Archive for May, 2020

Natural Family Planning: The Home Study Course Comments by Couples

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

I have gained a significant amount of knowledge through taking this course. I am agnostic, so I learned a good amount about Catholicism and the beliefs towards sex and children. Furthermore, I have not learned anything regarding menstruation/cycles since my middle school sexual education days, so this was great. Especially new to me were all of the methods to tell exactly what part of the cycle a woman is in. I think I will be able to help Laura with her fertility and her nursing!

This course was very in depth, informative, and thoroughly explained with great constructive feedback for each section.  We had a basic understanding of how the cycle worked; however, we were not aware that it was this easily quantifiable and predictable.

We benefited from taking this course—both in NFP practices and the different forms of breastfeeding.

I learned a lot and feel more prepared for the future.  We both gained more knowledge and feel more educated on Natural Family Planning. We will continue to chart and plan for our children while praying for guidance.

There is a large amount of information to benefit our relationship with each other centered on God. We look forward to utilizing this course in our marriage.

I will sincerely recommend this course to my friends that are due to wed! I think its helpful information to anyone even if they are not Catholic or if they are male! I think it is important to know the natural signs the body gives to indicate periods of fertility and infertility, rather than forcing it to be a certain way via the pill or other unnatural methods. I had no idea there were all of these signs that can be used! I also liked how this book not only talks natural ways of avoiding pregnancy, but also how to naturally increase chances of a successful pregnancy. These will probably come in handy down the road 🙂 Also I do like how this book gives a background into the Catholic teachings and morality regarding different aspects of sex and having children. I think the belief system aligns with what I feel internally is virtuous and brings positive energy into the world.

Sheila Kippley
Home Study Course

Natural Family Planning and Ecological Breastfeeding

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Ecological Breastfeeding is a pattern of breastfeeding based on seven maternal behaviors that keep mother and baby together and allow frequent suckling. We call them the Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding.  Exclusive Breastfeeding is the first of these seven standards, but it lasts for only six months or so.  The other Standards such as “Don’t use pacifiers”, “Don’t use bottles”, and “Take your baby with you” are counter-cultural, but mothers who do Ecological Breastfeeding love it.  Their baby will have reduced risks of contracting at least 20 nasty diseases, and mothers will also experience reduced risks of contracting breast cancer and at least seven other diseases.  No pharmaceutical product or behavioral process can come close to these benefits.  Parents experience the joy that comes from doing what they know is best for their baby, and they also appreciate not having to buy any formula, probably saving about $2,000 with each baby.

Mothers also love not having a first period until 14 to 15 months postpartum.  (That’s an average with both shorter and longer durations of not having periods).  Visit the NFPI website——and you will see several books on this subject.  Just recently (mid-January) we received a gracious letter from a mother who delivered a baby 27 months after her first baby, the spacing due solely to Ecological Breastfeeding.  For research, see

John and Sheila Kippley

Crohn’s is a PreventableDisease

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Recent research makes it evident that Crohn’s Disease is a preventable disease. The great news is this: prevention doesn’t require costly drugs, just breastfeeding.

“In third world countries where breast feeding is an economic necessity, Crohn’s disease is literally undocumented until the imposition of a western diet. Taken in totality, the data in evidence makes the case that Crohn’s disease is a preventable disease entity.”1

The longer an infant was breastfed — especially 12 months or more — the greater the decrease that was seen in disease risk, a decline observed by comparing [the] disease in people reporting long-duration feeding to those breastfed for three or six months.”2

Thus, early life environmental influences may offer the greatest potential to alter susceptibility to CD risk ….”3

“[T]he events that combine to produce Crohn’s disease and the “medical truth” that breastfeeding confers relative protection against the future development of Crohn’s disease have created an ethical imperative: pregnant women [should] be given the information that allows her to make a fully informed decision as to how her newborn will receive milk-based nutrition within the first four weeks of life.”4

An ethical imperative.”  Very strong words for a medical journal.

It grabs me.  I hope it grabs you too.  Note the value of breastfeeding for 12 months or more.  NFP International is the only NFP organization in the States that promotes and teaches Ecological Breastfeeding, the only breastfeeding pattern that regularly provides breast milk for 12 months and more.  Thus your help to NFPI will make a difference that will be huge in the lives of some children and their parents.  I encourage you to make a donation to NFP International.  Sorry to beg but we need it.  Please help.

John F. Kippley

  1. The Prevention of Crohn’s Disease by Breastfeeding”, Gilles RM. Adv Res Gastroentero Hepatol Dec 15 2017.
  2. “Systematic review with meta-analysis: breastfeeding and the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,” Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeuutics, curated by Jenny Blair MD, Sept13 2017.
  3. Lindoso L, Am J Gastroenterol 2018 Oct 4
  4. Gilles, ibid.