Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending February 5, 2023. 

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“A huge overproducer”

After she gave birth, Brooke Spitale’s body just made a ton of milk. So this nurse became the #1 donor to her local milk bank. Some of her milk is used for research, but most of it goes to preterm, ill, and adopted babies. Read more here.

This is important for you because breast milk is the healthiest food for your baby, and others.

Breast milk storage

CDC rules for freezing and thawing breast milk are… very cautious. The rules are intended to make sure the milk doesn’t get contaminated with dangerous bacteria, but they are not always in keeping with the day-to-day life of actual mothers. Read more here

This is important for you because rules formulated in an ideal world are not always feasible in the real one.

Tracking your periods

Period tracking apps can (and do) sell your data to anyone, including law enforcement, who can use it against you if you seek an abortion in a state where it has been deemed illegal. Read more here.

This is important for you because you will menstruate again, and maybe you’ll want more kids at some point, but maybe you won’t. It is nobody else’s business.

Paid leave

President Biden just noted that 945 of the lowest wage workers in the US do not have any leave at all. He said he is “committed to changing that by passing a national program of paid leave for all.” Read more here.

This is important for you because this statistic is unacceptable.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Feeling Isolated and Overwhelmed as a New Mom? You’re Not Alone. 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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