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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 →

When Kids Crash Your Boys Club

So a political boffin was doing a live TV interview, when his small children crashed the scene. Boffin remains remarkably composed, meanwhile said children are extracted from the room by their mother. Hilarious viral video ensues. Children videobomb South Korea expert's live... Continue Reading →

Feeding Fear

Stories are powerful. Humans are storytelling creatures. Through stories, we teach, share, shape. Stories can transport us, they can connect us or divide us. Stories have meaning and purpose. A well told story can change the world. That the Fed... Continue Reading →

Prescription for Failure

The young man walks into his GP's office. He seems stressed. "How are you today?" the doctor asks. The young man turns red. "Well..." he clears his throat. "I'm having some problems. With sex." "Tell me what's been going on," the doctor says. The... Continue Reading →

When fed is racist

Infant feeding is a human rights issue. Globally, only about 1/3 of infants under 6 months are exclusively breastfed. The World Health Organisation estimates that increasing breastfeeding to near-universal rates could prevent 800,000 child deaths annually, the majority of these... Continue Reading →

Notes on a scandal

Earlier this week, a film crew turned up at our house to interview me about my experiences of my own children being 'lunchbox shamed' at their preschool, after a friend received a note home chastising her for putting razor blades a... Continue Reading →

Nursing in the trenches: when breastfeeding is a battlefield

This is a modified version of a post I wrote in 2014, while working through long term breastfeeding difficulties with my thirdborn. Please note I am writing here from a personal perspective, not in my role as a breastfeeding counsellor.  ... Continue Reading →

You’ve Got Fail

In the months after my first baby was born, I nearly went out of my mind with sleep deprivation. It wasn't that he was a 'bad sleeper' (although at the time it certainly felt like it). He was a pretty normal... Continue Reading →

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