World Health Organization declares babies dying from breastfeeding complications are “not a priority”

I’m not often surprised these days, but I was surprised about this. Christie Castillo del Hegyi, MD and Jody Segrave-Daly RN, IBCLC of the Fed Is Best Foundation recently met ...

Natural parenting harms mothers … as it’s meant to do

I’ve been writing about this issue for more than a decade: the stress, shame and guilt of contemporary mothering ideology. Now it has hit the mainstream with the cover of ...

Revised labor guidelines touted to reduce C-sections don’t work and harm babies

They were announced with great fanfare. In a document entitled Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine ...

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Fear of flaccidity

On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking about his genitalia, declared: ...

Surprise! Mothers don’t need to suffer to raise happy, healthy children

Our deepest assumptions often go unexamined. That’s especially true if we live ...

Mother dies from breastfeeding

Sugh a tragic, senseless waste of life! From The Sun: Rhianne Statom-Barnett, 30, ...

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World Health Organization declares babies dying from breastfeeding complications are “not a priority”

I’m not often surprised these days, but I was surprised about this. Christie Castillo del Hegyi, MD and Jody Segrave-Daly RN, IBCLC of the Fed Is Best Foundation recently met with breastfeeding experts at the World Health Organization about the issue of babies starving, suffering brain injuries and dying due to insufficient breastmilk. They were […]

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Natural parenting harms mothers … as it’s meant to do

I’ve been writing about this issue for more than a decade: the stress, shame and guilt of contemporary mothering ideology. Now it has hit the mainstream with the cover of TIME Magazine: The Goddess Myth, How a Vision of Perfect Motherhood Hurts Moms. As Claire Howorth notes in the cover article, Motherhood Is Hard to Get […]

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Revised labor guidelines touted to reduce C-sections don’t work and harm babies

They were announced with great fanfare. In a document entitled Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recommended dropping the Friedman curves of labor progress and offered new standards for normally progressing labor: Specifically: …[C]esarean delivery for active phase arrest in the […]

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Fear of flaccidity

On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking about his genitalia, declared: “I checked. I’m fully intact.” Tillerson was responding to Senator Bob. Corker’s criticizing President Trump’s public undercutting of his Tillerson on the issue of North Korea: “You cannot publicly castrate your own Secretary of State …” It’s not an accident that the state […]

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Surprise! Mothers don’t need to suffer to raise happy, healthy children

Our deepest assumptions often go unexamined. That’s especially true if we live in a culture that takes those same assumptions for granted. One of the central assumptions of modern, Western culture is that raising happy, healthy children requires that mothers suffer. I suspect that this bedrock assumption goes back at least to the Book of […]

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Mother dies from breastfeeding

Sugh a tragic, senseless waste of life! From The Sun: Rhianne Statom-Barnett, 30, was worried the prescription-only medication might affect her three-month-old son George through the transfer of baby milk. Her mother explains what happened when Rhianne developed a severe ear infection: Her mother Beverly, 55, told the hearing her daughter booked a GP appointment where […]

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Michel Odent, another old white male mansplainin’ childbirth to us womenfolk

Heeeee’s baaaaack! Michel Odent is back with another of his wacky, entirely fabricated theories about childbirth. Michel Odent has moved from being the benign natural-birth pioneer to a doomsayer predicting that caesarean sections will increase autism spectrum disorders and change humanity on an evolutionary level. And the doom he foretells? The Birth of Homo, The […]

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A new paper on breastfeeding and guilt

A new paper, Resisting Guilt: Mothers’ Breastfeeding Intentions and Formula Use by Holcomb, explores what happens when breastfeeding is represented as a “choice” that is an unalloyed good for all babies and all mothers. Although lactivists insist that such a claim is the inevitable result of scientific research, in truth the claim is a cultural construct. […]

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Children of pregnant vegetarians more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol

I am not making this up. STAT News reports: Children of women who ate little or no meat while pregnant are more likely to abuse alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana at age 15 than are children of mothers who did eat meat. That’s the conclusion from a new study Meat Consumption During Pregnancy and Substance Misuse […]

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More wailing and gnashing of teeth over the C-section rate

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! That’s the impression you might get from an article in today’s Guardian, ‘A third of people get major surgery to be born’: why are C-sections routine in the US? Caesareans have transformed from life-saving intervention into risky procedure performed for one in three births – and often […]

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