Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending August 11, 2019. 

World Breastfeeding Week

It was this week! World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually from August 1 to 7. This year’s theme was “Empower parents, enable breastfeeding.” Read more here.

This is important for you because nurse your babies, if you can.

Baby Bush

Jenna Bush just gave birth to her third child, and her first son. Mother and baby are doing well. They named him Hal, not George. Read more here.

This is important for you because… umm…

No sex, no babies

Millennials are not really procreating. They are having less sex for thier age than previous generations did, and many blame social media; people are so engrossed in thier phones that they never learn how to interact with people face-to-face, kind of a prerequisite for having sex. Birth rates are falling, and economists are getting alarmed. Read more here.

This is important for you because go you for bucking demographic trends!!

Chimeric embryos

Stem cell research in the US has always faced strict regulation, but has proceeded in other countries. In Japan, the government has just allowed (and funded) a researcher to put human cells into animal embryos to grow human organs that can be used for transplants. The hybrid animals will not be brought to term. Read more here

This is important for you because this is only one of many technological advances that can profoundly improve human health, yet that some find morally questionable. Society as a whole must figure out how to proceed, and every individual should spend some time figuring out her take on these issues.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was The Lamaze Method of Childbirth. This is only one of a number of ways of thinking about and getting through childbirth; all have their proponents, classes, and websites. 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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