The real secret of breastfeeding: it kills a lot of babies.

Is there anything more emblematic of white privilege than medical colonialism? Colonialism is the practice one country occupying another country or region and exploiting it for the benefit of the ...

The biggest problem with nature worship

People who venerate the natural imagine that this is nature. It’s a cute little baby zebra, galloping with the herd. It’s perfectly designed to keep up with it’s mother. Born ...

Dead babies? Hilarious!

Australian midwife Lisa Barrett is standing astride a pile of tiny dead bodies and … laughing. Apparently dead babies are hilarious. Barrett has presided over the death of at least ...

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Homebirth midwife Lisa Barrett arrested and charged with manslaughter

Finally!! We’ve waited a long time for the image above. It’s photo ...

Vaccine immunity is dramatically superior to natural immunity

When I was in elementary school, this was a popular riddle: A ...

Natural pregnancy: because what you don’t know can’t hurt you, right?

Kate Tietje, Modern Alternative Mama, is expecting her sixth child and planning ...

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The real secret of breastfeeding: it kills a lot of babies.

Is there anything more emblematic of white privilege than medical colonialism? Colonialism is the practice one country occupying another country or region and exploiting it for the benefit of the occupier. Medical colonialism is the practice of exploiting black bodies, knowledge and practices and co-opting them for the benefit of the well off white people. […]

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The biggest problem with nature worship

People who venerate the natural imagine that this is nature. It’s a cute little baby zebra, galloping with the herd. It’s perfectly designed to keep up with it’s mother. Born from her body, it was perfectly designed to stand within an hour of birth. It’s nourished by its mother’s milk, perfectly designed to meet its […]

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Dead babies? Hilarious!

Australian midwife Lisa Barrett is standing astride a pile of tiny dead bodies and … laughing. Apparently dead babies are hilarious. Barrett has presided over the death of at least six babies, the five I wrote about earlier this week and a sixth that remains unnamed. You might have thought that would have sobered her. […]

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Homebirth midwife Lisa Barrett arrested and charged with manslaughter

Finally!! We’ve waited a long time for the image above. It’s photo of homebirth midwife Lisa Barrett in handcuffs, arrested in connection with the deaths of babies in her care. Controversial homebirth advocate Lisa Barrett has been granted bail after she was charged with two counts of manslaughter on Tuesday. As part of her bail […]

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Vaccine immunity is dramatically superior to natural immunity

When I was in elementary school, this was a popular riddle: A plane crashed on the exact border between the US and Canada. Where did they bury the survivors? Much hilarity ensued after various guesses since you don’t bury survivors. Only those who died are buried. I am reminded of that riddle when I read […]

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Natural pregnancy: because what you don’t know can’t hurt you, right?

Kate Tietje, Modern Alternative Mama, is expecting her sixth child and planning a natural pregnancy. A natural pregnancy is an ignorant pregnancy … literally. Nearly every single aspect of modern obstetrics is preventive medicine. Nearly every test is a screening test designed to provide women with information they can use to improve their health and […]

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Lactivists forced to acknowledge the basic tenets of Fed Is Best

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” These were Winston Churchill’s words in November 1940 after a seemingly endless series of defeats fighting the Germans in WWII was succeeded by a victory. There were still four years of […]

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The Breastfeeding Hunger Games

I read and loved The Hunger Games series of books. For those who haven’t read them or seen the movies, The Hunger Games describes a dystopian society forced each year to send some of their youngest members to the “games” that are a literally fight to the death. The leaders of the dystopian society view […]

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On breastfeeding: don’t listen to what pediatricians say, watch what they do

It’s an oft stated and remarkably valuable aphorism: “Don’t listen to what people say; watch what they do.” In other words, though people may give lip service to a variety of morally elevating thoughts, their personal beliefs are reflected not in their words, but in their behavior. Perri Klass has a piece about breastfeeding in […]

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Guest post: A Canadian perspective on breastfeeding support

Shared anonymously by a reader. Before my son was born, I decided it would be unwise to be narrow-minded in my parenting choices. This decision was based on anecdotes I heard from friends and family who cautioned that each infant is unique and that the ways in which we meet each child’s needs are situationally-dependent. […]

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