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The ugly sin of midwives and lactation professionals: self-justification

There is no question that aggressive promotion of the ideology of normal birth has led to tens if not hundreds of infant brain injuries and deaths in various hospital trusts around the UK. There is no question that midwives were excruciatingly aware that they were at fault; that’s why they hid the evidence. Yet I […]

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Maternal suffering has always been central to lactivism, but why do babies have to suffer too?

I understand why maternal suffering is central to lactivism. It, like other aspects of natural mothering (natural childbirth, attachment parenting) is meant to control women. It was literally designed to subordinate women’s intelligence, talents, needs and desires to the purported “imperatives” of full time mothering. Women’s needs and desires are therefore rendered invisible and treated […]

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Midwives and lactation professionals recapitulate physicians’ deadliest mistake

It’s described as the “largest maternity scandal in NHS history.” That’s saying something in a system that has suffered massive maternity scandals like Morecambe Bay. According to The Independent: Dozens of babies and three mothers died on the wards of a single hospital trust, in what is being described as the largest maternity scandal in […]

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Dr. Melissa Bartick uses make-believe math to avoid blame for deaths during skin-to-skin care

Melissa Bartick, MD has a forthcoming paper in the journal Pediatrics entitled Trends in Breastfeeding Interventions, Skin-to-Skin Care, and Sudden Infant Death in the First 6 Days after Birth. She claims her data show that the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative cannot possibly be blamed for sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) due to smothering during skin-to-skin […]

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Why don’t lactation consultants believe women?

Women tell inconvenient truths. That leaves us with two choices: we could believe them and deal with the resulting cognitive dissonance or we could ease our discomfort by insisting, without evidence, that they are wrong. Guess which is easier. For years women have been telling inconvenient truths about sexual aggression, harassment and assault. I doubt […]

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Fake news from Baby Friendly USA

No doubt it is very difficult to learn that the organization that you lead, Baby Friendly USA — the organization that pays you — is completely ineffective at its central task. But that doesn’t make it acceptable to respond with fake news. Fact vs. FIB: The Impact of Baby-Friendly on Breastfeeding Initiation Rates Is a […]

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Nature views babies as expendable. Who wants to emulate that?

The central conceit of contemporary natural mothering is that mothering in nature (including childbirth and breastfeeding) was perfectly designed and therefore we should emulate it. The “proof” is that we are still here. But there’s a big difference between the survival of the species and survival of individuals within the species. The reality is that […]

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Australia’s Maternity Consumer Network is run by providers and supported by industry

The Australian Maternity Consumer Network is mad at me! Well, we know we’re really getting somewhere when the birth world equivalent of Woman’s Day jumps on our viral media on Birth Trauma!! Yeah, nah thanks. The credibility of an American OB that fails to raise serious concerns about their own maternity system, is limited- American […]

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Lactivist philosophy is maternalist; my philosophy of breastfeeding is holistic

A new paper in Sociological Forum, Making Milk and Money: Contemporary Mothers’ Orientations to Breastfeeding and Work, is helping me clarify my thoughts about breastfeeding. Although typically presented as a medical issue, breastfeeding mandates are actually a philosophical issue. The author explores the different philosophies through the medium of women’s paid employment. She starts by […]

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Fight climate change: get an epidural instead of gas and air

Below are the characteristics of two types of pain relief in labor. Guess which one is favored by midwives. If you guessed “B,” you’d be wrong. True, it is easily adjustable, non sedating, has no impact on memory or oxygen levels and crosses the placenta in miniscule amounts if at all. But it’s the dreaded […]

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