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Substitute environmentally friendly cleaners for common household products to reduce a child’s exposure to toxins.

Is It Bad To Always Say “No”?

I feel like I tell my child “no” constantly, to keep him from doing things that aren’t safe. How can I tell my ... more

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Cost-Savings Benefits Of Childhood Vaccinations

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues an updated schedule of recommended vaccines for infants and children. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 1 in every 10 children do not receive the recommended vaccinations, and... more

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CDC Report Shows Highest-Ever Rate Of Autism

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a highest-ever rate of autism among 8-year-old children. The media goes into a frenzy about rates surging “30 percent” and an autism “epidemic” affecting 1 in 68... more

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A New Campaign Is Asking Dads To Advocate For Breastfeeding

Partners matter when it comes to breastfeeding success. Mothers know it and studies show it. A new campaign known as Project: Breastfeeding aims to raise awareness not only of breastfeeding mothers and babies, but of breastfeeding families—especially dads. Project: Breastfeeding is... more

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U.S. Doctors Aim To Cut Cesarean Rate

It is hard to fathom why nearly one in three U.S. births involves surgery, but recent data show this to be true. While cesareans (c-sections) are sometimes necessary from a medical standpoint, they carry with them several risks, including longer... more

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Baby Talk Amounts To Big Vocabulary

The phrase “baby talk” conjures an image of grandparents gathered around a crib fawning over a newborn while making noises like “goo goo” and “gaa gaa.” In reality, baby talk—or parentese, as it is known in the scientific community—is a... more

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tip of the day

  • If biting occurs, press your baby’s face into your breast for a few seconds; he will release the breast immediately to breathe.
  • Introduce new tastes and textures starting around 6 months of age.
  • Massage your breasts in a circular pattern before you start to hand express or pump.
  • Make milk expression easier by putting warm water (using a washcloth, tub, or shower) on your breasts.
  • Features to look for in a pump are pressure range, suction control, flange size, and backflow protection.
  • Store breast milk in the middle of the refrigerator or freezer, not on the refrigerator door.
  • Thaw unopened containers of breast milk in a pan of warm water. Don’t use the microwave!
  • After week one, expect a 4–8 ounce weight gain each week for the first three months.
  • If your baby has black stools on day three or green stools on day five, call your baby’s doctor.
  • Supply and demand are key to milk production—the more milk your baby takes, the more milk you make!