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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending June 12, 2022. 

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Breast milk may help probiotics work

Trying to heal adults’ microbiomes to treat various conditions is tantalizing, but has not really been effective; all too often, the therapeutic bacteria don’t take up residence in the patient’s guts. But if you send the good bacteria in with food they like – e.g. the sugars found in breast  milk – they are more likely to stay. Read more here.

This is important for you because it would be amazing if probiotic therapy could work.

Motherhood in the field

Two anthropologists who struggled with the challenges of being pregnant and nursing babies while doing their fieldwork would like to hear from others facing similar challenges. They are anthropologists, after all. Read more here.

This is important for you because mothers are often excluded, by themselves or by others, from fieldwork and other professions that deem childbearing and rearing inconvenient. This must change, as mothers can make invaluable contributions to all of these fields.

Older and Wiser?

People in the US are choosing to have their first babies much later in life than they ever have before, in their early thirties and their forties. Many make this decision so they’ll be more financially secure as parents. Read more here.

This is important for you because the ability to bear healthy children slows – but clearly does not cease – as we age.

“Parenthood seems to have that traditionalizing effect.”

In heterosexual couples, wives who earn more than their husbands don’t end up doing more of the housework. But moms who earn more than dads do. Read more here.

This is important for you because traditional gender roles just do not want to die.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Edema (Swelling) During Pregnancy: How is it Managed? 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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