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Ten questions I’d like to ask Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC

Breastfeeding professional Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD, IBCLC wrote an editorial for the latest issue of Clinical Lactation entitled Concerns About the 10 Steps. She’s attempting to respond to growing criticism of breastfeeding promotion initiatives by the Fed Is Best Foundation. The second paragraph sounds quite reasonable. While I frequently do not agree with Fed Is Best’s […]

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March for Science squanders its credibility by promoting lactivist ideology instead of evidence

What’s the most important tool of any science denialist? It’s the delete button, of course! From anti-vaxxers to homebirth advocates, from creationists to climate deniers, advocates of pseudoscience sharply distinguish themselves from advocates of science by aggressively deleting any comments that question received wisdom and banning those who persist in inserting actual scientific evidence into […]

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Miracle baby? There’s nothing miraculous about a baby who dies because of out of hospital birth.

The media loves a heartwarming story, but calling Baby Boy Accurso a “miracle baby” isn’t merely misguided; it’s grotesque. People Magazine claims ‘Miracle’ Baby Dies Just 18 Days After His 37-Year-Old Mom Suddenly Died During Childbirth: Just 18 days after his mother suddenly died during childbirth, a newborn died on Friday after his family had […]

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Natural mothering and the irreducible conflict between scientific evidence and radical individuality

Natural mothering advocates have a serious philosophical problem and infants and children have become the collateral damage. On one hand natural mothering ideologues are wedded to one size fits all precepts as the foundational “evidence based” recommendations around childbirth, infancy and childhood: Unmedicated vaginal birth is “best” for all mothers and all babies Breastfeeding is […]

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Is contemporary midwifery just another form of quackery?

Is contemporary midwifery the ugly stepsister of obstetrics? Everyone knows the story of Cinderella. Enslaved by her stepmother, bullied by her stepsisters, Cinderella manages (courtesy of her Fairy Godmother) to attend a ball where she meets the Prince. Rushing to leave, she loses her petite glass slipper. The bereft Prince vows to find her again […]

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Let’s punish men for abortions!

Apparently many conservatives believe that women should be punished for having abortions. I have a better, more just, more effective suggestion: Punish men for abortions! After all, it’s the man’s fault; there’s no way a woman can find herself with an unwanted pregnancy without a man being responsible for it. Christina Cauterucci at Slate wrote […]

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Medical anthropology paper tries to rebut my criticism of modern midwifery, but unwittingly bolsters it

Midwives have a problem with scientific evidence. It wasn’t always that way. [M]idwives were initially enthusiastic about basing clinical practice on scientific evidence. That’s because they had long told each other that midwifery was “science based” while obstetrics was not… It has been quite a shock to midwives and childbirth educators to learn that most […]

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What’s the difference between a child dying because “God” & a baby starving because “breastfeeding”?

Even as his 11 year old daughter lay dying, he refused to seek medical care: Prosecutors contended he should have rushed the girl to a hospital because she couldn’t walk, talk, eat or drink. Instead, Madeline died on the floor of the family’s rural home as people surrounded her and prayed. It wasn’t until Dale […]

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New paper on neonatal dehydration confirms Fed Is Best Foundation is right, lactivists dead wrong

Imagine if I told you that tens of thousands of babies were being hospitalized each year for a common problem and yet we weren’t merely doing nothing about it; we were actively promoting more harm. You’d be outraged, wouldn’t you? Prepare to be outraged. Tens of thousands of babies are being hospitalized each year, some […]

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Natural mothering as religion: proselytizing and the condemnation of nonbelievers

On Friday I asked if natural mothering is really a religion, albeit one that replaces God with Nature. I wrote about two features common to the stories natural mothering advocates tell about themselves, conversion experiences and submission to a higher power. How to they know that what they believe is true? The same way religious […]

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