Hilarious! You cannot make this stuff up! If it’s possible for a person to have so little insight into her own actions that it can be measured in negative increments, ...
Hilarious! You cannot make this stuff up! If it’s possible for a person to have so little insight into her own actions that it can be measured in negative increments, Katie Tietje, Modern Alternative Mama, shows how it’s done. I can’t parody Tietje; she is a parody. I’ll let her flay herself with her own […]
Special interest groups are often tempted to muzzle healthcare providers and many do. What’s the difference between Catholic hospitals muzzling healthcare providers who want to talk about birth control, the gun lobby muzzling healthcare providers who want to talk about gun safety, and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative muzzling healthcare providers who want to talk […]
What’s the difference between a hospital that won’t inform women about formula feeding and a hospital that won’t inform women about contraception?
Lactivists believe women don’t understand the risks of formula feeding or the benefits of breastfeeding. New mothers aren’t making informed choices about infant feeding because they aren’t fully informed. If women only knew of the myriad risks of formula, they’d never choose it. Lactivists are certain that offering information about formula feeding is tantamount to […]
Many are rightfully upset with the CDC’s heavy handed alcohol recommendations for women of childbearing age. But as big a problem as the obvious sexism in the recommendations is — women (but not men) must not drink alcohol in order to avoid unintended pregnancy, women (but not men) must be using contraception before they take […]
I’m deeply disappointed to learn that the hospitals in my state, Massachusetts, are closing their newborn nurseries. It reflects short sighted capitulation to lactivists, and doesn’t accomplish its stated aim. Most importantly, it’s unethical. As the Boston Globe explained: The shift is part of a national movement designed to promote breastfeeding, bonding, and parenting skills by […]
The shaming of mothers who don’t breastfeed has got to stop. Maybe, it’s time to shame the shamers. I hereby solicit nominations for a new set of awards, the Golden Boob Awards! I’m envisioning awards in several categories: Most outrageous breastfeeding “fact” (amateur) Most outrageous breastfeeding “fact” (professional) Most vicious attempt at shaming (amateur) Most […]
“Trust your intuition, Mama!” It’s the all purpose battle cry of the natural parenting industries. Want to have a homebirth even though ACOG says it increases the risk of perinatal death? Trust your intuition, Mama! You’re safest where you feel safest! Want to give birth underwater even though the American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s […]
Well, that didn’t take long, did it? The potential association between a Zika virus outbreak in Brazil and a startling increase in the serious birth defect microcephaly had barely reached public consciousness and anti-vaxxers were spinning a startling new conspiracy theory: the rising incidence of microcephaly in Brazil is caused, not by Zika virus infection, […]
Australia’s Parliament recently voted to allow female representatives to breastfeed in the chamber. Lactivists are hailing it as a victory. It’s not; it is, paradoxically, a defeat. Why? It undercuts the professionalism of women and it is a poor exchange for what they really need: generous maternity leave. Women have struggled for decades to be taken […]
When it comes to discrediting lactivism I get lots of help from an unlikely source, lactivists themselves. For sheer viciousness, it’s hard to top Kathy Dettwyler, Associate Professor, Supplemental Faculty, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Delaware, Newark, who is known for her cultural work on extended breastfeeding and weaning. You may remember the nasty comment […]