The following is a talk I presented at the 2016 Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement Conference this past October in Toronto, ON on feminism, patriarchy, and mothering.
I feel like sleep trainers are like a mythical monster where every time you cut off one head with science and reason, two more take their place that are even more dangerous than before. In the last few months alone, the media has highlighted this method of locking your child in a room for 12 hours a day under the guise of “helping” your child and a method of sleep training newborns by not feeding them at night.
Many Australians woke this morning to scare mongering about bedsharing thanks to articles in their papers. Notably, claims that 25 babies died in the parent bed last year are leading to people declaring bedsharing should be illegal and even some people are being investigated for it (I kid you not).
Research is always held up to scrutiny, as it should be, but it seems these days that any research finding that shows an "advantage" to breastfed babies faces criticism large and loud, sometimes legitimate, but sometimes making one wonder what the agenda really is. If we look at the breastfeeding research, can we really say there's mass ineptness? Or is there something to it?