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The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is the breastfeeding equivalent of Prohibition

They meant well. It was a social movement to improve the health of children, women and families. Its leaders emphasized the negative effects of making different choices. It promoted intensive education as well as policies restricting access. And it was a resounding failure, causing more harm than good. I’m talking about Prohibition, but I could […]

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Anti-vax is a particularly ugly form of privilege

Surprise! Vaccinations jump 500% in antivax hotspot amid measles outbreak. Demand for measles vaccines leapt 500 percent last month in Clark County, Washington—a hotbed for anti-vaccine sentiment that has now become the epicenter of a ferocious measles outbreak. As of February 6, the county which sits just north of the border from Portland, Oregon—has tallied […]

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Anti-vaxxers are bad mothers!

Advocates of natural mothering have forgotten their most basic natural responsibility. No, it’s not to have a vaginal birth. No it’s not to breastfeed. No it’s not to pretend to be encouraging bonding by baby-wearing. The PRIMARY purpose of mothers in nature is to make sure their children survive to reproduce. Any time a mother […]

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Dr. Bob Sears monetizes fear

PT Barnum famously said that you can’t go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public and pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears demonstrates the truth of that adage every day. Like Barnum, Sears depends for his income on the gullibility and lack of sophistication of his target audience. Anti-vaxxers are so naive that they seem to […]

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Breast Is Good, Fed Is Better, but Vaccinated Is Best!

There’s a simple thing that every mother can do to keep her baby as healthy as possible. That’s why we should have a ten step hospital based program to support it. No, it’s not breastfeeding; it’s vaccination, which saves a thousand times more lives in practice than breastfeeding ever could in theory. Therefore, it is […]

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The newest trend in marriage: natural wifing

Hi, there! It’s Ima Frawde, CPM (certified professional misogynist) here to describe the newest trend in marriage: natural wifing. Now that natural childbirth, lactivism and attachment parenting have reduced women to the slaves of children under the guise of copying our foremothers, we feel it is time to crush any remaining independence of women with […]

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What the French can teach us about the Anglo-American obsession with breastfeeding

David Foster Wallace gave the 2005 Commencement speech at Kenyon College. He started with a parable: There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for […]

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Primum non nocere – breastfeeding edition

Could lactation professionals possibly get more self-absorbed and clueless? Every time I think they’ve reached the nadir, they show they are perfectly capable of a sinking lower. That’s my reaction after reading an editorial in this month’s issue of Breastfeeding Medicine, Primum Non Nocere Breastfeeding. Primum non nocere is translated as “first do no harm” […]

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The tragedy of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative can be explained by Goodhart’s Law

I wrote a piece that appeared on Slate on Friday. Will the Tide Ever Turn on Breastfeeding? highlights the fact that most of the promised benefits of breastfeeding have never appeared. Worse, aggressive breastfeeding promotion is harmful. There has been an increase in babies falling from their mothers’ hospital beds or suffocating [due to forced […]

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Who could have guessed that THIS reduces the risk of postpartum depression?

Why are natural childbirth and breastfeeding advocates relentlessly looking for a physical cause for a mental health problem? As part of their ongoing effort to demonize both C-sections and formula feeding, they seem desperate to show that mode of birth or “failure” to breastfeed are risk factors for postpartum depression. But why would anyone think […]

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