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Baby Dies in First Week at Daycare and His Mom Wants to Help Us Learn From It

Post by The Stir Bloggers. Almost exactly two years ago, my friend Hava dropped her baby boy Joey off at daycare, and the unthinkable happened. On his fourth day of out of his parent's care, Joey died. Sadly, since then, Hava has become an expert of sorts about SIDS and daycare safety. Show More Summary

Importance of breast milk gene for toddler gut bacteria

A genetic variation affecting the composition of a mother's breast milk could have a lasting impact on the gut health of her child. Researchers report that children aged two to three had lower levels of 'good' intestinal bacteria if their mother's secretor gene was inactive.

Opioids may affect how we perceive 'cuteness' of babies

Opioid dependence -- which includes dependence on drugs such as heroin -- affects how 'cute' we perceive images of children to be, new research shows. As cuteness can trigger caregiving motivation, this result indicates that the opioid system may have significant effects on our ability to care for others. Show More Summary

Photo of Mom Breastfeeding Her Nephew Raises Eyebrows on Facebook

Post by Liz Alterman. It seems sometimes a mama just can't win. While watching her infant nephew, who refused to take a bottle, this mom breastfed the baby and then used her sister's pumped milk to feed her own little one. Though this...Show More Summary

Female sex hormone may protect women from worst effects of the flu

Progesterone – a female sex hormone contained in most forms of hormone-based birth control – appears to stave off the worst effects of influenza infection and, in an unexpected finding, help damaged lung cells to heal more quickly, researchers discovered through mouse studies.

12 of the Weirdest Places We've Breastfed -- 'Cuz Babies Have to Eat!

Post by Wendy Robinson. Altogether, I've spent roughly a year of my life being the food supply for a small hungry person. Over the course of those months, I learned that when a baby is ready to eat, he or she really doesn't care where...Show More Summary

Lift-the-flap books may hinder kids from learning new words

Features in non-fiction children’s books such as lift-the-flap may hinder toddlers from learning new words, suggests new research.

Most states report Medicaid covers children's key mental health services but gaps remain

A national study shows an uneven picture of states' use of Medicaid to help families with young children gain access to mental health services. A large number -- as many as 46 states -- use Medicaid to cover several important mentalShow More Summary

WWI babies whose fathers were killed in action have shortened adult life expectancies

French children born between 1914 and 1916 whose fathers were killed or severely injured during the war lost approximately one year of adult life expectancy, according to new research. The findings further our understanding of the long-term effects of maternal psychological stress on children.

Breathtaking Photos Capture Rainbow Baby Birth 1 Year After Heartbreaking Loss

Post by Liz Alterman. Kristen Ward lost her daughter Lily just 34 minutes after she was born. Nearly one year to the day later, she welcomed her second little girl, Harper. Both births were captured by Jordan Burch photography and the...Show More Summary

On My First Flight with Baby, Basically Nothing Went as Planned

Post by The Stir Bloggers. I’ve been that person. That person who gets visibly upset when she spots a baby in the airport terminal waiting area. Please don’t let that baby be on my flight, I’ve thought. I’ve even turned around in myShow More Summary

Tess Holliday's Sexy Breastfeeding Photo Nails the 1 Big Problem With Nursing Bras

Post by Liz Alterman. Leave it to this outspoken model to point out something most of us have been thinking for years. Breastfeeding mom and model Tess Holliday wants to know why "supportive and cute" nursing bra options for plus-size...Show More Summary

13 Too-Real Tweets About Teething (Because It's Laugh ... or Cry!)

Post by Liz Alterman. Teething is no picnic for babies or their poor parents. The endless crying, the drooling like a litter of Saint Bernards, the sleepless nights -- they all add up to an unpleasant period most of us would like to forget. Show More Summary

14 LOL-Worthy Breastfeeding Tweets That Every Nursing Mom Can Relate To

Post by Jacqueline Burt Cote. Breastfeeding, like many aspects of parenting, is great and rewarding and perfectly natural -- but, also like many aspects of parenting, it's hard and frustrating and sometimes awkward. That's why breastfeeding...Show More Summary

Mom Wakes to Find Infant Missing During Horrifying Hospital Visit

Post by Liz Alterman. Taking a sick child to the hospital is stressful enough without any additional issues arising. For one mom, an already-frightening situation was made that much more traumatic when, she says, hospital staff tookShow More Summary

14 of Our Most Popular Breastfeeding Pins of All Time

Post by Liz Alterman. If you're breastfeeding, whether it's the first time or the fifth, it never hurts to have some tips and tricks up your sleeve -- or in your nursing bra, as the case may be. Wouldn't it be great to gather all that priceless info in one place? We've rounded up some of our most-pinned breastfeeding features of all time. Show More Summary

14 Bottle-Feeding Hacks to Make Mealtime With Baby ... So. Much. Easier.

Post by Jacqueline Burt Cote. Whether you feed your baby with a bottle all of the time or some of the time (and whether you're filling those bottles with breast milk, formula, or a combination of both), chances are you could use a few...Show More Summary

11 Surrogate Birth Photos That Illustrate a True Labor of Love

Post by Liz Alterman. Giving birth is an awe-inspiring, amazing miracle. But to undertake nine months of pregnancy and deliver a child in order make other people into parents is truly a labor of love and a gift. Photographer Genevieve Georget of Fifteen: Fifty-One shot gorgeous images that tell a much larger story in these surrogate birth photos. Show More Summary

15 Seriously Flexible Breastfeeding Babies Doing #Gymnurstics

Post by Jacqueline Burt Cote. As every mother of a toddler knows, it's nearly impossible to get little ones to sit still, even for a meal -- and that goes for breastfeeding, too! In fact, it's so common for tots to fidget like circus...Show More Summary

Working and Breastfeeding: 11 Smart Tips for Pumping Moms

Post by Wendy Robinson. When both of my children were born, I was totally committed to trying to breastfeed for at least a year. And both times, I developed great nursing relationships with my babies and was a pumping champion... until...Show More Summary

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