Counting Down the Top Posts of 2015

As 2015 closes out, I count down the top 10 most-viewed posts on EP this year. Interestingly, there wasn't a single topic that stood out, with everything from breastfeeding to sleep to staying-at-home making the list.

I Am A Lactivist

I am a lactivist. It's not because I think women should be forced to breastfeed. It's because I think women ought to have choice and support.

“Overselling Breast-Feeding” Misses the Mark

Are we "overselling" breastfeeding? Are advocates trying to force women to breastfeed? Or are we looking for changes to a system that have only ever provided the illusion of choice?

Breastfeeding and IQ: No, Breast Milk Is Not a Magical Elixir (But It’s Still Amazing!)

New headlines suggest that there is no link between breastfeeding and IQ, but a closer look at the research suggests this isn't what can be said. It seems we're no further along in answering this question than before.

Chemicals Found in Breast Milk: Is It Enough to Negate the “Benefits”?

More backlash against breastfeeding hits the news with a study looking at contaminants in breast milk. Should we really reconsider promoting breastfeeding? Could formula be superior?

New Research Supports Including Evolutionary Breastfeeding in Health Comparisons

Two new pieces of research support the idea that we need to be including evolutionary breastfeeding when looking at feeding outcomes. Without that, we fail to get the whole picture.

Understanding the Important Relationship Between Sleep and Feeding Method

Two new pieces of research highlight the intricate relationship between feeding method and sleep in infants, notably how parents perceive their child's sleep. Importantly, there are implications for the idea of building "bad habits" and sleep training.

The Role of Early Diagnosis of Tongue-Ties on Breastfeeding Success

A sizeable number of infants are born with a tongue-tie which can negatively affect breastfeeding. Research shows the importance of identifying and releasing tongue-ties early to aid in breastfeeding success.

Breastfeeding and Childhood Leukemia

A new meta-analysis confirms previous ones finding a relationship between a reduced risk for childhood leukemia and breastfeeding. So why is there such a fuss?

Review: Breast Intentions by Allison Dixley

My review of Allison Dixley's Breast Intentions. It isn't what I expected. It was more than I expected and it's a book I strongly recommend.