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Lactimonious: lactivists addicted to self-righteousness

According to scientist and author David Brin: [S]elf-righteousness can also be heady, seductive, and even … well … addictive. Any truly honest person will admit that the state feels good. The pleasure of knowing, with subjective certainty, that you are right and your opponents are deeply, despicably wrong. Or, that your method of helping others […]

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What coronavirus modeling can teach us about breastfeeding modeling

As Dr. Anthony Fauci explained last week: What we do is that every time we get more data, you feed it back in and relook at the model. Is the model really telling you what is actually going on?Models are as good as the assumptions you put into them, and as we get more data, […]

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COVID-19 and the medicalization of bonding

Pregnant women and new mothers are terrified that they might pass COVID-19 to their infants. It’s a justified fear; if they are infected at the time of birth, they might need to be separated from their infants until they recover. Sadly, pregnant women and new mothers have also been terrorized into believing that any separation […]

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Breastfeeding professionals admit they were wrong. When will they apologize for the suffering they caused?

It has happened again. Another major breastfeeding professional has been forced to acknowledge what I have been writing about for more than a decade: breastfeeding has a significant failure rate! Indeed, the language Dr. Alison Stuebe uses almost perfectly mirrors what I have written repeatedly in the past. In Breastfeeding, Like Every Other Organ System, […]

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Science, logic and the burden of proof

Anyone who has read my blog or Facebook page for any length of time knows that I rarely censor comments. I am happy to argue with anyone, no matter how outrageous their claims, because there’s always a possibility I can convince readers, if not the commentor herself. Like anyone trained in science, I argue using […]

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For lack of a vaccine …

For lack of a vaccine life as we know it has ground to a halt. For lack of a vaccine Americans are being sickened in the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions. For lack of a vaccine Americans are dying in the thousands, soon to be tens of thousands, ultimately hundreds of thousands and hopefully not […]

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Melissa Bartick drops her extravagant claims on the benefits of breastfeeding

Dr. Melissa Bartick has probably done more than any other individual to grossly exaggerate the benefits of breastfeeding. That’s why her latest piece, promoting breastfeeding in the age of COVID-19, is remarkable: the spurious claims are gone. Enumerating the benefits of breastfeeding, Bartick offers this: breastfeeding reduces the risk of ear infections and diarrhea What […]

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Newborn early onset COVID-19

Lack of data is one of the things that is hampering us most in providing effective guidance and care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps nowhere is that more obvious than in the care of pregnant women who are ill with coronavirus at the time of delivery. Fortunately, medical journals are rushing data online as fast […]

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Ending social distancing soon would be an economic and social disaster. Here’s why:

Your money or your life! Many Republican politicians believe that is the choice we face. They are arguing to end social distancing restrictions in order to bolster the faltering economy. I understand the sentiment. All along I have been more worried about the economic impact of COVID-19 than the medical impact. Yes, I fear the […]

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The pros and cons of homebirth in the age of coronavirus

I’ve received quite a few private messages asking whether homebirth is a better option than hospital birth in the age of coronavirus. Let me start by acknowledging that I don’t know. No one knows; our lack of testing means that we don’t know how prevalent the virus is in the population or how likely a […]

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