Erin Duffy

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Vowing to get fit this year? Try giving body-obsessed media a wide berth

It is the time for fitness resolutions and promises of body transformations. Maybe you would like to be fitter, healthier and happier with yourself this year. Against a barrage of images that feast on your bodily insecurities, though, can you ever win?<p>A glance at body image in the media over the …

How did the media fail women in 2013?

The politician who called a blonde colleague an "abortion barbie" for campaigning for a woman's right to choose, the magazine editor who described women in his pages as "ornamental" and the the commentator who said: "I'm not saying she deserved to be raped, but …": these are just a few of the …

Few Women Over 50 Like Their Bodies, Study Shows

It's every husband's greatest fear. "Does this make me look fat?" his wife asks, as she hesitantly stands eyeing her figure in the mirror. Be careful what you say, gents. A new study shows that a meager 12.2 percent of women over 50 are happy with their overall body size.<p>Researchers at the …

The worst breastfeeding initiative I've ever come across

Unless you've been living on another planet the last few years, here's one thing you'll be certain about. Breast is best. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to get infections in their early months; probably won't get diarrhoea or constipation, which is virtually unknown; and are at lower risk …

Why we can't talk about breastfeeding

Motherhood is riven with insults and fear; it takes place in a solitary room and an amphitheatre where people shout curses or praise. How to do it? Each way has its traducers and heartaches. This week the Royal College of Midwives acknowledged that late motherhood, which often walks with …

Mayim Bialik Reminds Us All What Breastfeeding In Public Is Really About

Let's all give a serious hat-tip to <b>Mayim Bialik</b> , okay? The mama of two recently opened up to <i>Huffington Post</i> about everybody's favorite topic:</b> …

The best breastfeeding advice? Do what makes you happy

In a Costa Coffee in Channon retail park, near Eastleigh, Hampshire, sit five of the best adverts for new(ish) motherhood (their babies are all a year old) that modern life has.<p>Carrie, 33, with Jack, said: "If you named one thing that kept us going, it would be each other." They have the ancient …

Male Lawmakers Want To Make Breastfeeding Mandatory For Baby’s First Two Years

Lawmakers in Abu Dhabi have proposed that <b>all new moms breastfeed their babies until the age of two</b> , as part of a new law legislatures are …

Viewpoint: The Breast-Feeding Police Are Wrong About Formula

Pediatric researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have just discovered something that anthropologists (and moms around the world) …

To Succeed At Breast-Feeding, Most New Moms Could Use Help

The majority of new mothers try to breast-feed. But it's not easy.<p>Only 13 percent manage to breast-feed exclusively for the six months that are recommended for a baby's health. And, as you might expect, the moms who have trouble with breast-feeding in the first week with a new baby are the ones …

Paying women to breast-feed: U.K. program will give new mothers £200 to stay off formula.

Four years ago, <b>Slate</b>’s own Hanna Rosin wrote in <i>the Atlantic</i>, “when people say that breast-feeding is ‘free,’ I want to hit them with a two-by-four. …

Booming Demand For Donated Breast Milk Raises Safety Issues

The public health message that "breast is best" has been received loud and clear. More mothers in the U.S. are breast-feeding, and they're doing so longer than ever.<p>But those simple facts hide a complicated world where passions about breast milk run high, and demand has skyrocketed.<p>Women who have …

If we want to improve breast-feeding rates, we need to give trials like the governments £200 shopping voucher scheme a fair chance. <b>Guest Post by Trevor Mathers</b><p>On 12th Nov, TV house locator, soft furnishings wizard and mum, Kirsty Allsop tweeted <i>"Never have I had 100% agreement on any issue, never.</i> …

Should I breastfeed my baby to make him or her smarter?

How can you make a population smarter? Last week, research in the American journal JAMA Pediatrics showed that mothers' milk increases a child's intelligence. The study, from Boston Children's Hospital, found that breastfeeding for six months to a year was associated with better receptive language …

'Sexualised' Powerpuff Girls comic judged a boob by TV network

A Powerpuff Girls cover which "sexualised" the pre-teen characters has been withdrawn following calls for retailers to boycott the issue.<p>The American comic book retailer Dennis Barger highlighted an image which gave the trio breasts and dressed them in latex on Facebook earlier this week, asking …