includes ecological breastfeeding, systematic NFP, marital chastity, and the call to generosity in having children and raising them in the ways of the Lord.

NFPI is unique in its teaching of Ecological Breastfeeding and the renewal-of-the-marriage covenant theology that is so easy to grasp.  NFPI is also unique as an effort of the New Evangelization, specifically addressing the question “Why should I believe what the Catholic Church teaches about birth control?”  NFPI may also be unique in transmitting Catholic moral teaching regarding love, marriage, and sexuality.  The importance of this is made clear when people tell us that they have engaged for years in immoral practices in the fertile time, saying they were never told about chaste abstinence in their natural family planning course.

So I beg for your help.  The biggest issue in the Church today and for the past 50 years has been sexual morality.  The widespread acceptance of unnatural forms of birth control has led to the acceptance of sodomy—both heterosexual and homosexual—and now to same-sex marriage.  Neither the Church nor the country can truly prosper without a renewal of marital chastity.

The Humanae Vitae apostolate is the most difficult in the Church.  It is the only one that is actively opposed by many in the Church.  It is also actively ignored, if I can use that phrase, even by some who hold leadership positions within the Church.  That’s why I and my fellow teachers so greatly appreciate your support.

We ask your prayers and sacrifices and financial support for the NFPI apostolate.   Please donate to NFP International so that we can continue serving the Church in this ministry.

Stephen Craig
Executive Director


Jesus is risen from the dead

April 5th, 2015

The first Glorious mystery
Jesus is risen from the dead

Our Christian faith is not a philosophy of ideas with which we happen to agree. Rather, true faith is based upon the person of Jesus Christ and upon his teaching, his death and his resurrection. So crucial is the resurrection that St. Paul wrote, “If Christ is not risen, your faith is in vain and you are still in your sins” (1 Cor 15:17).

The saving death and resurrection of the Lord are the foundations of our faith. They are also the reasons for our being faithful to our Savior in the everyday things of life.  We pray for an increase in faith and in daily fidelity to Jesus.

Our Father
1. After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulcher.
Hail Mary
2. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled back the stone and sat upon it.
Hail Mary
3. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing white as snow.
Hail Mary
4. For fear of him, the guards were terrified and became like dead men.
Hail Mary
5. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
Hail Mary
6. “He is not here; for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.
Hail Mary
7. “Go quickly and tell his disciples that He has risen from the dead. He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him.”
Hail Mary
8. They departed quickly from the tomb in fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.
Hail Mary
9. “I am the resurrection and the life.
Hail Mary
10. “He who believes in Me, even though he die, yet he shall live.”
Hail Mary
Glory be
________________________________________References: Matthew 28: 1-10; John 11:25

Taken from the Seven Day Bible Rosary by John Kippley

4. Breastfeeding Research, October-December 2014

March 29th, 2015

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of intestinal disorders for babies.  Infants, especially those born prematurely, are at increased risk for a potentially lethal gastrointestinal disease called necrotizing enterocolitis, also known as NEC. The researchers found that a protein called neuregulin-4 (NRG4) can help reduce this risk. However, this protein can be found only in breast milk and not in formula milk. According to statistics, more than 13 percent of babies with NEC die from the disease, and even survivors can face lifelong consequences that may include removal of part of their intestine and dependence upon intravenous nutrition. (The American Journal of Pathology, October 2014, pp. 2768-2778)

Breastfeeding beyond two months helps babies reduce the risk of obesity.  Those children at higher risk for rising weight gain should breastfeed for a longer duration.  Researcher Stacy Carling said: “Breastfeeding, especially on demand (versus on a schedule), allows an infant to feed when he/she is hungry, thereby fostering an early development of appetite control. When a baby breastfeeds, she can control how much milk she gets and how often, naturally responding to internal signals of hunger and satiation. (“Breastfeeding Duration and Weight Gain Trajectory in Infancy,” Pediatrics, December 2014)

