Science

Scientist Mom Shows That Breast Milk Is Not Sterile…and That Pasteurization is Amazing

Áine Blanchard Quimby, scientist, breastfeeding mom, and woo fighter extraordinaire, decided to do some science for fun and to prove a point about raw milk and pasteurization. Caveat: While she does have experience in sterility labs and culturing bacteria, food science is not her area of specialization. Introduction: I conducted this experiment with …

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Pregnancy & Childbirth

Grounded Pregnancy: Are You Planning to Breastfeed? And Other Personal Questions People Ask Pregnant People

Random Stranger: Are you planning to breastfeed your baby? Me: Wow, that’s a really personal question. I didn’t realize it was any of your business, but since we are clearly close friends, how often do you masturbate? Sadly, I haven’t responded this way. It’s on the running list of l’esprit de l’escalier …

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BabiesFeminism

Lactivist or Feminist: Pick One

We need to stop telling women what to do with their bodies. Period. This includes how they choose to feed their babies. They are experts in their own lives. We do not know more about what’s best for them and their babies than they do. We simply don’t. And it’s not feminist …

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BabiesFeminismLanguage

Hands Off My Boobs – the Economics of Breast Milk vs Breastfeeding

Earlier this week, Mary wrote a post about the inherent fallacy of the argument that “breast milk is free”. I agree with everything that Mary said up to a point. That point being that I don’t think she went far enough and frankly, I think she was too nice to …

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BabiesFood

Bust a Myth: Breastfeeding Advocates Need to Stop Using this Statistic!

Almost every class, website, online discussion, book, brochure and conversation related to breastfeeding references a statistic: “only 1-5% of women are unable to breastfeed.” “an estimated 1 to 5 percent of women are physically unable to produce enough milk to feed their babies.” “less than 5% of women experience lactation failure.” …

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