Ways to Promote Natural Family Planning

NFPI Brochures: Do you want to promote NFP at your parish or at a conference? Do you want a priest to know more about NFP or the kind of breastfeeding that spaces babies? What about encouraging a friend or a relative to give NFP a try? Go to http://www.nfpandmore.org/brochure.shtml and take your pick of several brochures.

The breastfeeding brochure promotes the benefits of breastfeeding for everyone in the family and mentions the two Popes who supported breastfeeding. This brochure is available In two versions. One shows a Caucasian mother; the other an African-American mother. Both brochures contain the same text.

The natural family planning brochure promotes all the NFP options including ecological breastfeeding and all in the context of Catholic teaching. The text is the same for both brochures, but one is available in black and white text and the other provides graphics. Our pastor felt the black and white text was easier to read, but many prefer the graphics. The brochure with the graphics should be printed on glossy paper.

Hopefully some pastors will allow such brochures to be placed in the back of their Church.

Brochures can be costly. We contacted several sources here and elsewhere. The cheapest price for the graphics brochure was 41 cents when we ordered 500. Also brochures cannot be mailed at book or media rate. These brochures are easily printed. You merely have to fold them and they are ready to be used.

Church Bulletin Announcements: One couple paid $125 for a church bulletin ad for the year and for the Church website. It basically said:

Natural Family Planning
Complete and Convenient
See www.NFPandmore.org
And click on Home Study Course

Another man wanted to do the same in his Church, but the cost was $1645 for an ad the size of a business card for the entire year on the back of a church bulletin. We do not want anyone to pay for such an expense. Instead place an announcement for the Home Study Course in a church bulletin announcement once every month or once every 3 or 6 months to encourage people to make use of the NFPI website or take the Home Study Course. Just use the text above.

Website Promotion: Anyone can join “Google Alert” for any article on “natural family planning” or “ecological breastfeeding.” When such articles arrive, you can post a comment referring readers to the NFPI website. There are Catholic forums and chat rooms where NFP is being discussed or where someone wants information on natural family planning. It only takes a few minutes to refer them to the NFPI website.

Catholic Mothers Nursing League: For those mothers interested in teaching, supporting and promoting ecological breastfeeding in your parish, contact this organization, Catholic Nursing Mothers League. This is an excellent way to support breastfeeding mothers and to teach natural child spacing. Information for conducting a meeting is provided and the organization has its own breastfeeding manual titled Getting Started with Breastfeeding for Catholic Mothers.

Sheila Kippley


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