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Questioning the benefits of breastfeeding is nothing like questioning the benefits of vaccination. Here’s why.

Last week March for Science censored scientific information in an effort to squelch discussion that questioned the benefits of breastfeeding. It was a startling tactic for an organization that claims to promote science. Referring to Sci Moms, a group that dared to suggest that breastfeeding promotion has risks as well as benefits, the administrators of […]

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It’s time for a Baby Friendly Vaccine Initiative!

We are in the midst of a dramatic resurgence of vaccine preventable diseases sickening hundreds of children at the cost of millions of dollars. It’s time to take a page from the lactivist playbook and start a Baby Friendly Vaccine Initiative. The central premise of breastfeeding promotion effort is that no mother would refuse to […]

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Ten questions I’d like to ask Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC

Breastfeeding professional Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD, IBCLC wrote an editorial for the latest issue of Clinical Lactation entitled Concerns About the 10 Steps. She’s attempting to respond to growing criticism of breastfeeding promotion initiatives by the Fed Is Best Foundation. The second paragraph sounds quite reasonable. While I frequently do not agree with Fed Is Best’s […]

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March for Science squanders its credibility by promoting lactivist ideology instead of evidence

What’s the most important tool of any science denialist? It’s the delete button, of course! From anti-vaxxers to homebirth advocates, from creationists to climate deniers, advocates of pseudoscience sharply distinguish themselves from advocates of science by aggressively deleting any comments that question received wisdom and banning those who persist in inserting actual scientific evidence into […]

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Miracle baby? There’s nothing miraculous about a baby who dies because of out of hospital birth.

The media loves a heartwarming story, but calling Baby Boy Accurso a “miracle baby” isn’t merely misguided; it’s grotesque. People Magazine claims ‘Miracle’ Baby Dies Just 18 Days After His 37-Year-Old Mom Suddenly Died During Childbirth: Just 18 days after his mother suddenly died during childbirth, a newborn died on Friday after his family had […]

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Natural mothering and the irreducible conflict between scientific evidence and radical individuality

Natural mothering advocates have a serious philosophical problem and infants and children have become the collateral damage. On one hand natural mothering ideologues are wedded to one size fits all precepts as the foundational “evidence based” recommendations around childbirth, infancy and childhood: Unmedicated vaginal birth is “best” for all mothers and all babies Breastfeeding is […]

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Is contemporary midwifery just another form of quackery?

Is contemporary midwifery the ugly stepsister of obstetrics? Everyone knows the story of Cinderella. Enslaved by her stepmother, bullied by her stepsisters, Cinderella manages (courtesy of her Fairy Godmother) to attend a ball where she meets the Prince. Rushing to leave, she loses her petite glass slipper. The bereft Prince vows to find her again […]

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Let’s punish men for abortions!

Apparently many conservatives believe that women should be punished for having abortions. I have a better, more just, more effective suggestion: Punish men for abortions! After all, it’s the man’s fault; there’s no way a woman can find herself with an unwanted pregnancy without a man being responsible for it. Christina Cauterucci at Slate wrote […]

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Medical anthropology paper tries to rebut my criticism of modern midwifery, but unwittingly bolsters it

Midwives have a problem with scientific evidence. It wasn’t always that way. [M]idwives were initially enthusiastic about basing clinical practice on scientific evidence. That’s because they had long told each other that midwifery was “science based” while obstetrics was not… It has been quite a shock to midwives and childbirth educators to learn that most […]

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What’s the difference between a child dying because “God” & a baby starving because “breastfeeding”?

Even as his 11 year old daughter lay dying, he refused to seek medical care: Prosecutors contended he should have rushed the girl to a hospital because she couldn’t walk, talk, eat or drink. Instead, Madeline died on the floor of the family’s rural home as people surrounded her and prayed. It wasn’t until Dale […]

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