Lactation consultants care about breastfeeding; pediatricians care about babies.

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a lactation consultant (LC), every problem looks like it can be solved by breastfeeding harder. And just as hammering a screw ...

Guest post: Here’s what happens AFTER the shoulder dystocia

Natural childbirth advocates often imply that shoulder dystocia is not big deal when successfully resolved. But the consequences of shoulder dystocia don’t end when the baby is born safely. Rachel ...

Is midwifery/breastfeeding research real scientific research?

There’s a critical difference between midwifery/breastfeeding research on the one hand and real scientific research on the other. Indeed, midwifery/breastfeeding research has more in common with Big Pharma research than ...

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False dichotomy: the favorite logical fallacy of the natural childbirth and breastfeeding industries

Natural childbirth advocates and lactivists don’t do nuance. For them, everything is ...

A fine natural childbirth whine: don’t listen to Dr. Amy!

If you can, head over to Medscape to read the comments on ...

If we ban formula advertisements surely we should ban homebirth advertisements, right?

Lactivists don’t trust women to make their own decisions about infant feeding ...

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Lactation consultants care about breastfeeding; pediatricians care about babies.

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a lactation consultant (LC), every problem looks like it can be solved by breastfeeding harder. And just as hammering a screw harder will make things worse, breastfeeding harder in the face of infant weight loss may make things much worse. In the first situation you could […]

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Guest post: Here’s what happens AFTER the shoulder dystocia

Natural childbirth advocates often imply that shoulder dystocia is not big deal when successfully resolved. But the consequences of shoulder dystocia don’t end when the baby is born safely. Rachel Acosta and her son have been living with the consequences of his shoulder dsytocia: a brachial plexus nerve injury leading to a partially paralyzed arm […]

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Is midwifery/breastfeeding research real scientific research?

There’s a critical difference between midwifery/breastfeeding research on the one hand and real scientific research on the other. Indeed, midwifery/breastfeeding research has more in common with Big Pharma research than it does with actual science. What’s the difference? Scientific research seeks to learn, specifically to learn how the human body works and how to maximize […]

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False dichotomy: the favorite logical fallacy of the natural childbirth and breastfeeding industries

Natural childbirth advocates and lactivists don’t do nuance. For them, everything is black or white. You’re either with them or against them. Consider the response of The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine to my comments on their recent piece It’s time to disarm the formula industry. The piece itself is a classic example of rallying the […]

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A fine natural childbirth whine: don’t listen to Dr. Amy!

If you can, head over to Medscape to read the comments on an interview with me, OB/Gyn Wants Women to Stop Feeling Guilty About Birthing Process. How evil of me! Natural childbirth advocates are appalled and fall back on a rather nonsensical whine, the same whine I see whenever I appear in a major media […]

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If we ban formula advertisements surely we should ban homebirth advertisements, right?

Lactivists don’t trust women to make their own decisions about infant feeding choices. Hence they have come up with a never ending series of coercive and shaming tactics promote breastfeeding over formula. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiatve insists that women must be “educated” about the benefits of breastfeeding, deprived of access to formula, forced to […]

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When it comes to breastfeeding, The Lancet infantilizes mothers

I just finished reading The Lancet’s new editorial on breastfeeding with its recommendation to ban all formula advertising. I have some advice for the editors: Stop infantilizing women and mind your own business! The piece, No ifs, no buts, no follow-on milk, is a masterpiece of elitist nonsense. …[T]he International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk […]

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Obsessing about the C-section rate is not thinking outside the box; it is the box.

In a recent piece on HuffPo, Dr. Neel Shah bemoans The Massive Marketing Failure of Motherhood. He writes: While over $500 billion is spent annually on healthcare during the last nine months of life, less than $50 billion is spent on the arguably higher leverage first nine months of life. Might that be because people […]

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Feminist mothering affirmations

Natural childbirth advocates employ birth affirmations as a form of magical thinking. They appear to believe that if they just wish hard enough, they can affect the likelihood of the unmedicated vaginal birth that they are supposed to want. That’s nonsense, of course. But birth affirmations are also anti-feminist. They are anti-feminist because they assume […]

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Is homebirth the new anti-vax?

Imagine if I said the following: The proportion of parents refusing vaccines has steadily increased over the past decades. Let’s stop debating whether refusing vaccines is safe and instead engage in examination of the factors that may make vaccine refusal safer. I’d be roundly and appropriately condemned by pediatricians, immunologists and public health officials even […]

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