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Natural mothering and the technocratic model of love

There are many ironies embedded within the philosophy of natural mothering. Chief among them are the mindless embrace of mothering in nature without acknowledging the natural death toll and the fact that our ancient foremothers would have cut off their right arms for the lifesaving medical technology privileged white women ostentatiously reject in performative social […]

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Benefits of breastfeeding are so trivial Charlotte Young, the Analytical Armadillo, can’t find them

Let’s have a round of applause for lactivist Charlotte Young, the Analytical Armadillo and founder of Milk Matters UK. She briefly ventured out of her social media echo chamber and — asked to demonstrate that the benefits of breastfeeding are real — promptly scurried back. Young illustrates in the most emphatic way possible that no […]

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How to spot a Defensive Lactation Professional

Lactation professionals are easily triggered by any positive discussion of formula feeding. What does that mean? To be triggered is to experience a strong reaction of shock, anger or fear in response something another person said or wrote. For example, many lactation professionals seem to have experienced tremendous shock, anger and fear in response to […]

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Lactation professionals, you are no longer David; you’ve become Goliath.

Remember the biblical story of David and Bathsheba? David, while walking on the roof of his palace, saw a very beautiful woman bathing. He ordered enquiries and found out that she was Bathsheba, wife of Uriah. He desired her … [T]he king gave the order to his general, Joab, that Uriah should be placed on […]

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Breastfeeding “support” served with a side of cruelty

Fed is minimal. Is there anything more emotionally abusive than this “rebuttal” to the Fed Is Best campaign? The definition of minimal is: barely adequate or the least possible Could there be anything more cruel than telling a mother who couldn’t or didn’t want to breastfeed her child that SHE is barely adequate? The Fed […]

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Lactation professionals and the medicalization of infant feeding

You might think — I always have — that childbirth is about the birth of a healthy baby to a healthy mother. But according to many midwives, that isn’t enough. A mother’s birth experience is deemed critical and the experience is apparently ruined by technological interventions. Hence the dangerous campaigns for “normal birth,” defined as […]

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Fed is minimal? That’s what all the mean girls say!

Janis, one of the characters in Mean Girls, says: There are two kinds of evil people in this world. Those who do evil stuff and those who see evil stuff being done and don’t try to stop it. There’s actually a third kind: those who see good stuff being done and harrass those who do […]

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Anti-vaxxers are social parasites

Anti-vaxxers preen to themselves and each other that they are educated, empowered protectors of their children’s well being. They’re not; they are social parasites. I’ve written before about the fact that privilege is the sine qua non of the contemporary anti-vax movement. Vaccine preventable diseases have to become rare before it is possible to imagine […]

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Dear laysplainer, spare me your impossible knowledge!

Many years ago I received an urgent gynecology question at 11 PM. I was the OB-GYN Chief Resident on call that night so any outside calls came to me. The middle aged woman on the phone told me she was desperate for help. She needed to know if her son’s girlfriend had come to the […]

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Vaxophobia

What if we’ve been approaching the anti-vaccine phenomenon the wrong way? We’ve been operating under the assumption that anti-vax is fundamentally a misunderstanding, reflecting lack of knowledge of immunology and statistics. But what if it is actually a culturally mediated phobia like triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13? That would explain why fear of vaccines […]

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