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The REAL reason why breastfeeding hurts

Despite ubiquitous recommendations to breastfeed and notwithstanding sincere intention to breastfeed, women often quit for two common reasons: not enough breastmilk and too much pain while breastfeeding. For decades we’ve done nothing about either problem for the simple reason that lactation professionals have engaged in a massive campaign of denial. The most cherished article of […]

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The Faustian bargain between UK midwives and the NHS

Today comes news that Sheffield maternity services have been rated as inadequate. This follows on the heels of the Ockenden Report that revealed the preventable deaths of hundreds of babies, and comes nearly seven years after the Morecambe Bay Report about the preventable deaths of babies and mothers. How did this happen? The proximate cause […]

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Midwife Caroline Flint, avatar of the UK cult of normal birth

UK midwifery is a cult. Don’t believe me? Consider Caroline Flint, former President of the Royal College of Midwives, previously found guilty of serious professional misconduct. A FORMER president of the Royal College of Midwives was found guilty of serious professional misconduct yesterday after she mishandled the delivery of a breech birth which left the […]

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Science denial, Dunning Kruger and the Tuteur Corollary

I spend my days wrangling with science denialists on the Skeptical OB Facebook page. I don’t really argue with them since a doctor can no more argue science with a denialist than a mathematician can argue calculus with a four year old. Neither denialists nor four year olds know enough to come to grips with […]

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Lactivism represents a profound lack of empathy

One of the most amazing traits of human beings is the ability to empathize with others. We don’t have to lose a parent to imagine how devastating the loss of a parent could be and therefore we offer our support. We don’t have to experience a divorce to imagine how devastating the end of a […]

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