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Here’s the link to a CNN column by Elizabeth Cohen, CNN’s Senior Medical Correspondent. The story talks about some of the challenges moms face learning to breastfeed; it gives stats on the rates of breastfeeding; and mentions an Australian study that found that breastfed babies fared better academically when they got older.
From US Magazine, here’s what Celine Dion had to say about breastfeeding her twins:
Five months after giving birth to twins Nelson and Eddy with hubby René Angelil, Celine Dion has reclaimed her svelte physique.
Her secret? Breastfeeding. “You get busy with twins and you feed them so they help you to recover very fast,” Dion, 42, told Canada’s Etalk. “So I helped them help me.” (Dion endured six rounds of IVF treatments before getting pregnant with the twins, born via C-section on Oct. 23. )
The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its recommendations on car seat usage. The AAP’s new policy now recommends that children remain in rear-facing car seats until age two. Here is a summary of the new recommendations:
This policy statement provides 4 evidence-based recommendations for best practices in the choice of a child restraint system to optimize safety in passenger vehicles for children from birth through adolescence: (1) rear-facing car safety seats for most infants up to 2 years of age; (2) forward-facing car safety seats for most children through 4 years of age; (3) belt-positioning booster seats for most children through 8 years of age; and (4) lap-and-shoulder seat belts for all who have outgrown booster seats. In addition, a fifth evidence-based recommendation is for all children younger than 13 years to ride in the rear seats of vehicles. It is important to note that every transition is associated with some decrease in protection; therefore, parents should be encouraged to delay these transitions for as long as possible.
And from Parenting.com:
Previously, the AAP advised parents to keep kids rear-facing as long as possible, up to the maximum limit of the car seat, and this has not changed. But it also cited one year and 20 pounds as the minimum for flipping the seat, which many parents and pediatricians interpreted as conventional wisdom on the best time to make the switch. The new policy clarifies the AAP’s recommendation, making age two the new guideline—a real game-changer for parents of toddlers.
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A doctor, who was working in a hospital overcome by the tsunami water, is a new father. And a group of primary school children, some of whom lost parents and family members in the disaster, had their school graduation. Here’s the link:
CNN has a fascinating piece on a midwife who has worked in areas hit hard by natural disasters. Here’s the interview, and a video in which she describes burning, rather than cutting the umbilical cord, in order to avoid infection.
From the New York Times…
For legions of lactating women in one of Manhattan’s most productive precincts, it has become an essential destination: a place to buy breast pumps and BPA-free bottles, and to bond over the myriad challenges of what is supposed to be the most natural thing in the world. The windowless emporium on West 70th Street has not just nursing bras but nursing blouses, nursing tank tops and nursing dresses, with a name, though high in snicker potential, that perfectly captures the neighborhood zeitgeist: The Upper Breast Side.
But now, the boutique is colliding with another symbol of Manhattan life: the powerful board and picayune rules of a fancy apartment building, in this case the Pythian, a legendary landmark originally built as an exclusive — and, yes, all-male — lodge.
After a member of the board of the Pythian, a condominium whose ground-floor space the Upper Breast Side occupies, complained that its brass door was improperly ajar — and fined it $250 — the owner, Felina Rakowski-Gallagher, filed a discrimination complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights. The door, she said, was too heavy for pregnant women and stroller-pushing mothers to open safely.
The state found “sufficient evidence” to support the complaint, and recommended a public hearing; a settlement conference is scheduled for March 23. Meanwhile, the board of the Pythian has escalated the argument, saying that the Upper Breast Side is not a consultancy or resource center, as Ms. Rakowski-Gallagher described it when she bought the space five years ago — but a retail store…
From Slate… an amazing series of photos of women doing all sorts of work…from building airplanes, to farming to preparing to do surgery. Thanks to @laurenashburn for pointing this out to me.
There’s a fantastic one day sale of $1.99 right now on The Three Little Pigs from Nosy Crow. (I’m helping promote the launch). Nosy Crow is based in London, and today, the UK is celebrating World Book Day… so we’re doing the price drop to mark the occasion. I know I’m biased, but I can assure you, if you have an iPad, this is well worth the $1.99. Here’s a video to show you what I’m talking about: