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...]

Giveaway: Leonisa Swimsuit

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Although it may not seem like it for many people on the East Coast, summer is coming (eventually!).  With summer comes pools, lakes, and oceans, and time at the beach with family having fun.  It all sounds lovely, but with that comes bathing suit season and if you’re like me, finding a bathing suit that fits nicely and isn’t stupidly overpriced is kind of like finding a … [Read more...]

Research Highlights Long-Term “Benefits” of Breastfeeding and Internet Goes Crazy

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A new study was released in the Lancet: Global Health the other day with the media picking up on the main finding that there are tangible, long-term benefits to breastfeeding.  Of course, the Internet being the Internet and some moms being some of the most delicate flowers around, there was the uproar of “How dare you judge me for using formula!” proceeded by attacks on the … [Read more...]

Educating the Experts – Lesson Six: The “Newborn Sleep Problem”

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It's been a while since I've worked on this series, having opted to try specific books instead.  However, what I found was that the themes in one book are apparent in every other so it seemed a better use to write a more general piece on the issues that run rampant in "sleep expert" books.  This next chapter handles the issue of the "newborn sleep problem".  Although it should … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Gentle Sleep Book by Sarah Ockwell-Smith

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It's here!  It's here! Yes, I'm excited that Sarah Ockwell-Smith's new book is finally here.  The Gentle Sleep Book is out (depending on where you live) and it's high-time.  Now if I said I was excited only because it's one of the most needed books out there, I wouldn't be being totally truthful.   No, part of my excitement lay in the fact that this was the first time I was … [Read more...]

Google Translates EP

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I acknowledge that a lot of what I write is rather heavy to digest.  These often aren't fluff pieces here that you share for fun.  Sometimes I get emails or comments from people telling me they basically couldn't finish the piece for lack of figuring out what the heck was going on.  So I thought I'd have a little fun with what I do and see how truly awkward my articles could … [Read more...]

‘It’s Just a Little Cortisol’: Why Rises in Cortisol Matter to Infant Development

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A couple years ago a preliminary study came out looking at the cortisol levels of infants undergoing extinction sleep training[1].  You see, for ages people had tried to claim that infants didn’t experience distress during this type of extinction sleep training.  They were simply “protesting” and were quite fine being left to cry on their own.  The researchers found that, on … [Read more...]

Sleep Training IS A Feminist Issue (Just Not in the Way You Think)

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To read the piece in German, click here thanks to Nora Imlau! There’s a piece making the rounds claiming that sleep training is a feminist issue.  In a nutshell, the author argues that because women disproportionately handle night time care (and the associated sleeplessness), that we need to support sleep training (specifically extinction methods like cry-it-out and … [Read more...]

Risky Parenting

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There’s a lot of discussion about risk these days, especially in the realm of parenting.  More specifically, there’s a massive backlash against any perceived risk that parents might take with the life of their child.  We can see it in comments about formula feeding, bedsharing, switching a car seat to forward facing at one year, sleep training, daycare, leaving a child … [Read more...]

Review: The Discontented Little Baby Book

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I have to start this review with an apology.  I received this book a while ago and had fully intended on reviewing it in October.  Then the proverbial sh!t hit the fan in my personal life and everything got pushed aside.  I was finally able to start reading this over the holidays and can write up on it now.  Why apologize?  Because this means there has been three months in … [Read more...]