So you’ve decided to breastfeed. Fantastic! Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to nourish your baby while establishing early bonding. Unfortunately, breast milk comes out of breasts so there are a few ground rules that we need to cover.
As you know, (female) modesty is a highly protected value in modern society. Unless you’re a magazine cover model or in a music video, exposing your female udder flesh is entirely inappropriate. Science has proven that breasts are basically large vaginas. Only you and your partner should ever see them. Just because your breast-ginas are full of milk, doesn’t mean you get to wave them around.
(Everybody check the tags if you feel yourself getting offended.)
I began to look more into whooping cough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers an abundance of facts: the disease is on the rise in the United States, and in 2012 reached its highest level in more than 50 years (48,277 including 18 deaths). Particularly worrisome to me as an anxious new parent is that the highly contagious respiratory disease can be serious and even fatal for newborns who are vulnerable until they themselves receive the vaccine at 2 months old. About half of all infants under a year old who get pertussis are hospitalized, and one or two out of 100 will die.
A silver lining for some older moms: women who are able to naturally have children later in life tend to live longer.
A study published Wednesday found that women who are able to have children after age 33–without using fertility drugs–have a greater chance of living longer than women who had their last child before 30.
The results of the Boston University School of Medicine study are consistent with other findings on the relationship between maternal age at birth of last child and what researchers consider exceptional longevity–generally living until 95 or older.
Amish country in Ohio is being hit hard by a measles outbreak. Most Amish aren’t vaccinated, so the disease has spread quickly. But a push for vaccination has found many takers.
The largest outbreak of measles in recent U.S. history is underway. Ohio has the majority of these cases — 341 confirmed and eight hospitalizations. The virus has spread quickly among the largely unvaccinated Amish communities in the center of the state.