Nine policies have been passed in Pakistan from 2007 to 2012 to favor breastfeeding but these programs have had no impact.  Only about one-third of the babies are breastfed exclusively for the first six months, the worst rate among South Asian countries.  On average, 25 to 30 mothers take their babies to the public hospitals daily due to acute diarrhea.  As the researcher said, “Mothers should exclusively breastfeed their babies at least during the first six months and avoid formula milk which is the root cause of many diseases including diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections among children.”  Mothers need to learn the importance of breastfeeding.  In Pakistan there is a high infant mortality rate owing to low breastfeeding and high bottle feeding rate. “According to experts, human milk is important for nourishment, survival and growth of infants. Breastfeeding in the first six months of life stimulates babies’ immune systems and protects them from diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections, the two major causes of infant mortality, and improves their responses to vaccination. Only one-third of all infants in developing countries are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life.”  (“Breastfeeding: As bottle feeding trend rises, so does infant mortality,” The Express Tribune and International New York Times, December 1, 2014)
Sheila:  Everyone doing ministry work in other countries should be strong promoters for breastfeeding if they want to save lives.

Breastfeeding problems were linked to an injection after birth.  The study included 288 mothers who were given an injection, ergotmetrine, to speed up the delivery of the placenta.  Those mothers who were given the injections were prone to more breastfeeding problems and were less likely to be breastfeeding past two weeks. (Breastfeeding Medicine, December 2014, Vol. 9, No. 10, 494-502)

An analysis of more than 36,000 women in 4 continents found that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer by up to 20%.  Breastfeeding mothers are “about 12% less likely to develop breast cancer” and “the protective benefit could be even higher.” (San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 11, 2014)

A study found that 50% of babies who have tongue-tie will not experience any problem.  “Frenulotomy in the newborn is a low-rish procedure performed without anaesthetic” and should be done only by those trained to do so.  The procedure should only be done for the comfort and continuation of breastfeeding.  (“Tongue-tie and frenolotomy in infants with breastfeeding difficulties: achieving a balance,” Archives of Disease in Childhood, doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-306211)

Exclusive breastfeeding was compared with other forms of infant feeding in children from single births (502,948 singletons) during the years 1997 to 2013 in Scotland.  Those infants who were formula-fed or mixed-fed had more hospitalizations for common childhood illnesses compared with infants exclusively breastfed for 6-8 weeks of age. These childhood illnesses included gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary tract infections, otitis media, fever, asthma, diabetes, and dental caries. The researchers said in an interview:  “Our findings were consistent with other studies and showed a greater risk of hospital admission amongst infants who were not breastfed particularly within six months of birth… At least one in five hospitalizations for gastrointestinal and lower respiratory tract infections within six months of birth may have been averted (all other factors remaining constant) had all children in the cohort been exclusively breastfed 6 to 8 weeks after birth. The association was also evident beyond six months of birth.” (“Breastfeeding is Associated with Reduced Childhood Hospitalization,” The Journal of Pediatrics, online Dec. 30, 2014)

For 1 million babies every year, their day of birth is also their day of death, accounting for more than a third of neonatal deaths. Evidence shows that when mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth, the baby’s risk of neonatal death is reduced by 44 per cent.   Globally, fewer than half of newborns are put to the breast immediately after birth, and even lower proportions are exclusively breastfed during their first six months of life.  Close to 2 million newborns die in the first week of life.  Children born shortly after another sibling are also at greater risk of dying than those born after longer intervals between births….Another important determinant of newborn survival is birth spacing. Children born less than two years after their closest older sibling are nearly twice as likely to die during the first month of life as those born two or three years later.  (“Child Survival” UNICEF, NY, September 2014)
Sheila:  We would save a lot of babies by promoting and teaching ecological breastfeeding.  Mothers would breastfeed immediately, do exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, and would experience the natural spacing of two to three years between babies which God provides for both mother and baby.  It is part of God’s plan, but is often ignored by the medical profession and those involved in church ministry.

John Kippley’s blog addresses the issue of Catholic school contracts.

Sheila Kippley
Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding: The Frequency Factor
Breastfeeding and Catholic Motherhood