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...]

Guess What? Parents Do Matter to Child Well-Being (and Not Just When They’re Kids)

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How much do parents matter?  Well, oddly it’s a question that has been asked and answered in so many different ways, it’s difficult to tell.  On one extreme, we have the likes of Judith Harris who argued that peer relationships are far more important than any parental relationship, especially later in adolescence.  On the other, we have the likes of Gordon Neufeld who believes … [Read more...]

Does Formal Education Make You Smarter?

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Does formal education make you smarter?  It’s a question that many people actually assume an answer to, namely that of course it does!  It’s why we have schools and formal education, right?  It’s why we go on to get various degrees, right?  Eh… Not so fast.  Although people have often assumed that the more you formally educate yourself, the smarter you become, not everyone has … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The “Secret Sauce” for Peaceful Communities

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By James Davis When I tell other camp directors that my camp leadership didn’t have a single discussion about sending kids home for disciplinary reasons last summer, many immediately make a number of assumptions.  “We have a lot of kids from the city, so that’d never happen at our camp,” they’ll say, not realizing that we, too, bring a huge percentage of our kids to camp on … [Read more...]

Toddler “Sleep Problems”: Should We Be Worried?

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Last week an article came out in JAMA Pediatrics that got a lot of media attention.  The basis of the article was looking at the long-term effects of sleep “problems” in toddlers.  Let it be known now that there is a dearth of research on this topic.  When many people jump up and down about how bad sleep habits in the younger years will result in lifelong problems, they have … [Read more...]

Being a “Good Samaritan”: Kids in Cars

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Lately there has been a lot of discussion about children in cars.  Women are being arrested and charged with remarkable crimes like picking up toilet paper while leaving a sleeping child in the car just outside for periods of 3-5 minutes.  People online admit they would immediately call 911 if they saw a child in the car, regardless of circumstance. Folks, what happened to … [Read more...]

Judgment and Justice

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Last week I posted on the research that found higher IQ was associated with breastfeeding regardless of socio-economic status, dealing with some of the comments and questions that arose from the media pick-up of this research.  One of the biggest obstacles was the outcry of “stop shaming formula moms”.  I addressed this in my post, but it’s part of a much larger dialogue … [Read more...]