Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending July 22, 2018. 

Safe sitters

Autoimmune disorders, like Type 1 diabetes, are on the rise. The thought of leaving a diabetic child who needs monitoring and insulin injections with a babysitter can be frightening, but parents need a break. Safe sittings can help you find a qualified babysitter. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you have a child with health issues, it is essential to find qualified care you help you out.

Depressed? You’re Not Alone.

A study done in the UK has found that more pregnant women grapple with depression and anxiety today than in previous generations. They speculate that it could just be because modern life is really stressful. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you are feeling down, help is available and you should get it – for your and your baby’s health.

Leche Lounge

In the spirit of necessity being the mother of invention, a new mom in Tulsa, Oklahoma was spurred to launch her company when a janitor interrupted her pumping in a corner of the library. Leche Lounges are clean, private booths that look much like photo booths and can be stationed in offices and other public spaces. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you have had trouble finding a place to pump at work, this might be a great option for your workplace.

Licensed Lactation Consultants

A new law in Georgia is requiring lactation consultants. While on the face of it this sounds like it could be a good idea, in reality it will prevent many women – especially low-income women – from continuing to do the work they have already been doing for decades, if they can’t afford the licensing fees or spare the time to take newly require classes. Read more here.

This is important for you because politicians can word things in very sneaky ways, making policies sound reasonable or intuitive when they will in fact not serve the public good like they purport to do.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Pregnancy-Safe Do-It-Yourself Cleaning Products. Ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, salt, baking soda, and baking powder are safe for you and your children even after you give birth. 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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