If you’ve had a baby in the last few decades, you probably remember hearing one seemingly incontrovertible, science-clad mantra: “Breast is Best.” But more and more clinicians and researchers are saying that the adage overstates the science. A growing community is speaking out against the pressure for all parents to breastfeed exclusively, and the real harm it can cause to infants, parents, communities, and public health. I’ve covered infant feeding in Forbes, Slate, SELF Magazine, SciMoms, SciShow, and my Woo Watch column. I’ll take you through the history of infant feeding, the formula industry’s predatory practices, what the science really says, and why I’m a champion of informed choice for new parents, including the choice to formula feed.
Kavin is a writer and journalist covering science, health, medicine, agriculture, food, parenting, and their intersection. Her work appears at SELF Magazine, Slate, Forbes, SciShow, SciMoms, and her Woo Watch column at Skeptical Inquirer. She’s also the co-host of Point of Inquiry, the podcast for the Center for Inquiry. When she’s not writing and tweeting, she’s working at her family business, spending time with her husband and dogs, and being a “Science Mom” to an 8-year-old and 6-year-old.
This talk took place at the CSICon 2019 in Las Vegas on October 18, 2019.