Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending August 1, 2021. 

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Sleep tight

There are a lot of products marketed toward parents desperate to get their babies to sleep that are not cribs or bassinets, so they don’t have to meet the safety standards of cribs or bassinets. The Consumer Product Safety Commission just voted to change that. They were induced to do so when inclined sleepers were recalled in 2019. Read more here.

This is important for you because the only safe way for your baby to go to sleep is on her back on a flat surface with nothing around her: no pillows, no blankets, no stuffed animals, no parents.

Mother of Madness

The Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, has written a graphic novel. MOM: Mother of Madness tells the tale of a single mother (with superpowers, obviously–that manifest when she gets her period). Read more here

This is important for you because she is so cool, and this could be a great read while there’s still some summer left.

Five year pregnancy

The African coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) are endangered fish known as ‘living fossils’ because they seem similar to prehistoric fish. They can live to be up to 100 years old, but they don’t reach reproductive age until they’re around 50. And their pregnancies last at least 5 years!! Read more here.

This is important for you because when your back hurts and your feet are swollen and you can’t sleep- at least it’s only for forty weeks.


In New York state, essential workers are eligible for free child care. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is nice to see those that we rely on but don’t often reward being taken good care of.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was How to Reduce Your Risk of Blocked Ducts and Mastitis. 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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