Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending November 8, 2020.

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Baby T-rex

New fossils found in Alberta and Montana suggest that baby tyrannosaurs were about the size of a chihuahua – only about a tenth as long as the adults! Sharper teeth than chihuahuas though. Read more here.

This is important for you because – a baby anything is cute?

Microplastics from baby bottles

Plastic infant feeding bottles are commonly sterilized with boiling water to kill bacteria–clearly a necessary precaution–and formula is usually made with warm water. Yet repeatedly treating the plastic bottles this way causes them to leach microplastics into the formula at at least a million parts per liter- over ten times as much as the WHO deems safe for consumption by adults! This wasn’t the case only the first time the bottle was used, either; it held true over the three weeks when tests were performed. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is yet another reason why breastfeeding is the best option for feeding your infant, if you can manage it. The impact of ingesting microplastics on human health is not really known-but regardless, it seems kinda gross.

Impossible milk

There are already plenty of plant-based milks on the market: soy, rice, almond, oat, and coconut all spring readily to mind. But they are all possible. Impossible milk, still in development, is supposed to act more like the dairy product–i.e. mix well in coffee. Read more here.

This is important for you because milk is probably on your mind more than usual these days.

Forgoing kids to save the environment is blaming the victims

Yes, fewer people on the planet means less carbon emissions. But it is corporations and the governments of wealthy countries that caused anad are continuing to cause the environmental damage–and they’re the ones that need to change their behavior to fix it. Not young couples who want babies. Read more here.

This is important for you because the best way for individuals to help alleviate the climate crisis at this point is not to forgo children; it’s to raise children who are environmentalists.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week, by a ton, was Breastfeeding When You Are Pregnant. 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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