Can pumping increase inadequate breastmilk supply?

It’s an exquisitely calibrated feedback system of supply and demand. Regularly challenge the organ by removing the amount needed and the organ makes more. But what if the organ doesn’t ...

Birth is not a crucible

When it comes to controlling women, there are few better ways to encourage desired behavior than inducing shame. For most of recorded history, women were controlled into maintaining their virginity ...

Claiming that formula is dangerous is like claiming that abortion causes cancer

Opponents are clear about one thing; women don’t understand the risks. They aren’t giving informed consent because they aren’t fully informed. Sure, they may be counseled about the major risks, ...

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Mom shaming is the new slut shaming

It often seems that major appeal of natural parenting is shaming women ...

The moral rot at the heart of homebirth midwifery

Homebirth midwives have come up with a new way to bury babies ...

Telling a new mother to breastfeed AND pump is barbaric!

Warning! Warning! Warning! Personal opinion ahead! Every breastfeeding post I write leads ...

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Can pumping increase inadequate breastmilk supply?

It’s an exquisitely calibrated feedback system of supply and demand. Regularly challenge the organ by removing the amount needed and the organ makes more. But what if the organ doesn’t make enough? Will the amount produced increase if we challenge the organ more frequently? Think I’m talking about the breast and pumping? I’m not. I’m […]

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Birth is not a crucible

When it comes to controlling women, there are few better ways to encourage desired behavior than inducing shame. For most of recorded history, women were controlled into maintaining their virginity before marriage and sexual fidelity after marriage by surrounding women’s sexuality with intense shame. Women who had never been married were rendered unmarriageable by sexual […]

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Claiming that formula is dangerous is like claiming that abortion causes cancer

Opponents are clear about one thing; women don’t understand the risks. They aren’t giving informed consent because they aren’t fully informed. Sure, they may be counseled about the major risks, the ones that could kill you, but deaths are rare. The other complications are so much more common. If women only knew of the myriad […]

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Mom shaming is the new slut shaming

It often seems that major appeal of natural parenting is shaming women who do not comply. Mom shaming is the new slut shaming. Take the Fraser Health hospitals new breastfeeding contract. It exemplifies everything wrong with contemporary breastfeeding advocacy: it is demeaning, infantilizing, it tramples on a woman’s right to control her own body, and […]

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The moral rot at the heart of homebirth midwifery

Homebirth midwives have come up with a new way to bury babies twice, first in a coffin in the ground, and then by erasing their lives and deaths so that pregnant women will have no way to assess the dangers of homebirth. It’s hardly news that homebirth midwives (CPMs, LMs, and lay midwives) are dangerous. […]

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Telling a new mother to breastfeed AND pump is barbaric!

Warning! Warning! Warning! Personal opinion ahead! Every breastfeeding post I write leads to multiple comments about the physical and mental gymnastics some new mothers put themselves through in order to breastfeed. I hear about women who breastfeed every two hours PLUS use a SNS breastfeeding assist system PLUS pump their breasts afterward to further stimulate […]

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Breaking news: telling new mothers they are breastfeeding failures leads to depression

Is it really ground breaking news when a study shows that telling new mothers they are failures increases the risk of depression? Actually, it’s not, but considering the way that a new study on breastfeeding was reported, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was. The study is New Evidence on Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression: […]

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5 things the Ferguson police have in common with homebirth midwives

Whatever else you might say about the debacle in Ferguson, Missouri, one conclusion is inescapable: the Ferguson police and city government have given us the perfect case study for how NOT to conduct police work. In thinking about their mistakes, it struck me that the incompetent and inappropriate response of the Ferguson police, first to  […]

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Eating the placenta: stupid is as stupid does

Homebirth and natural childbirth advocates can’t make up their mind about the placenta. They all agree that human placenta has magical traits, but they can’t agree what those magical traits are: It resuscitates the baby! Really? If the baby is born distressed because the placenta couldn’t provide enough oxygen inside the mother’s body, why would […]

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Why placenta encapsulators are “bullsh!t”

This gem, Why Birth Centers Are Bullsh!t, is making the rounds among the homebirth crowd. Who is Doula Anonymous? I don’t know, but the person who appears to have been the first to publicize the post, and has publicized it across multiple platforms, was Katie DiBenedetto, a doula and placenta encapsulator who received her “training” […]

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