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Have you been duped by “natural” products?

See the shark? The shark embodies nature. It’s vicious, deadly, and unconcerned with anything other than its own wellbeing. Nature is about survival of the fittest … generally by killing both prey and competitors. So how did “natural” come to mean “safe” and “gentle”? It hasn’t happened by accident. It reflects a highly successful effort […]

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Claiming formula manufacturers are waging war against breastfeeding is like claiming birth control manufacturers are waging war against pregnancy

It’s the central conceit at the heart of contemporary lactivism, and it serves as a justification for the shaming tactics so beloved of lactivists. It’s the fantasy that the formula industry has been waging war on breastfeeding and it’s a lie. Don’t get me wrong; formula manufacturers are trying to make money. And, yes, decades […]

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Consumer Reports and the reflexive demonization of C-sections

Once again Consumer Reports deserves a big fat “F” for its series on C-sections. Why? Because it starts with a conclusion and works backward to support it. “Everybody knows” that the C-section rate is too high, and Consumer Reports is no different, but as is the case with many pieces of conventional wisdom, what “everybody […]

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The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative bullies babies

In the dystopian novel 1984, George Orwell introduced the idea that vocabulary has the power to control thought. In 1984, the government, in an effort to control citizens and force them into submission, subverts the meaning of common words and phrases to promote approved views. This type of language manipulation is also known as “doublespeak,” […]

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Have women been tricked into giving up real power for “empowerment” through childbirth and breastfeeding?

Imagine for a moment that you were a men’s rights activist (MRA). You know the men I mean, the ones who are whining about Femi-Nazis and how white men such as themselves are victims of discrimination. Imagine that you felt profoundly threatened by women who were smart, talented and powerful. How might you convince them […]

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Our breastfeeding fetish

There once was a time when all babies were breastfed … and they died in droves. That’s because the benefits of breastfeeding are very small. Breastfeeding can’t overcome poor sanitation; it can’t prevent or treat deadly childhood diseases; and many women don’t make enough breastmilk to fully nourish a child. So why are we fetishizing […]

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Lactivists unwittingly reveal their true goal: forcing women back into the home

A political analyst once defined a gaffe as a politician accidentally telling the truth. The lactivism industry has just committed a gaffe. As Pediatrics Professor Steven Abrams writes, Guidelines for Breastfeeding and Early Childhood Nutrition Have Value But Go Too Far: As written, [the proposed guidelines] would block the marketing of whole milk for toddlers […]

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PUSH BACK media round up

PUSH BACK: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting was published on Tuesday and there’s been quite a bit of media surrounding it. Here’s a recap: A Reddit AMA: more than 3000 up votes and over 2000 comments. I was typing for 6 hours straight! Apparently it was such a great AMA that both Salon,“There […]

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How did you PUSH BACK against the pressure of natural childbirth, lactivism and attachment parenting?

I’ve done a dozen interviews this week for PUSH BACK: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting and I’ve repeatedly been told, “I wish I had this book when my children were small; I thought I was alone.” It’s very gratifying to hear this, but it’s also distressing. So many new mothers feel battered down […]

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Researchers who questioned the public framing of breastfeeding get death threats? Naturally!

Over the weekend Jessica Martucci, medical ethicist and feminist historian, reached out to me on Twitter to ask how I deal with hate mail. Recently she’s been getting a lot of it, death threats included, in response to a paper she and colleague Anne Barnhill wrote in the journal Pediatrics. Death threats about breastfeeding? Naturally! […]

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