Suzanne Barston is the former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women’s interest, and science/health topics. She is the author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogs as her alter ego, the “Fearless Formula Feeder”.
Suzanne Barston began writing about infant feeding issues after struggling to breastfeed her first child, and finding virtually no guidance or support when she switched to formula feeding. What began as a personal quest for information and commiseration turned into a 3-year, intensive immersion into both the social and medical science surrounding the breast-versus-bottle debate.
The Fearless Formula Feeder website – or “FFF”, as it’s known to an international fan base representing over 40 countries – supports parents dealing with issues of guilt, fear, conflict and uncertainty regarding infant feeding difficulties and choices through critical assessments of research, pithy commentary, practical advice, and a weekly series allowing parents to share stories in a cathartic way.
Suzanne Barston was raised just outside of Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2000. After living and working in Chicago and London, she now resides in suburban Los Angeles with her husband, the photographer Steven Barston, and their two obnoxiously cute children. She and her husband were featured on two award-winning online reality series for Pampers.com, A Parent is Born and Welcome to Parenthood, about their pregnancy and first years as parents.
Suzanne’s writing and her work with FFF and Bottled Up have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, SheKnows.com, Babble.com, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Parenting, Babytalk, OhBaby!, Fit Pregnancy, The Observer, Yahoo Shine!, Australia’s Good Weekend magazine, and on a variety of radio programs including KPCC’s “Take Two”, numerous NPR affiliates, “Parenting Unplugged”, “Positive Parenting”, “Mom Enough”, “For Crying Out Loud”, “Voice of Russia”, and more. Suzanne Barston was honored to be one of the keynote Voices of the Year in 2012 for the annual BlogHer conference.
Since the publication of Bottled Up, Suzanne Bartson has been focused on advocacy work, urging medical and governmental authorities to provide more culturally sensitive, individualized support and education to all parents in regards to infant feeding. She is developing the “Family Friendly Hospital” program, which will work with hospitals as they become Baby-Friendly Certified, softening their approach towards those who have opted to formula feed and ensuring that they provide adequate, respectful, evidence-based assistance and educational materials to bottle-feeding parents.
Suzanne Barston is working on a second health-related non-fiction manuscript, as well as a novel.