Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending February 17, 2019. 

Magic Boobs

Yes, breast milk contains antibiotics (most likely from the good bacteria it harbors, which make substances that fight off pathogenic bacteria) that can help keep your baby healthy. This mom posted pictures that show them. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you can do it, breastfeeding is good for you and your little one.


The BabySeq Project is the first clinical trial in the world to systematically sequence healthy newborn infants in hopes of finding genetic variants that could predict future health problems. It has met with some successes but is still controversial, as our ability to attain genetic knowledge often far outstrips our ability to utilize that knowledge clinically. Read more here.

This is important for you because in the future – like maybe  for your next baby! – it may be standard to have her complete genome sequenced at birth to try to predict and counter future health problems.

Kids + Climate Change

Our children will bear the brunt of suffering that is slated to occur due to the climate change wrought by the generations preceding them, both in ignorance and knowingly. How do we talk to/ prepare them for it? Read more here.

This is important for you because their lives will likely be defined by rising temperatures and ocean levels and the upheavals that will accompany them. Denying this knowledge is no longer an option; we must act to make their world habitable, and teach them to do the same.

Jessica Simpson Maternity

Jessica Simpson, pregnant with her third, has updated the maternity wardrobe she released six years ago. Clothes are available online. Read more here.

This is important for you because who wouldn’t want to share clothes with Jessica Simpson?


The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Best and Worst Pregnancy Symptoms. Easy: great hair and no wine with dinner, respectively. 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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