Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending January 5, 2020. 

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission exists, obviously, to make sure that products are safe for consumers. But according to the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, they know of two products that are patently unsafe for babies–crib bumpers and liquid nicotine–but have not acted on this knowledge to keep babies safe. Read more here.

This is important for you because as cozy as they may look, crib bumpers can be fatal to infants.

Baby Archie

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, firstborn son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, is just over six months old now–and cute as can be. See pics here.

This is important for you because everyone loves a baby photo shoot–whether the baby is royal or no.

BPA levels

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a hormone disruptor that is found in plastics and receipts. When fetuses in the womb are exposed to it, they can have growth or behavioral problems later in life. And a new study has just found that pregnant women–and the fetuses they are carrying–are exposed to higher levels than previous studies had suggested. The discrepancy between these results and the older ones may be because BPA is broken down pretty quickly in the body, and this new work measured the breakdown products whereas the previous one did not. Read more here.

This is important for you because if the environmental impetus to cutting down your plastic usage is not enough, perhaps this will motivate you.

Parental leave

We live in the only developed country whose government does not guarantee paid parental leave, and less than twenty percent of American workers get it. Which means that as expenses pile up because you had a new baby, you may not be receiving a paycheck while you stay home to care for it. Read more here.  

This is important for you because you still may have resources, depending on your state, your employer, and your insurance. Make sure you look into it and plan a budget before popping that baby out.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Breastfeeding Supplies You Do and Do Not Need. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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