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These 3 graphs will make you question everything you’ve been told about breastfeeding

Below you will find the truth about infant formula and its impact on infant mortality, life expectancy and IQ as breastfeeding initiation fell from nearly 70% om 1910 to only 25-30% from the late 1940’s to the early 1970’s and rose again to over 75% in recent years: As you can see, despite claims of […]

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Lactivist desperation to prove superiority reminds me of eugenics

If there’s one thing that proponents are absolutely sure of it is that they are superior. That belief is enhanced by the accompanying conviction that science will demonstrate their superiority. No, I’m not talking about eugenicists, though I could be. I’m talking about the contemporary lactivist movement. Every time I write about blog post about […]

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Why is The Alpha Parent happiest when kicking other women?

As is often the case on The Skeptical OB, a single post becomes a multi-day meditation on a topic. I started the week asking if natural childbirth and lactivism cause postpartum depression, progressed to discussing the lactivist War on Formula as a rather poorly disguised war on women, and then shared a new campaign to […]

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So glad they told me #sogladtheytoldme

On Monday and Tuesday I wrote about the ways in which people misuse science to tear down emotionally fragile new mothers. Last night, while checking my Twitter feed, I made the happy discovery of a new movement designed specifically to do the opposite, to support mothers, especially emotionally fragile new mothers. It’s #sogladtheytoldme and it […]

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The lactivist War on Formula is a war on women

It’s the third rail of contemporary parenting. In a society in which intensive mothering (attachment parenting) is the dominant paradigm, though people are willing to acknowledge that idealized representation of perfect motherhood can contribute to postpartum mood disorders, no one dares note that the natural childbirth industry and the lactivism industry are front and center […]

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Why are there no alternative ICUs?

I’ve got a great idea for a new medical drama: Homeopathy 911! It takes place in a quackademic medical center and follows the lives and loves of alternative medical practitioners. Can’t you just imagine the scenes in the ER? “Nurse, get me the reiki practitioner STAT!!” Or how about the crises in the ICU where […]

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Do natural childbirth and lactivism cause postpartum depression?

It’s serious problem, but sadly Avital Norman Nathman dares not speak its name. Norman Nathman wrote an entire piece on the detrimental impact of “idealized representations of ‘perfect’ motherhood” on the development of postpartum mood disorders without naming or acknowledging the most important culprits: the natural childbirth and lactivism industries. In a piece entitled What […]

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Celebrities say: Take this medical advice*

I have an idea. Let’s hold celebrities accountable for the medical advice that they give. Much of it is just plain silly, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s recommendation to steam your vagina. You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic […]

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The biggest problem with natural parenting: it treats children as parental products, not people

The biggest problem with natural parenting (besides the fact that it is not supported by science) is that natural parenting is deterministic. It views children as vessels for parental action and ambition, not as actual people with needs, desires and dreams that may differ from their parents. At its heart, natural parenting, an affectation of […]

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Why aren’t there any ebola parties?

Yesterday, the PBS NewsHour felt compelled to inform its viewers that they should not let their children attend measles parties. Measles parties are relatively new since, until recently, there were very few cases of measles. But now that measles is back (courtesy of anti-vax parents): KQED Public Media told the story from Marin County of […]

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