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Ten Month Mamas cheers a woman to her baby’s death

Homebirth, like most of alternative health, is about two things. Not mother and baby; don’t be silly! It’s about defiance and denial. Homebirth especially is about defiance. Women routinely risk their baby’s lives — the greater the risk, the better — while flaunting their transgressiveness before their peers. That’s why there are so many Facebook […]

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017, another ridiculous lactivist campaign

I’ve been writing about mothering issues for over a decade and that gives me an interesting perspective on lactivist marketing campaigns: they’re constantly changing because they never work to lactivists’ satisfaction. The latest campaign has been trotted out for World Breastfeeding Week 2017: ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity. This campaign is going […]

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Not a single country in the world meets WHO standards for breastfeeding? So what?

Lactivists are bemoaning the latest breastfeeding report from the World Health Organization. As USA Today reports: No country in the world supports breastfeeding moms like they should, according to a new report released Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)… By comparing breastfeeding rates around the world, the […]

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week and it’s time to stop the lactivist madness

It’s an amazing fluid with amazing properties. It is critical to health and well being. It is adaptive: it’s amount and constituents can change as circumstances change. Human beings could never have survived and thrived to this point without it. No, it’s not breastmilk. It’s sweat … and it’s arguably just as important to human […]

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Forget crunchy mothering; our goal should be supple mothering

Many women proudly identify themselves as “crunchy” mothers. It is meant to invoke granola — natural and healthy. But there’s no evidence that crunchy mothering is more natural or healthier, just like there’s no evidence that granola existed in nature. Yet the appellation is more accurate than crunchy mothers realize. Granola is hard, unyielding, but […]

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Sorry, lactivists, but infant feeding method DOESN’T matter

It’s hard to believe that a three word phrase could provoke such angst, but that’s what has happened with Fed Is Best. Milky Mommas is the latest organization to spill ink and anger over Fed Is Best: It’s because saying “fed is best” is saying that all options are equal, that infant feeding methods don’t […]

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Aviva Romm, Big Farma shill

Why is it that in the world of “alternative” medicine (aka quackery), shilling for Big Pharma is viewed as the ultimate disqualification by aficionados, but those same people simultaneously turn a blind eye to shilling for Big Farma (herbs and supplements)? Indeed, as Aviva Romm, MD demonstrates, one of the most effective tactics in shilling […]

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Autism, bleach and pre-rational beliefs about illness

Yesterday I came across one of the most appalling examples of medical child abuse that I have ever read. Hi everyone I NEED HELP! My daughter is 7 years old been on cd [chlorine dioxide: bleach] for 4.5 months and began her third pp [parasite protocol] this month. A week ago I began double dosing […]

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A feminist critique of breastfeeding promotion

I have been arguing for years that breastfeeding promotion in general, and the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in particular, are both paternalistic and deeply anti-feminist. A paper published last year in the journal Midwifery provides a similar feminist critique. The paper is Infant feeding and maternal guilt: The application of a feminist phenomenological framework […]

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Breastfeeding and marijuana

Would you let your baby smoke pot? This mother does: That’s what she is doing when she smokes pot while breastfeeding. Indeed, the baby gets a GREATER concentration of active ingredients than the mother does. The mother wrote: Need a safe place to share this beautiful picture … Perhaps the fact that she was high […]

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