This is a question for all expectant mothers considering (or already) bottle feeding: What would you do if you woke up one morning and learned that baby bottles were no longer being made or sold in your country? This question may become a reality for Venezuelan moms who may not have planned on breastfeeding.
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Cathy Givans is a wife, a mother of five littles and a freelance writer. She nursed all five of her children and is an advocate for breastfeeding rights and benefits. She has made her own cloth diapers and enjoys reading to her children when she has free time. Cathy and her family are learning how to live green and changed to a vegetarian lifestyle about a year ago. They are currently working on moving into a complete vegan lifestyle.
We’ve shared several unexpected pregnancy stories, and even a few stories where older women have given birth…but we’ve never shared anything quite like this!
Since the 1930’s Finland has provided a maternity package to all new parents. These government issued cardboard boxes contain only a handful of items, but each and every necessity item ensures that all children, no matter what their family background, receive everything they need to be safely and accurately cared for.
For the families and parents of autistic children, Temple Grandin is a household name. We know her as the autistic woman who has found her niche in the world. We know her as a prominent speaker for autism and a successful animal behavior specialist. But there is so much more to this amazing woman; she gives us all hope.
Mobile media devices have only been around for a short time, but some experts are already concerned about how they’re changing the world of parenting. Are the concerns truly valid, or are experts jumping the gun a bit? A recent study, conducted for the Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development of GfK, suggests the latter.
When we are sick, we look to doctors to heal us. When we need information about our health, we expect our doctors to give us the most accurate information available. And when new information is presented, we expect that those giving it have acted with integrity and honesty. Unfortunately, doctors are also human, so it doesn’t always work out this way.
Very few of us remember anything from our early childhood. And our own children will most likely forget the majority (if not all) of the events – big and small – before they reach their third or fourth birthday. But why is that? It’s something that parents and researchers have pondered for years.
It’s estimated that about one in five new mothers suffer from the debilitating effects of postpartum depression. Unlike the “baby blues,” postpartum depression is a serious, long-lasting depression. In milder cases, it can definitely look like the “blues” – sadness, mood swings, frequent crying, irritability and loss of appetite.
Breast is almost always best, but not every mother has the desire or ability to breastfeed. Does that necessarily mean that their babies will automatically have a higher chance of obesity later on in life? Maybe. But maybe not, researchers from Brigham Young University said after analyzing the data of more than 8,000 families.
Bisphenol A (BPA) has received a lot of attention lately. Some researchers have linked BPA exposure to a higher risk of various cancers, while others say that the average person’s exposure isn’t enough to have an impact. Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on, you might be happy to know that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) found infant foods to be BPA free.
Medical science has come a long way…but using a 3D printer to save a baby’s life? Though it may sound absurd, doctors in Michigan did just that.