Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending March 14, 2021

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Milk: it’s for barbarians

When Romans conquered Northern Europe–Great Britain, Ireland, Germany–they were appalled that the residents there drank cow’s milk. They found it completely barbaric. It was not part of the Romans’ diet, possibly because it would spoil in their warmer climate. The Dutch changed the reputation of milk drinkers, but not until the seventeenth century, and only within Europe; Asians still reviled the milk drinking habits of Westerners into the twentieth century. Read more here.

This is important for you because when choosing which among the many milk options currently available to feed your family, remember that the most mainstream among them has pretty much always been an object of scorn somewhere.

Oh baby baby, how was she supposed to know

Back in the day, the media was not particularly kind to Britney Spears, seemingly to gleefully gloat over her every misstep. Framing Britney Spears, on Hulu,  aims to set the record straight and reminds us that being a young mother is really, really hard–even for Britney Spears–and that we all should have treated her with more sympathy. Read more here.

This is important for you because our culture treats sexy, sexual women poorly, and sexy, sexual mothers more poorly still. 

Free diapers

Four Colorado lawmakers–all mothers of young children–have proposed a bill to increase the number of free diapers, wipes, and diaper cream for those in their state who need them. Need has increased during the pandemic. Read more here.

This is important for you because diapers can be expensive, and too many parents are struggling to afford them nowadays.

Non-royal #2

Meghan Markle is pregnant with her second baby. She and (ex-Prince) Harry have enjoyed quality time with their first child, Archie, during the lockdown. Read more here.

This is not important for you.

The most popular articles on The Pulse this week was Practical Ways to Cope With Back and Hip Pain During Pregnancy. 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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