Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending June 13, 2021. 

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Lilibet Diana

Harry and Meghan welcomed their second child this week, a baby girl they named Lilibet Diana. They plan to call her Lili. Lilibet is for the current Queen–it is her family nickname–and Diana is for Harry’s late mom. Read more here

This is important for you because she’s American!!


Westerners often think of Buddhism as just a form of mindfulness, but that Buddhism is a modern Western creation. Buddhism is actually an ancient religious tradition with religious tenets. One foundational tenet is reincarnation: the transmigration of souls from one body into another over time. But even this doctrine can be modernized: “We needn’t think of the specifics of the reincarnation doctrine to realise that we’re all the inheritors of a past that we didn’t create and the bequeathers of a future we won’t live to see.” Read more here.

This is important for you because “To take reincarnation seriously isn’t only to develop a more sophisticated understanding of where we come from and what we owe to what comes after us, but also to face up to our tendency to bring screaming into the future the mistakes that we’ve made in the past.”


The SNOO is a smart bassinet that will rock your baby and play white noise. It costs $1500. It allegedly works like a dream, but you could probably recapitulate a lot of its effects with a white noise machine and a less smart, less costly bassinet. Read more here.

This is important for you because having your baby sleep through the night is definitely invaluable. But…

Military moms

Military moms and kids can feel a unique kind of loneliness. Moving around a lot can make it really difficult for them to forge meaningful connections with others, and they live in constant fear for their own safety and that of their spouses. This essay and its accompanying photos helps us understand their lives. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is always valuable to learn about others’ experiences and perspectives.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was How to Cope with Interfering In-Laws. 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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