Breastfeeding and Childhood Leukemia

Source: Unknown

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

breast intentions

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

Source: Unknown

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

Breastfeeding Formula Ingredients

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...]

Judgment and Justice


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...]

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

Breastfeeding Formula Ingredients

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...]

Risky Parenting


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...]

That Similac Ad (You Know the One)

the matrix

Similac has won the Internet and marketing in general with a new ad that has most moms crying out "Yes!" Here it is for context (potential trigger warning for implied possible harm to child): I'll be honest, I didn't like it.  At all.  I appreciate what they've done, but I didn't like it.  At first I chose to ignore it.  After all, I didn't like it, but many others … [Read more...]

Bedsharing and Formula Feeding

Copyright: Kirill Federspiel

Sleeping with your baby is as old as human history.  It is a biological norm for our babies to want to be close to us (and for most of us, for us to be close to them).  It is a practice that has been condemned in our current society, with fears of suffocation and SIDS leading the way, and most parents have been told flat-out to avoid it.  However, the practice is increasing as … [Read more...]

Does the “Breastfeeding Contract” Shame Mothers?

Source: Fraser Health

I live in British Columbia, Canada (BC for short) and lately one of our health regions has been making news with the accusation that they are forcing mothers to sign a “breastfeeding contract”.  There are articles out there declaring that women are being “shamed” for formula feeding and raising anxiety for women who have problems breastfeeding because of this sheet.  The very … [Read more...]