Courtesy of NYC.govApril Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg just unveiled a health initiative that he hopes will encourage new moms to breastfeed. The plan? Ask hospitals to treat formula like any other regulated substance, keeping it locked up and given out only under certain conditions.
According to the press release from the New York City Department of Health, the initiative is designed to "support a mother's choice to breastfeed and limit the promotion of infant formula in their facilities which can interfere with that decision."
When "Latch On NYC" goes into effect in September, hospitals that partake in the voluntary initiative will instruct nurses not to hand out formula unless there's a medical need or unless moms specifically ask for it, and to sign out and account for all formula they DO dispense. The city also launched a subway and hospital poster campaign designed to showcase the benefits of breast milk (see image above).
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- Parenting.com | Parenting – Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:20 PM EDT
Pregnant womanby Therese at Parenting
According to The London Evening Standard, approximately 1 in 10 women who undergo a caesarean section will suffer from a related infection. Findings from the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology revealed that infection was more common in women who were either overweight (1.6 times more likely), or obese (between 2.4 and 3.7 times more likely) than those women of a healthy weight.
Out of the women who suffered from infection, the majority of infections, 88% in fact, were minor, though 25 of the 4,107 women in the study developed serious infections in the lining of their wombs. And two women from the same study, conducted by the Health Production Agency (HPA), were diagnosed with reproductive tract infections. Additionally, research revealed that women under the age of 20 were at a greater risk for infection, as compared to those between the ages of 25 and 30, though researchers at the HPA are unsureRead More »from Shocking New Statistics About C-Section Infections
5 Things You'll Miss About Being PregnantLet's face it: pregnancy comes with its ups and downs -- and some women have more downs than others. Whether you're feeling apprehensive in the beginning of your pregnancy or you're counting down the weeks until the almighty Due Date, take a moment to recognize the parts of pregnancy you'll miss when it's over.
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1. The kindness and attention
The smiles from strangers as you pass on the street, the doors that are consistently being held for you, the subway seats that are given up for your front-heavy frame, the parties thrown in your honor -- a girl could get used to it. (And soak up the attention now, because soon you'll be second fiddle to the little person in your arms.) I vividly remember making a last-minute Babies 'R Us run during that first postpartum week -- waddling into the store with a giant maxi pad between my legs, breasts leaking under my coat, eyes bleary from sleep deprivation -- and I felt a
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1. Pack an extra blanket and a pair of your baby's pajamas
In my experience, bringing extra day's worth of clothes in the event of a blow out is pretty pointless. Having the right combination of articles of clothing, plus ensuring they match, is difficult! Pajamas are cuddly, come in one piece, and are usually weather appropriate
2. Pack an empty plastic baggie for stashing soiled clothing
Trust me, you'll need it.
3. Balance your diaper-wipe ratio
When they're small, it's impossible to bring too many diapers. As they get
If you're hitting the halfway point of summer vacation, and things haven't gone according to plan then get thee to a water park. Laughing, giggling, relaxing, cooling off. It all happens. Sure, there are lines, but you're wet and splashing and it's somehow easier to take. If you thought the list of the world's best and creative playgrounds was inspiring, just wait until you see the biggest, fastest, scariest, most creative waterslides on the planet. Check out the 10 most outrageous water slides in the world! - By Buzz Bishop
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- Astrology.com Momscopes | Parenting – Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:57 AM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Your baby wants to explore, and you're in a mood to help them do it. Get outside and see all there is to see down at the park or in the garden. The height of summer provides many marvels, and you will find many wonderful things to discover.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You want to figure out what your baby needs, but they just aren't communicating well yet. For today, do your best to try to get your point across and your tyke will do the same. You'll understand each other soon enough.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Make sure that your kiddo knows that when they are stumped by a puzzle or game, they can take the advice of friends and camp counselors. And keep this
Pack 999 sleep over with the Camden NJ Riversharks baseball team, Aug 03 2012
- Parenting.com | Parenting – Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:14 AM EDT
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Parents and children across America spend the summer outside, going to parks, and playing with sidewalk chalk. However, for Susan Mortensen of Virginia, this combination put her in court facing vandalism charges, and a ban from all city parks, reports New York Daily News.
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Susan Mortensen of Richmond, Virginia was reprimanded by a James River Park officer when she allowed her four-year-old daughter to color rocks with sidewalk chalk. Ralph White, park manager, told news reporters that chalk is no different than spray paint, and is akin to any other type of vandalism, saying, "It doesn't matter what the medium is. It's offensive".
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On Tuesday, a judge ruled to dismiss charges, after sentencing Mortensen to 50 hours community service. Additionally, Mortensen is expected to pay a fine of $325, and faces a ban from all city parks. In
- Michelle Zanatta | Parenting – Mon, Aug 6, 2012 11:07 AM EDT
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You are looking down at your little bundle of joy and thinking...
"Of course they are going to be perfect in every way! They are going to develop physically, grow spiritually, and advance educationally!"
Sometimes though - there are little bumps in the road.
My first daughter had a speech impediment - and literally didn't talk till she was close to four years old. As a parents, my husband and I did all we could to help her both educationally and emotionally. We took the following steps:
Age Two - We had her in speech therapy for a year at a local rehabiliation center (Yes - it was out of pocket expenses, but well worth it!
Ages Three - Five - Sent her to a Christian preschool. My hopes were that being around other children would help her progress in her speech, and encourage her to have friendships.
Ages Six - Ten - She attended a regular school, where she was pulled out of class for speech. Her grades dropped as the public speech pathologist pulled her from math, science, social
- The_Stir | Parenting – Mon, Aug 6, 2012 10:06 AM EDT
3D fetusWanting to have certain keepsakes to commemorate your pregnancy is normal and totally understandable -- but would you actually consider purchasing a miniature 3D replica of your fetus? Yes, a replica, as in a tiny little statue that sits encased in resin and rests in a jewelry box -- and looks exactly like your baby-to-be.
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The new Japanese token of pregnancy affection is called "Shape of an Angel," and in order to get one, an MRI is taken of your baby and the replica gets printed out from a 3D printer -- and voila! You've got yourself a fetus statue, to the tune of $1,230.
Do you believe that? $1,230!?! Who would shell out over a thousand dollars for something that looks like it came out of a gumball machine?
Please tell me I'm not the only one who finds this thing to be a little bit on the creepy side, not to mention over-the-top weird. Don't get me wrong, the 3D ultrasound technologyRead More »from 3D Replica of Your Fetus Takes Pregnancy Joy to a Creepy New Level
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