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Lotus birth leaves a newborn critically ill with a heart infection

A new paper in Clinical Pediatrics, Umbilical Cord Nonseverance and Adverse Neonatal Outcomes, reports on babies harmed by the bizarre practice of lotus birth. Lotus birth is the latest fad in the world of birth performance art. It used to be that women got pregnant with the intention of having a baby. In 2018, among […]

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Is tongue-tie surgery the new episiotomy?

They created the surgical procedure with the best of intentions. They wanted to prevent serious problems and it seemed to them the best way to do it. Unfortunately they were wrong and a lot of unnecessary suffering was the result. I’m talking about episiotomy, but I could be talking about painful newborn tongue-tie surgery. How […]

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What glasses can teach us about insufficient breastmilk

Vision. It’s arguably the most important of our 5 senses. It allows us to see a grain of salt, a mountain in the distance and everything in between. It is the key to game hunting, to precision manufacturing, to hitting a home run. It is 100% natural. All human beings are “designed” to see. Curiously, […]

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Why does lactivist Prof. Amy Brown keep lying about breastfeeding physiology?

One of the most distressing things about breastfeeding advocates is the cavalier way in which they dismiss the suffering of starving babies. It bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the way that drug companies cavalierly dismiss the suffering of patients when they learn of deadly side effects of medication. Both promote profits ahead of people. For […]

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Breast cancer risk: what’s breastfeeding got to do with it?

Two articles on breast cancer risk were published this week and they provide a window on the politics of breastfeeding. The first paper is Learning, Life, and Lactation: Knowledge of Breastfeeding’s Impact on Breast Cancer Risk Reduction and Its Influence on Breastfeeding Practices. It received a fair amount of press, including articles like Study finds […]

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Controlling women by controlling their breasts

Are you one of those who think that Nature gave a woman breasts, not that she might feed her children, but as pretty little hillocks to give her bust a pleasing contour? Many, indeed, of our present-day ladies do try to dry up and repress that sacred fount of the body, the nourisher of the […]

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Natural mothering and the 3 P’s: purchasing, patriarchy and privilege

Yesterday I wrote about the tendency of anti-vax mothers to view themselves as heroes. Though they view themselves as rebelling against “the system,” the truth is that they are merely submitting to a different system, characterized by deeply valued fantasies including the illusion of control of the health of their children and the radical uniqueness […]

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This is how anti-vax mothers imagine themselves

A new paper in Clinics in Mother and Child Health, Intensive Mothering and Vaccine Choice: Reclaiming the Lifeworld from the System, provides fascinating insight into how anti-vaccine mothers view themselves. What brings families to the decision to delay or refuse vaccination? What informs their choices? How do vaccination choices fit into broader trends in pregnancy, […]

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When breastfeeding isn’t working

Trust breasts? It’s not the motto of the lactivist movement, but it could be. If breastfeeding advocates are sure of anything, they’re sure that breasts are the one organ system in the body that never, ever fails. In their view, if breastfeeding isn’t working for you and your baby, there are myriad possible reasons, but […]

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Ignore lactivist Amy Brown when she tells you to ignore breastfeeding horror stories

Tobacco executives tried to convince people to ignore horror stories about lung cancer. Car company executives tried to convince people to ignore the horror stories about exploding Pintos. Pharmaceutical executives tried to convince people to ignore the horror stories about Vioxx. Now lactation professionals are trying to convince people to ignore breastfeeding horror stories. Try […]

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