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Progress ending lactimidation, but there’s still a long way to go

Kudos to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for taking a small step toward ending lactimidation, the ongoing lactivist campaign to “encourage” women to breastfeed by shaming and browbeating them into making the choice that the intimidators approve. In a Practice Bulletin entitled Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as Part of Obstetric Practice, ACOG […]

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Homebirth is a business

In today’s NYTimes, pediatrician Aaron Carroll wonders How to Make Home birth a Safer Option. Noting that a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed out of hospital birth in Oregon doubles the risk of perinatal death, Dr. Carroll makes it clear that he and his wife did not think that homebirth […]

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Natural parenting is a risk factor for tyranny

Homebirth, and natural childbirth advocates insist that “Peace on Earth Begins With Birth.” That’s not what my research shows. I’ve discovered an astounding fact about natural childbirth, breastfeeding and attachment parenting: all are risk factors for tyranny, mass murder and a variety of other ills. Consider: Of history’s greatest tyrants, men such as Hitler, Torquemada, […]

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Earth to lactivists: breasts ARE sexual!

The Mother-Whore dichotomy ought to be dead. It was proposed by Sigmund Freud to explain a tendency for men to characterize women as either asexual, nurturing and worthy of respect or sexually attractive. Unfortunately, the Mother-Whore dichotomy is alive and well and being aggressively promoted by the lactivism community. If you spend any time reading […]

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Imagine …

With apologies to John Lennon. Imagine there’s no new mom guilt It’s easy if you try No C-section judgment on us Or epidurals midwives deny Imagine all the mothers Trusting their OBs… Imagine there’s no pressure If breastfeeding’s hard to do No reason to shame yourself or others And no natural childbirth too Imagine all […]

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Just how crazy is the lactivist lobby? No breasts is no longer an excuse not to breastfeed.

Last week I received a Facebook message from a reader who had reached out to her local La Leche League in Glendale, CA to find the safest local source for donor breastmilk. I had breast cancer last year and am now pregnant. I have no breasts to breastfeed with, and am wondering if your organization […]

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If you judge women who bottle feed, I’m judging the hell out of YOU!

There’s a vile sanctimommy screed currently making the rounds. If You Don’t Breastfeed, I’m Judging the Hell Out of You by Alex Alexander is a perfect example of hatefulness masquerading as concern for babies. But if you never even tried — if your baby’s mouth never met nipple, for reasons of personal choice that have […]

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Increase trust in obstetricians: confront the natural childbirth industry working tirelessly to undermine it

Oh, the irony! Yesterday I wrote about the fact that the Childbirth Connection is angered that estimated fetal weights are … gasp! … merely estimates. I cited a recent piece in the NYTimes, When a Big Baby Isn’t So Big. In the comment section, multiple people bewail the loss of trust in obstetricians, apparently without […]

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Childbirth Connection angered that estimated fetal weights are merely estimates

The Childbirth Connection is the leading lobbying organization for the natural childbirth industry. Their apparent goal is greater employment for the women they represent: midwives, doulas and childbirth educators. The heart of their marketing strategy is to promote distrust of modern obstetrics and obstetricians. As I noted almost exactly one year ago today, getting your […]

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The mind blowing grandiosity of quacktivists Jennifer Margulis and Kelly Brogan

Every notice how quacktivists often suffer from grandiosity? According to Wikipedia: Grandiosity refers to an unrealistic sense of superiority … as well as to a sense of uniqueness: the belief that few others have anything in common with oneself and that one can only be understood by a few or very special people … Take Jennifer […]

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