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World (REDACTED) Week

It’s World Breastfeeding Week, which means the annual flood of articles and advertorials which paint breastfeeding in a negative light is in peak flow. You’ll never hear as much about mastitis, low supply, cracked nipples, and sleep deprivation as you... Continue Reading →

On Milli, and Mothers

This is just going to be a quick one, as I am writing this at my kitchen bench during lockdown the middle of the Sydney COVID outbreak, while attempting to assist three children with home learning and keep the lid... Continue Reading →

Irreversible Damage, Irreplaceable Loss

I love books... but the shelves are full and the budget is tight. And so, I am very thankful to live in a city with a wonderful library network which enables me not only to access most books I’m keen to... Continue Reading →

We need to talk about surrogacy (and breastfeeding)

On May 1, CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper announced the birth of a son, Wyatt. As a single gay man, Cooper was for obvious reasons unable to have a baby himself - Wyatt was conceived using eggs which had been... Continue Reading →

Invisible Mothers in the age of Coronavirus

An unexpected side effect of COVID-19 appears to be that biological sex is both real and mentionable again! Who'd have thunk it!         It is becoming clear from global patterns of disease morbidity and mortality that men... Continue Reading →

Breastfeeding in the Age of the Expert

Over the weekend I came across an article on SBS Online titled “I’m lucky I could afford to pay $200 for breastfeeding support”. It was a couple of months old, published during World Breastfeeding Week 2019, in the wake of... Continue Reading →

Let’s Celebrate However You Feed Your Baby Month

Last week the US National Perinatal Association marked Breastfeeding Awareness Month by releasing 40+ icons which "recognise and honour everyone who does their best to give our babies what they need". The icons feature mothers of diverse cultural backgrounds and skin... Continue Reading →

Adventures in Breastfeeding Thoughtcrime: The Milk Meg Edition

Every now and then (ok, probably much more often than that!) something comes along and makes me wonder if I'm living in a parallel universe. Yesterday, it was a post popping up on my feed from The Milk Meg, hosted... Continue Reading →

“Stick to the Script”: LLLUSA’s guide to silencing dissent

Following my recent post responding to La Leche League International's decision to not just drink - but go in to full scale production of - gender flavoured kool-aid, a colleague sent me a message containing a link and three words:... Continue Reading →

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