Lactation professional Maureen Minchin sets a new standard for immaturity

Maureen Minchin agreed to debate me and now she’s trying to get out of it. Of course, I expected that she would back out; I just didn’t expect that she ...

Mother awarded $11 million after she was denied a requested C-section and suffered incontinence

Many juries have awarded large judgments for babies harmed by failure to perform a necessary C-section. This is the first case I’ve heard about where the large judgment was awarded ...

Glasses and the absurdity of promoting the biological norm in birth or breastfeeding

Vision is arguably the most important of our 5 senses. It allows us to see a grain of salt, a mountain in the distance and everything in between. It is ...

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Breastfeeding and conflicts of interest

Financial conflicts of interest loom large in our evaluation of research and ...

Dr. Amy’s feminist mothering affirmations

Natural mothering advocates employ affirmations as a form of magical thinking. They ...

Does breastfeeding increase IQ or do breastfeeding complications decrease it?

There’s a new paper on breastfeeding and IQ. Is breast feeding associated ...

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Lactation professional Maureen Minchin sets a new standard for immaturity

Maureen Minchin agreed to debate me and now she’s trying to get out of it. Of course, I expected that she would back out; I just didn’t expect that she would lie to her followers about it. Who is Minchin? She’s a lactation professional (with no training in science or medicine) who has a self-published […]

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Mother awarded $11 million after she was denied a requested C-section and suffered incontinence

Many juries have awarded large judgments for babies harmed by failure to perform a necessary C-section. This is the first case I’ve heard about where the large judgment was awarded for failure to perform a requested C-section and the mother suffered the injury. According to The Intelligencer: A Bucks County jury has awarded a mother […]

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Glasses and the absurdity of promoting the biological norm in birth or breastfeeding

Vision is arguably the most important of our 5 senses. It allows us to see a grain of salt, a mountain in the distance and everything in between. It is the key to game hunting, to precision manufacturing, to hitting a home run. It is 100% natural. All human beings are “designed” to see. Curiously, […]

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Breastfeeding and conflicts of interest

Financial conflicts of interest loom large in our evaluation of research and they should. But financial conflicts of interest are not limited to the impact of big corporations. It is easy to understand how formula companies might represent a major conflict of interest in research about the benefits of breastfeeding; no one has any trouble […]

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Dr. Amy’s feminist mothering affirmations

Natural mothering advocates employ 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 or the success of the breastfeeding relationship they’re supposed to desire. That’s nonsense, of course. But such […]

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Does breastfeeding increase IQ or do breastfeeding complications decrease it?

There’s a new paper on breastfeeding and IQ. Is breast feeding associated with offspring IQ at age 5? Findings from prospective cohort: Lifestyle During Pregnancy Study yielded surprising results: In multivariable linear regression analyses adjusted for potential confounders breast feeding was associated with child IQ at 5 years (categorical χ2 test for overall association p=0.03). […]

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Homebirth midwife Lisa Barrett found not guilty, but hardly exonerated.

Deregistered Australian midwife Lisa Barrett was found not guilty in two homebirth deaths. A former South Australian midwife charged over the deaths of two babies during home births has been found not guilty of two counts of manslaughter. In the first case of its kind in Australia, Lisa Barrett, 52, pleaded not guilty over the […]

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Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD and colleagues owe women a profound apology for misogyny

Prof. Rafael Perez-Escamilla and his colleagues at the Yale School of Public Health have joined the cadre of medical misogynists by adding breastfeeding to a long list of medical issues where women’s self reports and suffering are dismissed out of hand. Even I, a deeply cynical person, am stunned by the viciousness of their claim. […]

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Questioning the benefits of breastfeeding is nothing like questioning the benefits of vaccination. Here’s why.

Last week March for Science censored scientific information in an effort to squelch discussion that questioned the benefits of breastfeeding. It was a startling tactic for an organization that claims to promote science. Referring to Sci Moms, a group that dared to suggest that breastfeeding promotion has risks as well as benefits, the administrators of […]

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It’s time for a Baby Friendly Vaccine Initiative!

We are in the midst of a dramatic resurgence of vaccine preventable diseases sickening hundreds of children at the cost of millions of dollars. It’s time to take a page from the lactivist playbook and start a Baby Friendly Vaccine Initiative. The central premise of breastfeeding promotion effort is that no mother would refuse to […]

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