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Chest Feeding in Emergencies

When April Neubauer suffered seizures during her labour, and again during her emergency cesarean birth, she was taken away for further treatment and recovery, having not yet held her daughter. According to her father, Maxamillian: "A nurse came out with... Continue Reading →

When breastfeeding is for everyone (except the baby)

It’s been a while since I’ve published a blog. #sorrynotsorry – my top priority in the past year or so has been protecting my mental health and breastfeeding relationship with my daughter. I’ll write more about that some time but... Continue Reading →

  Australian feminist and author Clementine Ford this week published a column in Fairfax headed “Why nobody is more judgmental than middle class mothers”. In her article Ford, who is mother to a young son, writes against the subjection of... Continue Reading →

Breastfeeding is not a neutral act

Language matters. The words we use have great power – power to communicate, power to mobilise, power to heal, power to harm.  Language can also disempower; structural and physical violence is easily perpetuated by a few carefully (or carelessly) applied... Continue Reading →

Dear Rory, We read your column* in The Sunday Mail during our Lactation Luncheon today. Gosh, we're famous! We are so glad you have absolutely no problem with breastfeeding in public (or as we like to call it, leaving the... Continue Reading →

The AMA attempts to relieve the pressure

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is Australia's peak body for medical practitioners and medical students. According to the AMA Code of Ethics, one of their guiding principles is: Breastfeeding is at the forefront of public health issues affecting the health... Continue Reading →

All Feeding Methods Matter

It's World Breastfeeding Week 2017, and as usual the river of anti-breastfeeding messaging is well and truly in flood. Like clockwork, the formula companies got started the week before WBW, with Nestle launching their 'Start Healthy Stay Healthy' campaign in... Continue Reading →

Dove: playing dirty with infant health

"75% say breastfeeding in public is fine, 25% say put them away. What's your way?" "36% are for feeding him when he cries, 64% are passionately against it. What's your way?" So goes the sparkly new marketing campaign from Baby... Continue Reading →

Predatory Lactivist Ableist Ideology

May 18 in the USA has been declared a Day of Action to Protect Parents and Babies. This Day of Action is supported by Best for Babes Foundation, 1,000 Days, ROSE, and Commercial Alert, in order to encourage grassroots action challenging... Continue Reading →

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