Natural mothering and the 3 P’s: purchasing, patriarchy and privilege

Yesterday I wrote about the tendency of anti-vax mothers to view themselves as heroes. Though they view themselves as rebelling against “the system,” the truth is that they are merely ...

This is how anti-vax mothers imagine themselves

A new paper in Clinics in Mother and Child Health, Intensive Mothering and Vaccine Choice: Reclaiming the Lifeworld from the System, provides fascinating insight into how anti-vaccine mothers view themselves. ...

When breastfeeding isn’t working

Trust breasts? It’s not the motto of the lactivist movement, but it could be. If breastfeeding advocates are sure of anything, they’re sure that breasts are the one organ system ...

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Ignore lactivist Amy Brown when she tells you to ignore breastfeeding horror stories

Tobacco executives tried to convince people to ignore horror stories about lung ...

Did the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative change its definition of exclusive breastfeeding?

Yesterday I wrote about the new JAMA review of the World Health ...

JAMA review questions the safety and effectiveness of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

Last week I noted that the editor of premier breastfeeding journal declared ...

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Natural mothering and the 3 P’s: purchasing, patriarchy and privilege

Yesterday I wrote about the tendency of anti-vax mothers to view themselves as heroes. Though they view themselves as rebelling against “the system,” the truth is that they are merely submitting to a different system, characterized by deeply valued fantasies including the illusion of control of the health of their children and the radical uniqueness […]

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This is how anti-vax mothers imagine themselves

A new paper in Clinics in Mother and Child Health, Intensive Mothering and Vaccine Choice: Reclaiming the Lifeworld from the System, provides fascinating insight into how anti-vaccine mothers view themselves. What brings families to the decision to delay or refuse vaccination? What informs their choices? How do vaccination choices fit into broader trends in pregnancy, […]

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When breastfeeding isn’t working

Trust breasts? It’s not the motto of the lactivist movement, but it could be. If breastfeeding advocates are sure of anything, they’re sure that breasts are the one organ system in the body that never, ever fails. In their view, if breastfeeding isn’t working for you and your baby, there are myriad possible reasons, but […]

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Ignore lactivist Amy Brown when she tells you to ignore breastfeeding horror stories

Tobacco executives tried to convince people to ignore horror stories about lung cancer. Car company executives tried to convince people to ignore the horror stories about exploding Pintos. Pharmaceutical executives tried to convince people to ignore the horror stories about Vioxx. Now lactation professionals are trying to convince people to ignore breastfeeding horror stories. Try […]

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Did the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative change its definition of exclusive breastfeeding?

Yesterday I wrote about the new JAMA review of the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. I reported that although the review is couched in careful language, the conclusions are devastating: the BFHI ignores the scientific evidence, risks babies’ lives and isn’t even particularly effective. I noted that the review suggest that the BFHI […]

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JAMA review questions the safety and effectiveness of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

Last week I noted that the editor of premier breastfeeding journal declared that it is time for a critical review of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and its Ten Steps. The editor’s key point: What is needed in my opinion is not a rigid categorical defense of a magic (holy?) 10 but an intellectually rigid […]

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The baby died four years ago; homebirth midwife Christy Collins hasn’t stopped lying since

Earlier this week I wrote about the new GateHouse Media expose of homebirth midwifery, Failure to Deliver. It features many tragic stories about preventable infant death including the tale of homebirth midwife Christy Collins. After repeatedly ignoring Danielle Yeager’s serious pregnancy complications — more than 2 weeks past her due date and no amniotic fluid: […]

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The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a moral failure

I’ve argued repeatedly in the past that aggressive breastfeeding promotion in general and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in particular are scientific failures. They ignore the scientific evidence in favor of the personal beliefs of lactation professionals — exaggerating the benefits of breastfeeding, hiding the risks (dehydration, jaundice, brain injures and deaths) and demonizing pacifiers […]

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Editor of premier breastfeeding journal: time for critical review of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

It took 40 years from the time that Heliobacter pylori was identified as the cause of stomach ulcers for doctors to acknowledge it. That’s because the conventional wisdom was that acid caused stomach ulcers and the conventional wisdom was so deeply entrenched (entire careers had been staked upon it) and people with ulcers, denied effective […]

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Ginger Breedlove, CNM confirms that midwifery leaders don’t give a damn about dead babies

Is there medical professional more devoid of ethics, morality and simple human compassion than a midwife who ignores dead babies? I doubt it, but Ginger Breedlove, CNM, former president of the American College of Nurse Midwives, appears willing to ignore all three when her profits and those of other birth workers are at stake. Breedlove […]

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