Do C-Sections Increase the Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

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C-sections have been making the news recently as more research sets out to better understand long-term impacts of the delivery method given the rather dramatic rise in their use.  Previous research has found increased risks for a variety of ailments, including asthma, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease[1], and bipolar disorder[2].  Of interest in the new research being covered … [Read more...]

A Critical Look at California’s Bill SB 277

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This week California passed bill SB 277, removing the religious and personal exemptions for vaccine refusal for children attending public schools and daycares.  The bill is set to strengthen current laws on the books that say students must be fully immunized to enter schools by removing non-medical exemptions and extending it downward to other social areas for children, like … [Read more...]

Do You Know Your Baby?

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Do you know your baby? For most parents, the question would seem ridiculous.  Of course they know their baby!  What kind of parents wouldn’t know their baby?  They know when they were born, they know the schedule they have put the baby on, they know the baby eats the food they have decided to give baby, and they often know when baby needs a diaper change.  But does this really … [Read more...]

Long-Term Effects of Delayed Cord Clamping Found

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For some time it has been known that babies benefit from delayed cord clamping.  I have reviewed the research on it here on EP and it’s pretty clear that delayed clamping is superior, even for preterm babies or babies who need resuscitation there are benefits to keeping them attached to the cord for just 30 seconds.  The main findings on the “benefits” of “delayed” cord … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding and Childhood Leukemia

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The other week, breastfeeding made headlines again as a new meta-analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics[1] found that breastfeeding was associated with a “reduced risk” for childhood leukemia.  First, I will say the article uses “reduced risk”, but from a biological perspective, it is an increased risk when using formula.  Second, for anyone that doesn’t know what a … [Read more...]

Review: Breast Intentions by Allison Dixley

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I’ve been meaning to write this for a while.  I read the bulk of this book in February then returned to crazy, end-of-PhD-hell and finishing it took a bit of a back seat.  I finished it not long ago but as everything is taking longer these days, this again fell to the wayside. Then I was sent this link by a reader, a year old, but it screamed at me that this was the exact … [Read more...]

Formula Privilege: Why It Needs to be Acknowledged

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I am a breastfeeder.  My nearly 5-year-old daughter still likes to suckle and nurse even though my milk dried up from stress and illness months ago.  As a breastfeeder, it’s important for me to acknowledge the many privileges I had that enabled me to get to where I am.  I had a full year’s maternity leave from school, I grew up in a home where nursing – and full term nursing – … [Read more...]

The Problem With Breastfeeding Research That No One is Talking About

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It seems a week can’t go by without another article going viral by someone trying to dismantle the “benefits of breastfeeding” (or really the risk associated with formula use, as the biological norm is breastfeeding).  One could almost think that this justification for formula use is being peddled by the formula companies themselves, but alas, it seems to be women fighting to … [Read more...]

Epigenetics and Breastfeeding

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Ever wonder why everything seems to happen faster in a second pregnancy?  Why breastfeeding is often easier the second time around?  It turns out it’s not just because you’ve been there and done that and know what to expect, but rather that your body actually remembers pregnancy and breastfeeding and can prepare itself better because certain epigenetic markers are already in … [Read more...]

The Future of Evolutionary Parenting

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For those that don’t know, I began EP when my daughter was under a year.  My husband pushed me to do it.  I say it’s because he got sick of being the only one to hear my rants about how far we’ve strayed from what is biologically and historically normal and how the science is being misrepresented in the media, he just says he believed in me.  Perhaps a bit of both. When I … [Read more...]