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Breastfeeding Discussion on WNYC: Interview with Author Joan B. Wolf

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And something else from WNYC. An interview on the Brian Lehrer call in show with Joan B. Wolf, assistant professor of Women’s Studies at Texas A&M University. Her new book, Is Breast Best?: Taking on the Breastfeeding Experts and the New High Stakes of Motherhood.

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Video Interview With Breastfeeding Mom on WNYC.org

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IRS Says Breastpumps are Tax Deductible

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Now here’s some good news from the IRS! Not something you’d expect every day… breast pump expenses are now tax deductible. From the Washington Post:

The ruling, long sought by advocates, means that women will be able to use money set aside in pretax spending accounts to buy the pumps and related equipment, which can cost several hundred dollars. For women without flexible spending accounts, the cost of pumps will be tax deductible if their total medical costs exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income.

Previously, the IRS considered breast pumps to be feeding equipment, not medical devices. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics argued that breastfeeding has many medical benefits for both mother and baby. Advocates hope that making breast pumps more affordable will enable more women to breastfeed longer.

Video Trailer for New iPad App of The Three Little Pigs

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So here’s something I’ve been working on lately… I’m helping with publicity for the launch of a very cool iPad app from a new children’s publisher called Nosy Crow.  It’s a version of The Three Little Pigs and it’s unlike any story book you remember from when you were a kid.  Totally interactive, catchy music, children narrators… all the different places to tap means kids can really own the story and direct the action. Our boys have been testing it for months and they love it. You’ll have to wait until it goes on sale in the app store on February 17th to see the whole thing.  But in the meantime, watch this video and enjoy!

The Dangers of Crib Bumpers

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When our first son was born I remember debating whether or not to put bumpers on his crib.  I liked the way they matched the sheets.  And the displays in the store always looked so nice.  But then I started to read stuff about the suffocation dangers of bumpers.  I found mixed information, and our pediatrician didn’t have a strong opinion.  So I got suckered into buying the bumpers.  I stopped using them, however,  as soon as I realized they obstructed my view of the baby.

Since then, the data has become much more clear.  And now The Consumer Product Safety Commission is taking a closer look at bumpers and other sleep products.  From the NYT:

Three years ago, Dr. Bradley Thach, a professor of pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis, published findings that had the potential to upend nurseries across the nation, and perhaps save some lives too.

Dr. Bradley Thach’s findings about the dangers of crib bumpers are now getting a second look by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

In reviewing data from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Dr. Thach concluded that crib bumpers — the padding wrapped around the inside of a crib that often matches the bedding—were killing babies. In a 10-year period beginning in 1995, he found 27 suffocation deaths involving bumper pads, and he theorized that many more might have occurred because of inconsistencies in the data.

“Because bumpers can cause death, we conclude that they should not be used,” he warned.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission initially ignored the findings. Last summer, it reached the same conclusion as a trade group representing product manufacturers, which asserted that other factors, like a crib crowded with pillows or babies sleeping on their stomachs, might have been a factor in those deaths, rather than the bumpers. As a result, most parents remained unaware of the debate over the safety of crib bumpers.

Now, prompted by consumer advocates and news reports highlighting potential dangers, the commission has reversed itself and decided to take a deeper look at crib bumpers as part of a broader regulatory crackdown on the hazards of an extensive line of baby sleep products that have been blamed for more injuries and deaths…