Health and Science News for Parents
Jul
16

What the newest bedsharing study can and cannot tell us

written by Tara Haelle

I have written before about how the infant sleep recommendations of the AAP and the US public health community in general are unrealistic and even potentially dangerous in their effects, regardless of their intentions. A new study in Pediatrics explores the contribution of different risk factors to sleep-related infant deaths, offering findings which are certainly […]

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May
11

I AM enjoying the moment, dammit!

written by Tara Haelle

“How old,” asks the smiling, grandmotherly lady? I smile back, “He’s three, and his brother is six weeks.” “How sweet,” she says. “They’re just precious.” “Thank you,” I smile politely, and then I brace myself for what I know is coming next. “They just grow so fast. My daughter is your age now. Enjoy these […]

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Sep
23

Nearly “universal” breastfeeding concerns call for universal breastfeeding support

written by Tara Haelle

When nearly all first-time moms are reporting breastfeeding concerns just a few days after giving birth, it’s pretty safe to say that breastfeeding support resources need a boost. The former was the finding of a study published today in Pediatrics. The latter, mentioned in the study, is my big takeaway from the findings. About three […]

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May
20

Another study supports the public health community’s blind spot on cosleeping and bedsharing

written by Tara Haelle

Another cosleeping/bedsharing* study came out today, and I expect to see this one getting lots of press, as it well should. It pulls together data from five previous studies, making it the largest study to date on this issue. It clearly lays out the risks for SIDS for babies who share a bed with parents, […]

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May
14

Bonding in Early Motherhood: When Angels Don’t Sing and the Earth Doesn’t Stand Still

written by Tara Haelle

This post is part of the May evidence-based parenting blog carnival. Check out the main post at School of Smock here, and I will updating this post with links to the other posts. Here’s a list of things that did not happen when I had my son in June 2010: Angels did not fly into […]

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May
13

Is Formula Not So “Evil” After All? Could it Boost Breastfeeding Rates?

written by Tara Haelle

I will never forget my first night home with my new son after a few postpartum days in the hospital. Most likely haven’t or won’t forget their first night at home with the new baby, but in my case it’s marked by a level of frustration, helplessness and despair that likely could have been allayed […]

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May
10

Weekly Round-Up: ADHD, team sports, summertime dangers, nutrition, parenting styles and more

written by Tara Haelle

All right, folks, this will be a whirlwind of links, but if you missed any health or science news this week related to parenting, I’ve hopefully included it below. First there’s been a bunch of news about ADHD, and none of it really that good. First, it’s hard to tell which is worse: that we […]

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May
7

About That Pacifier Study, or What It (Might) Mean to Swap Spit with Your Kiddo

written by Tara Haelle

claimtoken-518c63b2075b3 I’m excited to write about the recent study on pacifier “cleaning” and allergy risk that came out in Pediatrics yesterday, but first I apologize for being MIA the past few weeks. A combination of work, family and travel converged to push this blog low on the to-do list, and now the catching up I […]

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Jan
28

More daycare, more behavior problems? Or not?

written by Tara Haelle

Ready for another reason to let go of that (not-helpful-anyway) mom guilt? A new study out of Norway in Child Development finds that more time in day care does not mean more behavior problems. Of course, the study is out of Norway, and there are some caveats here. The research on daycare and its possible […]

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Sep
10

It’s okay, Mom, your sleep methods are not damaging your child

written by Tara Haelle

“Mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.” —Victor Hugo Right. And then you set the kid down in his crib. Pfft! The eyes flutter open. The screaming begins. I cannot speak for all parents, but I can speak for myself and probably many when I say that […]

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