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100% of Maasai women breastfeed for a year or more but they’re doing it wrong

A recent paper on the breastfeeding practices of African Maasai women is filled with startling statistics. According to Maternal perceptions of breastfeeding and infant nutrition among a select group of Maasai women in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth: 100% of the women breastfed Nearly 100% began breastfeeding within an hour of birth. 100% breastfed for a […]

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Mike Woolridge, former director of Baby Friendly UK, can’t demonstrate the benefits of breastfeeding either

Mike Woolridge PhD (Zoology), former director of Baby Friendly UK, appeared on my Facebook pages to defend Maureen Minchin and mansplain’ breastfeeding to us poor benighted womenfolk. It has not gone well for Mike. He’s offered multiple comments to a variety of posts and has had the unmitigated gall to pontificate to the many women […]

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Breastfeeding women seldom make history

Analyze a list of most influential women in history and you could reach a startling conclusion: Breastfeeding women seldom make history. Many of history’s most powerful women had no children. But even those who were mothers did not spend time breastfeeding; they hired wet nurses or they used formula. Otherwise they would not have been […]

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Maureen Minchin uses 6000 words to say “no,” she can’t show the benefits of breastfeeding are real

Those who are following the debate between Maureen Minchin and myself may recall that in my response to her opening statement I noted: The widely touted benefits of breastfeeding are based on extrapolations of small studies riddled with confounders. The impact of increased breastfeeding rates predicted by lactation researchers have failed to occur. There has […]

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Reply to Maureen Minchin’s non-responsive piece

Maureen Minchin has refused to abide by impartial debate rules so she has forfeited. She’s still forging ahead any way, posting what amounts to an opening statement. At no point does she provide any evidence that breastfeeding has been shown to actually have the benefits claimed; she simply repeats the claims. On her Facebook page […]

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Combative mothering: natural mothering normalizes constant competition among mothers

Divide and conquer! What better way to subjugate women than to have them fight with each other about who is the better mother? Not only will it keep them too preoccupied to challenge misogyny, it is self-perpetuating. Shame one woman and she might temporarily be unable to fight back; teach women to shame each other […]

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Breastfeeding advocate Maureen Minchin forfeits debate by refusing impartial rules

On Friday I wrote about breastfeeding advocate Maureen Minchin’s increasing desperation to have her cake and eat it, too. On the one hand, she is trying to get out of a debate with me that agreed to months ago; on the other hands she doesn’t want her followers to know that she is running scared. […]

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Lactation professional Maureen Minchin sets a new standard for immaturity

Maureen Minchin agreed to debate me and now she’s trying to get out of it. Of course, I expected that she would back out; I just didn’t expect that she would lie to her followers about it. Who is Minchin? She’s a lactation professional (with no training in science or medicine) who has a self-published […]

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Mother awarded $11 million after she was denied a requested C-section and suffered incontinence

Many juries have awarded large judgments for babies harmed by failure to perform a necessary C-section. This is the first case I’ve heard about where the large judgment was awarded for failure to perform a requested C-section and the mother suffered the injury. According to The Intelligencer: A Bucks County jury has awarded a mother […]

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Glasses and the absurdity of promoting the biological norm in birth or breastfeeding

Vision is 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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