Is Formula Feeding Worse Than Smoking?
When you read the title you probably thought, ‘But formula is nothing like smoking, jeeeeez!’ On the contrary, there are numerous parallels. In this post I’m going to set out, not only why formula feeding is like smoking, but why it may even be considered worse. Firstly, a common thread between formula feeding and smoking is consumption patterns. They both follow...
A Word About Nazis
If there’s something Defensive Formula Feeders (DFFs) love even more than visiting breastfeeding discussion forums, it’s resorting to Godwin’s Law during said discussions: “As an online discussion grows longer and more heated, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches” (Wikipedia definition of Godwin’s Law). Otherwise known as “Playing the Hitler card”, it involves trying to refute an opponent's view by...
Monetising Mammaries
Have you heard the latest? The NHS (UK health service) is running a pilot scheme in which it will pay mothers from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to breastfeed. Up to £200 in shopping vouchers from some of Britain’s top retailers could be bagged by mothers who breastfeed for the coveted period of 6 months. Cue nervous breakdowns from the pro-choice lobby. Whether a mother...
Why Married Parents Are Better Parents
Recently, a topic was posted on The Alpha Parent forum, asking the question: “Do married parents make better parents?” Predictably, a tussle ensued between the pro-marriage lobby and the cohabitors' club. So, what’s all the fuss about? Marriage is just a piece of paper, right? Wrong! In this post I’m going to argue why married parents are better parents, dispelling a few myths...
In recent years there has been a welcome cultural shift in the way our society (the scientific and medical communities at least) views breastfeeding. Research has re-established breastfeeding as the normative ideal for infant feeding, partly-facilitated by a boom in breastfeeding activism. However this growing pro-baby culture has produced a particular breed of formula feeder – the ‘Defensive Formula Feeder’ (or...
When everyone in the house knows what the plastic cups are for. When you repeatedly look at your chart during the day, as if the temps may magically change. When you can't sleep at night because you know tomorrow's temp is the MOST IMPORTANT temperature you'll take all cycle. When you check your cervical position and cervical mucus...
What My Friends Think I Do
I'm sure you've all seen the viral memes currently doing the rounds on Facebook and other social networking venues: "What my friends think I do Vs What I actually do". I've created one in honour of breastfeeding mums: And not to leave out the formula feeding mums:  
Comparing Father’s Day and Mother’s Day Cards
Spring. It’s the time of year when we see bleating lambs, blooming flowers, cuddly chicks, and an influx of parental stereotypes clogging up greeting card stores. Take a look! Your local store will inevitably showcase the so-called heartfelt messages about dad's flatulence, couch potato tendencies and unhealthy drinking habits, alongside Mum’s unhealthy shopping addiction and domestic slavery. Here are...
“Mommy’s Getting A Boob Job”
What would you like for Mother’s Day? A meal out? A bottle of perfume? A bouquet of flowers? Breast augmentation surgery? Of all the mothers I’ve spoken to, most declare that they would consider a boob job after they’re done breeding. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2007, one third of the 348,000 breast...
Breastmilk Storage Bags – Modelled By Men
Conceived and executed by Monday, an ad agency based in Bangkok, Thailand, this ad campaign jumps on the male breastfeeding bandwagon ignited earlier in the year by that guy who got shunned by La Leche League. The ads depict various men from across the generations lovingly nursing babies. From ‘grandpa’ to ‘brother’ (these are the labels given to the respective...