This baby died because of lactivist “fake news”

The Fed Is Best Foundation recently published the tragic story of a baby who died because of the lactivist lie that insufficient breastmilk is rare. Bereaved mother Jillian Johnson generously ...

Dutch homebirth rate continues to plummet; now only 13%

Homebirth advocates in the US, the UK, Canada and elsewhere have long considered the Netherlands to be a paradise of homebirth midwifery. They haven’t been paying attention; Dutch perinatal death ...

Kellyanne Conway, I’m a feminist and you are too!

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning, Kellyanne Conway declared that she is not a classic feminist: It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a ...

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Scottish MP Alison Thewlis, the Marie Antoinette of lactivism

No child in an industrialized country should suffer from hunger. Period. It ...

Yiannopoulos, Trump and toxic masculinity

In the past day Milo Yiannopoulos has had a speaking invitation to ...

Childbirth, privilege and narcissism

Nothing screams privilege like patting yourself on the back for refusing the ...

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This baby died because of lactivist “fake news”

The Fed Is Best Foundation recently published the tragic story of a baby who died because of the lactivist lie that insufficient breastmilk is rare. Bereaved mother Jillian Johnson generously shared the story of her son Landon in order to prevent anyone suffering the heartbreak that she has suffered. In his second day of life, […]

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Dutch homebirth rate continues to plummet; now only 13%

Homebirth advocates in the US, the UK, Canada and elsewhere have long considered the Netherlands to be a paradise of homebirth midwifery. They haven’t been paying attention; Dutch perinatal death rates were found to be among the highest in Western Europe and Dutch mothers have been abandoning homebirth in droves. When I started Homebirth Debate, […]

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Kellyanne Conway, I’m a feminist and you are too!

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning, Kellyanne Conway declared that she is not a classic feminist: It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, and I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion,” Conway said during a […]

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Scottish MP Alison Thewlis, the Marie Antoinette of lactivism

No child in an industrialized country should suffer from hunger. Period. It is a scandal that millions of children suffer hunger nonetheless. That’s what makes the self-aggrandizing hypocrisy of lactivists like Scottish Member of Parliament Alison Thewlis both ugly and deadly. Thewlis represents Scotland, a country with a high level of poverty, under- and un-employment […]

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Yiannopoulos, Trump and toxic masculinity

In the past day Milo Yiannopoulos has had a speaking invitation to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) withdrawn, had a book contract cancelled and resigned from Breitbart, the media outlet that boosted him to fame. Why now when Yiannopoulos has long been a racist, misogynist bully and provocateur? It happened because Yiannopoulos was found […]

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Childbirth, privilege and narcissism

Nothing screams privilege like patting yourself on the back for refusing the childbirth interventions that an impoverished woman would walk 5 miles through the jungle to get for her child. Nothing says narcissism like imagining that the internet should be impressed with you because you did something that poor women in developing nations do each […]

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In their willingness to embrace fake news, alternative health advocates are no better than Trump supporters

One of the most bewildering, depressing things about Trump supporters is their willingness to embrace complete lies offered to them as fake news. As The Washington Post notes, despite a disasterous first month of the presidency, filled with huge blunders, outrageous lies, and feuds of his own making, Trump supporters think he is doing a […]

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An open letter to Lucy Martinez Sullivan, Executive Director of 1000 Days

Dear Ms. Martinez Sullivan, Have you lost your mind? What are you doing posting a picture of a dead baby on the Facebook page of the Fed Is Best Foundation? You’re not a random lactivist. I see from your bio that you are the Executive Director of children’s nutrition organization 1000 Days: We believe that […]

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Why safe health choices are viewed as dangerous and dangerous health choices are viewed as safe

What’s the difference between risk assessment and risk perception? This: How extraordinary! The richest, longest-lived, best-protected, most resourceful civilization, with the highest degree of insight into its own technology, is on its way to becoming one of the most frightened. As political scientist Aaron Wildavsky notes, Americans are frightened of health risks. There’s just one […]

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The lactivist lie that causes so many babies to suffer

Lactation consultants and organizations tell new mothers that the average size of a newborn baby’s stomach is only a teaspoon (5 cc). That’s supposed to ease their minds when their newborns are screaming in hunger and they can tell that they are producing very little colostrum or milk. There’s just one problem. It’s not true. […]

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