Lactivist gaslighting in the wake of a suicide due to breastfeeding pressure

Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine I told you a story about a 16 year old girl who committed suicide because she was bullied for being overweight. She felt herself ...

Killing kids with quackery

Homebirth kills babies; pressure to exclusively breastfeed injures and kills babies and mothers; anti-vaccine advocacy kills children of all ages. All three are part of the larger societal trend of ...

New mother commits suicide over breastfeeding pressure

The suicide of a young mother is an unspeakable tragedy: Thirty-two-year-old Florence Leung went missing without an explanation in late October, causing New Westminster police to launch a massive search. ...

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Breastfeeding advocacy is not about convincing women to breastfeed? Tell me another one.

Yesterday I came across a remarkable claim. Pediatrician and breastfeeding advocate Dr. ...

Of peanuts, breastmilk and faulty medical recommendations

                What do peanuts, the ...

Bashing breastfeeding?

If you’ve been on The Skeptical OB Facebook page this week you’ve ...

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Lactivist gaslighting in the wake of a suicide due to breastfeeding pressure

Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine I told you a story about a 16 year old girl who committed suicide because she was bullied for being overweight. She felt herself to be surrounded by messages that women who aren’t thin are worthless. She was surrounded by peers who claimed she was ugly and worthless. Everyone […]

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Killing kids with quackery

Homebirth kills babies; pressure to exclusively breastfeed injures and kills babies and mothers; anti-vaccine advocacy kills children of all ages. All three are part of the larger societal trend of killing kids with quackery. Of course no parent intends to maim or kill her child by embracing quackery; in general “natural” parents are busily preening […]

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New mother commits suicide over breastfeeding pressure

The suicide of a young mother is an unspeakable tragedy: Thirty-two-year-old Florence Leung went missing without an explanation in late October, causing New Westminster police to launch a massive search. It was revealed she was suffering from postpartum depression and her family was concerned about her well-being. On Nov. 16, Leung’s body was found in […]

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Breastfeeding advocacy is not about convincing women to breastfeed? Tell me another one.

Yesterday I came across a remarkable claim. Pediatrician and breastfeeding advocate Dr. Daniel Flanders wrote this on Twitter. Breastfeeding advocacy is not about convincing moms to breastfeed; it is about enabling and supporting their success if they choose to. Really? Really??!! On what planet is breastfeeding not about convincing moms to breastfeed? Surely not this […]

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Of peanuts, breastmilk and faulty medical recommendations

                What do peanuts, the cause of deadly allergies, and breastmilk, the purported “elixir of life,” have in common? Both have been the subject of medical recommendations that are wrong, based on weak science, implemented without adequate studies, involving failure to consider risks as well as benefits. Peanuts […]

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Bashing breastfeeding?

If you’ve been on The Skeptical OB Facebook page this week you’ve probably noticed a seemingly never ending parade of lactivists dropping in to rail at me. What have I done this time? I’ve dared to insist that #fedisbest. In response I’ve been repeatedly accused of “bashing” breastfeeding. Why? Apparently because I’ve dare to tell […]

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Milk Meg and the marsupialization of mothers

Maybe it’s because she lives in Australia, but Meg Nagle, the Milk Meg, appears to believe that mothers are marsupials. Human beings, like nearly all mammal species, are placentals. We have relatively long pregnancies during which we nourish our young through the placenta. The placenta is a complex organ that allows for indirect communication between […]

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WWJI: Who would Jesus insure?

I first asked this question in 2009 during the months in which Congress debated the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare). I was struggling with the irony of religious conservatives, who have a sordid history of trying to force religion into medicine, rejecting the effort to provide health insurance for all Americans. I […]

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The “live” breastmilk hoax

The lactivist blogosphere is buzzing with news of micro photographs and videos that purported demonstrate that breastmilk is alive. They were originally posted by Jansen Howard on her Facebook page. You guys… this is SO COOL!!!!!!!! this is the living liquid gold we call breast milk in motion!!!! My dad is a blood microscopist and […]

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Are lactivist campaigns abusive?

Breastfeeding is great. Lactivism not so much. Breastfeeding is about feeding a baby. Lactivism is about pressuring women to use their body in lactivist approved, ways. Breastfeeding support is undeniably good. Lactivist pressure can be frighteningly abusive. Indeed, lactivist pressure shares a disturbing number of characteristics of psychological abuse.* Even more disturbing, the abusive nature […]

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