Breastfeeding and the curious epidemic of “broken” baby tongues

Am I the only one to have noticed this irony? Lactivists insist that women are mammals and mammals are “designed” for breastfeeding. They insist that breastmilk is the perfect food; ...

The Milk Meg and lactivists’ desperate desire to hurt other mothers

Whaddya know? Meg Nagle, the self proclaimed Milk Meg, doesn’t “give a shit” that you feel judged, but she thinks it’s a very big deal when she is judged for ...

MilkMeg and lactivists’ crushing lack of self-esteem

The Alpha Parent, queen of lactivist viciousness, appears to have dropped off the map. But fortunately for me, a new queen of viciousness has crawled out from under a rock, ...

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Melissa Cheyney admits home VBAC has a horrific mortality rate

Surprise! Attempted vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) at home has a horrific ...

UK Birthplace Study tries to bury dead babies twice

I’ve long maintained that the authors of the UK Birthplace Study, the ...

We’re spending millions to promote breastfeeding; where’s the return on investment?

Public health initiatives, by definition, are meant to improve public health. They ...

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Breastfeeding and the curious epidemic of “broken” baby tongues

Am I the only one to have noticed this irony? Lactivists insist that women are mammals and mammals are “designed” for breastfeeding. They insist that breastmilk is the perfect food; in order for it to be the perfect food, it would have to be highly nutritious, always available in the amounts needed, and the baby […]

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The Milk Meg and lactivists’ desperate desire to hurt other mothers

Whaddya know? Meg Nagle, the self proclaimed Milk Meg, doesn’t “give a shit” that you feel judged, but she thinks it’s a very big deal when she is judged for her nastiness. In the wake of my blog post about lactivists’ cruelty and crushing lack of self-esteem, she removed her rant explaining why she couldn’t […]

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MilkMeg and lactivists’ crushing lack of self-esteem

The Alpha Parent, queen of lactivist viciousness, appears to have dropped off the map. But fortunately for me, a new queen of viciousness has crawled out from under a rock, The Milk Meg. Meg Nagle, the eponymous Milk Meg, describes herself thus: In between breastfeeding my youngest boy, chasing after my oldest two boys, blogging […]

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Melissa Cheyney admits home VBAC has a horrific mortality rate

Surprise! Attempted vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) at home has a horrific mortality rate. That’s what Melissa Cheyney, CPM and promoter of home VBAC was forced to acknowledge in a new paper in the Lamaze “journal” Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. The paper is Planned Home VBAC in the United States, 2004–2009: Outcomes, Maternity Care […]

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UK Birthplace Study tries to bury dead babies twice

I’ve long maintained that the authors of the UK Birthplace Study, the largest study of its kind, started with the conclusion and worked backward to find evidence to support it. The Birthplace Study began after the British government had declared that homebirth was safe and should be encouraged to save money. The study strained to […]

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We’re spending millions to promote breastfeeding; where’s the return on investment?

Public health initiatives, by definition, are meant to improve public health. They are usually based on solid scientific evidence, their implementation saves thousands if not millions of lives, and they pay for themselves many times over in lives saved, earnings preserved and medical expenditures averted. Consider the classic public health campaigns to promote vaccination and […]

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Introducing Jen Jones CPN, certified professional nuclear physicist

Hi, I’m Jen Jones, CPN, MA, PsD, a certified professional nuclear physicist (CPN). I know what you’re thinking: a real nuclear physicist needs a PhD (instead of a PsD), must have spent years at a super expensive school like MIT and has to work in a place like Los Alamos in New Mexico where they […]

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What has the natural childbirth industry done to reduce mortality rates? Absolutely nothing.

I’ve often written that the natural childbirth industry (midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, businesses like Lamaze, and lobbying organizations like the Childbirth Connection) is obsessed with process, in contrast to modern obstetrics, which focuses on outcomes. Simply put, how your baby is born is more important to the natural childbirth industry than whether your baby is […]

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Let’s review: Beware “Big Floss”

We survived almost all of human history without it. Yet in the last 100 years people have allowed themselves to be hoodwinked by a huge corporate conspiracy into believing that we “need” their products. They cite studies and claim we don’t understand science; they ignore ancient folk wisdom and have no respect for our intuition. […]

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The language of natural childbirth: English to English translation

The most important thing you need to know about the philosophy of natural childbirth is that it is a business. It is a multimillion dollar business that includes trade organizations, public relations people and government lobbyists. There’s nothing wrong with the fact that natural childbirth is a business. In a capitalist society like ours, when […]

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