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Two Million Cribs Recalled

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The government has issued a massive recall of drop-side cribs made by Stork Craft. Here’s the article and an excerpt:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said late Monday the recall involves 1.2 million cribs in the United States and almost 1 million in Canada, where Stork Craft is based. Sales of the cribs being recalled go back to 1993.
Nearly 150,000 of the cribs carry the Fisher-Price logo.
The CPSC said it is aware of four infants who suffocated in the drop-side cribs, which have a side that moves up and down to allow parents to lift children from the cribs more easily.
The Stork Craft cribs have had problems with their hardware, which can break, deform or become missing after years. CPSC said there can also be problems with assembly mistakes by the crib owner. These problems can cause the drop-side to detach, creating a dangerous space between the drop-side and the crib mattress, where a child can become trapped.
The commission is urging parents to stop using the cribs until receiving a free repair kit from Stork Craft.
The cribs, which were manufactured and distributed between January 1993 and October 2009, were sold at major retailers including BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sears and Wal-Mart stores and online through Target and Costco. They sold for between $100 and $400, and were made in Canada, China and Indonesia.
Consumer advocates have complained for years about drop-side cribs. More than 5 million of them have been recalled over the past two years alone — recalls that were associated with the deaths of a dozen young children.

Nicole Kidman’s Favorite Thing About Breastfeeding

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I can attest that this one is true. If you’ve never been, shall we say, well-endowed, then breastfeeding has a nice side benefit: real curves.

Nicole Kidman
says breastfeeding made her quite curvaceous, and was probably the reason she got a particular part in a new movie. From The New York Daily News:
“They’re not very big, my boobs, so they just became normal size. I loved it!” she titters in the December/January issue of Ladies’ Home Journal.
“I felt very Woman. When you’ve had a slightly androgynous body your whole life, having breasts is a nice feeling.”
Her country music hubby Keith Urban probably wasn’t complaining, either.
The “Bewitched” blond also cracks that business was swell after she bumped up a cup size or two, teasing in an Entertainment Tonight Canada interview that her bigger bosom is what clinched her role as a sultry beauty in the upcoming musical “Nine” starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
“[I had] big boobs because I was breast feeding – I was perfect for it,” she says. “I wouldn’t get cast now.”

Breastfeeding and Weight Loss

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The NYT has a great piece on breastfeeding and weight loss in tomorrow’s Style Section:
“…(D)oes breast-feeding actually speed weight loss in postpartum women? It depends.
Last year, an epidemiological study of 36,000 Danish women found that the more a mother breast-feeds, the less weight she retains six months after birth. A few factors determined how much she lost: whether a woman was overweight before pregnancy, what she gained while expecting and duration of nursing, said Kathleen M. Rasmussen, an author of the study and a nutrition professor at Cornell.
The study’s convincing data impressed experts like Cheryl A. Lovelady, a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. But, she said, referring to the Danish women, “we don’t breast-feed as long as they do.” Other studies, however, have found that breast-feeders don’t necessarily shed fat quicker than women who feed their newborns formula. A small double-blind randomized study conducted at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that non-lactating women lost more body fat than lactating women at six months, and at a faster rate. Karen Wosje, its lead author, suggested that the appetite stimulant prolactin could lead nursing mothers to overeat. Or the fact that non-lactating mothers were able to exercise more vigorously than the nursing mothers in the first half year may have tipped the scale in their favor.
…What then to make of tales of prodigious eating among thinning breast-feeders? Dr. Lovelady suspects some of them who say they eat without consequence used to be “restrained eaters.” That is, they ate fewer calories than they expended — say, 1,700 calories instead of 2,000 — which, counterintuitively, slowed their metabolism. Once pregnant, they ate enough to keep their metabolism humming for the sake of their baby. Postpartum, “they are losing a pound a week,” Dr. Lovelady said. Yet, “they are eating a whole lot more” since making milk requires about 500 calories daily.
Breast-feeding mothers face many obstacles: little hospital help, public squeamishness and too-short maternity leave. So advocates like Marsha Walker, a registered nurse who has helped lactating mothers since 1976, don’t hesitate to tout pro-baby and pro-mother reasons to nurse. Baby can get an immunity boost, and mothers with breast cancer in the family may lower their risk. (Nursing itself also helps the uterus shrink back to size.)

Breastfeeding News

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Some tidbits from the news:
Actress Marley Shelton, of the show Eleventh Hour, talks about breastfeeding to The Celebrity Baby blog.
Bravado,the makers of some very comfy breastfeeding bras (I used them), has started a new breastfeeding resource called The Bravado Breastfeeding Information Council. There was a live webcast today of a breastfeeding discussion. You’ll be able to access a re-cap shortly at this link.
And finally, The American Dietetic Association talks about the benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby:

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that exclusive breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition and health protection for the first 6 months of life and breastfeeding with complementary foods from 6 months until at least 12 months of age is the ideal feeding pattern for infants. Breastfeeding is an important public health strategy for improving infant and child morbidity and mortality and improving maternal morbidity and helping to control health care costs.