Combative mothering: natural mothering normalizes constant competition among mothers

Divide and conquer! What better way to subjugate women than to have them fight with each other about who is the better mother? Not only will it keep them too ...

Breastfeeding advocate Maureen Minchin forfeits debate by refusing impartial rules

On Friday I wrote about breastfeeding advocate Maureen Minchin’s increasing desperation to have her cake and eat it, too. On the one hand, she is trying to get out of ...

Lactation professional Maureen Minchin sets a new standard for immaturity

Maureen Minchin agreed to debate me and now she’s trying to get out of it. Of course, I expected that she would back out; I just didn’t expect that she ...

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Mother awarded $11 million after she was denied a requested C-section and suffered incontinence

Many juries have awarded large judgments for babies harmed by failure to ...

Glasses and the absurdity of promoting the biological norm in birth or breastfeeding

Vision is arguably the most important of our 5 senses. It allows ...

Breastfeeding and conflicts of interest

Financial conflicts of interest loom large in our evaluation of research and ...

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Combative mothering: natural mothering normalizes constant competition among mothers

Divide and conquer! What better way to subjugate women than to have them fight with each other about who is the better mother? Not only will it keep them too preoccupied to challenge misogyny, it is self-perpetuating. Shame one woman and she might temporarily be unable to fight back; teach women to shame each other […]

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Breastfeeding advocate Maureen Minchin forfeits debate by refusing impartial rules

On Friday I wrote about breastfeeding advocate Maureen Minchin’s increasing desperation to have her cake and eat it, too. On the one hand, she is trying to get out of a debate with me that agreed to months ago; on the other hands she doesn’t want her followers to know that she is running scared. […]

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Lactation professional Maureen Minchin sets a new standard for immaturity

Maureen Minchin agreed to debate me and now she’s trying to get out of it. Of course, I expected that she would back out; I just didn’t expect that she would lie to her followers about it. Who is Minchin? She’s a lactation professional (with no training in science or medicine) who has a self-published […]

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Mother awarded $11 million after she was denied a requested C-section and suffered incontinence

Many juries have awarded large judgments for babies harmed by failure to perform a necessary C-section. This is the first case I’ve heard about where the large judgment was awarded for failure to perform a requested C-section and the mother suffered the injury. According to The Intelligencer: A Bucks County jury has awarded a mother […]

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Glasses and the absurdity of promoting the biological norm in birth or breastfeeding

Vision is arguably the most important of our 5 senses. It allows us to see a grain of salt, a mountain in the distance and everything in between. It is the key to game hunting, to precision manufacturing, to hitting a home run. It is 100% natural. All human beings are “designed” to see. Curiously, […]

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Breastfeeding and conflicts of interest

Financial conflicts of interest loom large in our evaluation of research and they should. But financial conflicts of interest are not limited to the impact of big corporations. It is easy to understand how formula companies might represent a major conflict of interest in research about the benefits of breastfeeding; no one has any trouble […]

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Dr. Amy’s feminist mothering affirmations

Natural mothering advocates employ affirmations as a form of magical thinking. They appear to believe that if they just wish hard enough, they can affect the likelihood of the unmedicated vaginal birth that they are supposed to want or the success of the breastfeeding relationship they’re supposed to desire. That’s nonsense, of course. But such […]

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Does breastfeeding increase IQ or do breastfeeding complications decrease it?

There’s a new paper on breastfeeding and IQ. Is breast feeding associated with offspring IQ at age 5? Findings from prospective cohort: Lifestyle During Pregnancy Study yielded surprising results: In multivariable linear regression analyses adjusted for potential confounders breast feeding was associated with child IQ at 5 years (categorical χ2 test for overall association p=0.03). […]

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Homebirth midwife Lisa Barrett found not guilty, but hardly exonerated.

Deregistered Australian midwife Lisa Barrett was found not guilty in two homebirth deaths. A former South Australian midwife charged over the deaths of two babies during home births has been found not guilty of two counts of manslaughter. In the first case of its kind in Australia, Lisa Barrett, 52, pleaded not guilty over the […]

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Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD and colleagues owe women a profound apology for misogyny

Prof. Rafael Perez-Escamilla and his colleagues at the Yale School of Public Health have joined the cadre of medical misogynists by adding breastfeeding to a long list of medical issues where women’s self reports and suffering are dismissed out of hand. Even I, a deeply cynical person, am stunned by the viciousness of their claim. […]

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