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Childbirth, like war, is hell.

Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman famously said, “War is hell.” It’s an accurate description, so it’s surprising that very few people said it before the 19th Century. War is about maiming, gutting, killing other human beings. and potentially being killed oneself. It is horrifying in every possible way, yet that is not how it […]

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Kimberly Seals Allers and the breastfeeding industry try to silence the whistleblower

According to Wikipedia, a whistleblower: is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization … [A]whistleblower can bring allegations to light by contacting a third party outside of an accused organization such as the media, government, law enforcement, or those who are […]

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Breastfeeding can reduce SIDS risk nearly as much as pacifier use can

Considering the breathlessness of the news reports, you might imagine that the results of a new study tell us the best way to reduce SIDS. According to the Daily News: Babies who are breastfed for at least two months after they’re born reduced their risk of dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by half, according […]

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If stop signs work, why should my refusal to stop hurt you?

If vaccines work, why should my refusal to vaccinate my children hurt your children? In the world of anti-vax, this is supposed to be an incisive, penetrating question. Of course, in the world of anti-vax, there’s not a whole lot of thinking going on. To understand the foolishness of the question, it helps to think […]

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#IBelieveHer about breastfeeding

Why do breastfeeding professionals thinking it is acceptable to refuse to believe women about insufficient breastmilk and blame them when it happens? Why do they insist that it almost never happens when it is actually quite common? Why do they offer all sorts of excuses that place primary responsibility on a woman’s behavior? Isn’t refusing […]

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The amount breastfeeding professionals don’t know about neonatal hypernatremic dehydration could fill a small coffin

For people who claim to know so much about breastfeeding, many lactivists are profoundly ignorant on the topic. Indeed, the amount that they don’t know about breastfeeding dehydration is enough to fill a small coffin … and sadly sometimes does. That’s one of the reasons why so much ire is directed toward the Fed Is […]

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Lactivism represents a profound lack of empathy

One of the most amazing traits of human beings is the ability to empathize with others. We don’t have to lose a parent to imagine how devastating the loss of a parent could be and therefore we offer our support. We don’t have to experience a divorce to imagine how devastating the end of a […]

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Surprise, laboring on your back increases the chance of spontaneous vaginal birth

Most of what passes for natural childbirth “knowledge” is entirely made up. Why? Because in large part, natural childbirth advocacy is just reflexive defiance of obstetric practice without any scientific evidence to support it. The latest natural childbirth claim to bite the dust is the insistence that upright positions improve the chances of vaginal birth. […]

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World Health Organization appoints Robert Mugabe as ambassador, suggesting it values politics over health

StatNews describes it as a blunder: The global health community is struggling to make sense of a blunder that has shaken confidence in the new director-general of the World Health Organization and given rise to concerns — both outside and within the WHO — about the impact the episode will have on the credibility of […]

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Dear Dr. Wen, you missed an opportunity to educate women about breastfeeding risks

Dear Dr. Wen, I just read your piece on NPR, Learning To Care For My Newborn Was A Humbling Experience, and I’m disappointed. You wrote about how your son suffered breastfeeding complications, and it sounds like he really did suffer, screaming desperately from hunger for 48 hours: The night we arrived home, Eli wouldn’t stop […]

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