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Natural mothering and the re-domestication of women

Can women be empowered by a philosophy designed to re-domesticate them? Yesterday I asked whether women can be empowered by the philosophy of natural mothering, a philosophy created for the express purpose of oppressing them. Thinking further, it occurs to me that there is a better way to frame the issue. Natural mothering advocates seek […]

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Can women be empowered by mothering philosophies designed to subjugate them?

In the good old days, women knew their place: in the home, repeatedly pregnant, breastfeeding, and in continual proximity to their children. They wouldn’t dare compete with men since they didn’t have the time or energy to do so. In the past century, for the first time in history women in some countries achieved a […]

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DNT TXT N BREASTFEED!!!

OMG! OMG! OMG! Growing ‘brexting’ habit of texting on phones while breastfeeding newborns is damaging relationships between mums and their babies. The horror!!! Health authorities are warning new mothers that scrolling on their phones while breastfeeding may be damaging bonding with their babies. The modern day habit, which even earned the hashtag worthy name of […]

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New study inadvertently shows why mathematical models of breastfeeding benefits are wrong

Add this new study to the long list of papers that claim to show the benefits of breastfeeding through mathematical modeling. According to The cost of not breastfeeding: global results from a new tool: The results of the analysis using the tool show that 595 379 childhood deaths (6 to 59 months) from diarrhoea and pneumonia […]

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Standards? Oregon homebirth midwives don’t need no stinking standards!

You might think that Oregon homebirth midwives would be shocked into action by their hideous death rates. You would be wrong. In August 2010, Melissa Cheyney, then Director of Research for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and also the head of the Oregon Board of Direct Entry Midwifery, rejected a call by the […]

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From foot binding to natural childbirth; teaching women their value resides in their pain

The history of foot binding is a history of women’s pain. According to Amanda Foreman, writing for Smithsonian Magazine: A small foot in China, no different from a tiny waist in Victorian England, represented the height of female refinement. For families with marriageable daughters, foot size translated into its own form of currency and a […]

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Did breastfeeding save lives in Shelby County Tennessee?

It’s just the kind of evidence I have been looking for. I’ve relentlessly hammered the point that although small studies suggest that breastfeeding has benefits in industrialized countries, population data has failed to demonstrate the predicted benefits in real world experience. The decreases in infant mortality of term babies, reduced incidence of various conditions and […]

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Mike Woolridge responds

On Saturday, I took Mike Woolridge, former director of Baby Friendly UK, to task over his inability to demonstrate the benefits of breastfeeding that he claims exist. Mike has written a variety of highly offensive things. In response to the many women commenting whose babies have suffered from insufficient breastmilk, he obnoxiously declared: They’re NOT […]

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100% of Maasai women breastfeed for a year or more but they’re doing it wrong

A recent paper on the breastfeeding practices of African Maasai women is filled with startling statistics. According to Maternal perceptions of breastfeeding and infant nutrition among a select group of Maasai women in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth: 100% of the women breastfed Nearly 100% began breastfeeding within an hour of birth. 100% breastfed for a […]

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Mike Woolridge, former director of Baby Friendly UK, can’t demonstrate the benefits of breastfeeding either

Mike Woolridge PhD (Zoology), former director of Baby Friendly UK, appeared on my Facebook pages to defend Maureen Minchin and mansplain’ breastfeeding to us poor benighted womenfolk. It has not gone well for Mike. He’s offered multiple comments to a variety of posts and has had the unmitigated gall to pontificate to the many women […]

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