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The history of formula
Until formula was invented in the late nineteenth century, babies who couldn’t successfully breastfeed usually died. Now, most babies rely on formula–which is why it is such a disaster when that formula becomes scarce. Read more here.
This is important for you because it’s good insight into how “science, culture, and capitalism shaped the way we all eat in our first years of life.”
New dads take less leave than new moms do, for mostly obvious reasons, but everyone in the family would benefit if they took more. Read more here.
This is important for you because most people can’t take the leave that would help their families until that leave is paid, which right now in the US it is largely not. Men can feel this even more keenly.
The Double Shift
This rebooted newsletter is “interested in systemic solutions to personal problems, because there’s nothing wrong with us moms. What is broken is our society.” Being a working mom is hard; not because of you, but because of the nature of work and motherhood in this time and place. Read more here.
This is important for you because FINALLY!
Babies should be put to sleep flat on their backs, in empty cribs. Not in rockers, car seats, or bouncy seats; they are more likely to suffocate if they are on these tilted surfaces. Read more here.
This is important for you because if your baby does fall asleep in one of these other devices, move her to a crib or watch her like a hawk.
The most popular article on The Pulse this week was D&C, D&E, Suction: Various Methods for Evacuating the Uterus. Read it here.