Sorry Dr. Meek, breastfeeding isn’t a public health achievement at all, let alone the greatest one!

I don’t know Dr. Joan Y. Meek, Chair of the Section on Breastfeeding of the American Academy of Pediatrics, but I do know ridiculous hyperbole when I see it. Sadly, ...

Breastfeeding advocacy and the difference between could, should and would

Breastfeeding or formula feeding? It’s a choice that provokes strong feelings, particularly among those who identify themselves as breastfeeding professionals. It often seems that there is a huge gulf between ...

Formula fed babies are overfed? Only if you redefine underfed as normal and normal as overfed!

Breastfeeding professionals are sure that breastfed infants are healthier than those who are formula fed. There’s just one problem; they can’t find evidence to support that belief. Countries with the ...

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What do natural childbirth and breastfeeding advocates have in common with teenage boys? Both lie to women to control them.

If gynecologists had a nickel for every time a teenage girl told ...

Breastfeeding advocacy and the culture of contempt

Last week I wrote about conventional wisdom and used the example of ...

Will it take a new Surgeon General’s report to finally debunk the belief that breast is best?

Everyone knew it was the gold standard for both health and sophistication. ...

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Sorry Dr. Meek, breastfeeding isn’t a public health achievement at all, let alone the greatest one!

I don’t know Dr. Joan Y. Meek, Chair of the Section on Breastfeeding of the American Academy of Pediatrics, but I do know ridiculous hyperbole when I see it. Sadly, Dr. Meek is aggressively promoting it. Meek wrote a piece, Breastfeeding has been the best public health policy throughout history, which has been republished in […]

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Breastfeeding advocacy and the difference between could, should and would

Breastfeeding or formula feeding? It’s a choice that provokes strong feelings, particularly among those who identify themselves as breastfeeding professionals. It often seems that there is a huge gulf between organizations like La Leche League, whose avowed goal is to promote breastfeeding and Fed Is Best, whose avowed goal is to promote safe infant feeding […]

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Formula fed babies are overfed? Only if you redefine underfed as normal and normal as overfed!

Breastfeeding professionals are sure that breastfed infants are healthier than those who are formula fed. There’s just one problem; they can’t find evidence to support that belief. Countries with the lowest breastfeeding rates have the LOWEST infant mortality and countries with the highest infant mortality have the highest breastfeeding rates. Most of the claimed health […]

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What do natural childbirth and breastfeeding advocates have in common with teenage boys? Both lie to women to control them.

If gynecologists had a nickel for every time a teenage girl told them some version of the following, they’d be billionaires: My boyfriend said I couldn’t get pregnant if we had sex standing up… My boyfriend said I couldn’t get pregnant if I hadn’t had my first period… My boyfriend said I couldn’t get pregnant […]

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Breastfeeding advocacy and the culture of contempt

Last week I wrote about conventional wisdom and used the example of stomach ulcers. When I started medical school, the conventional wisdom was that stomach ulcers were caused by excess acid. The conventional wisdom was loud, pervasive and impossible to ignore. Whole careers in gastroenterology had been staked on maintaining its veracity. When that veracity […]

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Will it take a new Surgeon General’s report to finally debunk the belief that breast is best?

Everyone knew it was the gold standard for both health and sophistication. Doctors recommended it and were sure to do it themselves. This despite the fact that for hundreds of years there had been obvious casualties. It’s wasn’t until the Surgeon General’s Report of 1964, that the truth was finally presented for all to see. […]

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Breastfeeding is nearly as contentious as abortion and for the same reason

Welcome to the thousands of new readers who have visited the blog over the past few days. You’ve been drawn by the posts on breastfeeding in which I’ve attempted to correct the massive amount of misinformation that passes for “education” on the topic. On Sunday (New US breastfeeding policy, adopted for the wrong reasons, will […]

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Finally, data on lives saved each year by breastfeeding: only 8% of WHO claim!

In 2016 The Lancet published a paper that made an extraordinary claim. According to Breastfeeding in the 21st century: epidemiology, mechanisms, and lifelong effect: The scaling up of breastfeeding to a near universal level could prevent 823,000 annual deaths in children younger than 5 years … It’s an extraordinary claim because it is belied by […]

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The conventional wisdom about breastfeeding is DEAD wrong!

The reaction to the Trump administration’s decision to oppose the World Health Organization’s formula advertising restrictions has highlighted how conventional wisdom shapes thinking on a topic. The conventional wisdom about breastfeeding is that it is lifesaving, but the conventional wisdom is dead wrong. Here is one of the best descriptions of conventional wisdom I’ve seen. […]

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What breastfeeding research REALLY shows

Yesterday I wrote about the Trump administration’s typically ham handed effort to oppose a World Health Organization breastfeeding resolution. Make no mistake; Trump was only thinking about the welfare of formula manufacturers. But WHO breastfeeding recommendations are actually injuring and killing babies and they should have been changed long ago. How do I know? I […]

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