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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Circumcision, Pain, and the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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A new study has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine reporting a higher risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in boys who have undergone infant circumcision[1].  Not just some small increased risk either, but a risk in the range of approximately 80%.  What prompted this research?  How good is the research?  What take-home messages are there? The … [Read more...]

New Video Tries to Scare Parents Into Not Bedsharing

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So the following video is making the rounds on the interweb as a means of discouraging parents from bedsharing.  Take a moment and watch it yourself (I recommend staying away from hard things you might bang your head on, causing injury): Hello Ms. Cop.  Might I first ask what your qualifications are to talk about infant sleep and safety?  Are you a researcher on the … [Read more...]

Bedsharing and Formula Feeding

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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...]

Bedsharing Beyond Infancy: The Question of Independence

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Abstract: Bedsharing in Western cultures is often looked down upon and considered socially inappropriate.  In the younger ages, safety fears run rampant, but even when these fears subside, bedsharing remains taboo.  The largest cultural concern with bedsharing beyond infancy is that somehow it will stifle a child's social development, particularly in the realm of independence. … [Read more...]

Does Bedsharing Cause “Sleep Problems”?

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A study in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics[1] has made rounds recently with a bold claim that bedsharing actually harms infant sleep at 18 months by doubling the risk of “sleep problems”.  Having read the entire study I can say I’m rather confused by their claims given the data and feel the research really only speaks to one thing: Providing normative … [Read more...]