Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending April 26, 2020

COVID-19 and Pregnancy. Find the answers to your questions.

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Go to International Registry of Coronavirus Exposure in Pregnancy

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Child care for essential workers

Many essential workers need child care so they can continue doing their essential jobs that are keeping the rest of us safe. With most schools and day care facilities closed to help flatten the curve, some states are creating special pandemic child care centers to fill this gap. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you are wondering how you can help, babysitting for a doctor, nurse, or delivery person may be a good option.

Mondays with Michelle

Michelle Obama is hosting storytime. For the next three weeks, tune in to PBS at noon Eastern time on Mondays to hear her read her favorite kids books aloud to your toddler. And to you. Read more here.

This is important for you because being read to is pretty much the most relaxing thing ever. Not just for kids.

HMOs and breastfeeding

These HMOs do not refer to the health maintenance organizations that you may have in your insurance plan; rather, they refer to human milk oligosaccharides, the sugars present in  breast milk. There are about 150 different types, and the ratios in which they appear are unique to each mother. A new study indicates that certain HMOs can impact infant growth, but did not yet take the step of recommending how to enrich your milk for these. Read more here.

This is important for you because breast milk is the healthiest thing you feed your baby, even if we don’t yet know which are the best components in it or how to attain them.

Fertility and Sterility

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has posted guidance for dealing with COVID-19 on their Fertility and Sterility Dialog site. Access it here.

This is important for you because knowledge is power.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Reasons Why a Home Birth May (or may not) Be Advisable during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 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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