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Friday, March 4th, 2011
Are you so awesome you’d friend yourself? Facebook found to be a great esteem builder
Need a pick-me-up? Try updating your Facebook profile. Spending just a few minutes on the social networking site can enhance your self-esteem, according to a new study from a journal called Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. (Yes, that’s a real academic journal.) According to a leading theory from social psychology (objective self-awareness), exposure to mirrors, photos and recordings of one’s voice encourages people to view themselves the way others see them. This, in turn, is thought to promote “pro-social behavior” and diminish one’s self-esteem. Using a statistical test, the researchers showed that the Facebook students had greater self-esteem than students in the other two groups. And it wasn’t just a fluke, they wrote. The students who looked at their own profiles for the entire 3 minutes had higher self-esteem than students who spent some of that time clicking around on other people’s Facebook pages. In addition, students who made changes to their Facebook profiles also had higher self-esteem than students who didn’t. Both of those observations support the hyperpersonal model, the authors wrote. (Chicago Tribune)
Why we’ll try breast milk foods (Not for our health) Why we’ll try breast milk foods (Not for our health)
Last week, a London ice cream shop unveiled a “Baby Gaga” flavor made with human breast milk. So many people clamored for it that the shop ran out of the flavor on the day of its debut. And last year, a New York University graduate student started making human breast milk cheese, in varieties such as “City Funk” and “Wisconsin Bang.” What is it that attracts people to these strange comestibles? And why do others find them absolutely revolting?It’s easy to pinpoint what’s repelling about the products: We all have an innate disgust for bodily secretions hardwired into our brains, said Gavan Fitzsimons, a professor of marketing and psychology at Duke University in North Carolina. (MSNBC)
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Friday, February 25th, 2011
The next time you’re in London and craving ice cream, head to the Icecreamists and try a scoop of “Baby Gaga.” The shop, located in Covent Garden, just introduced a new flavor of ice cream created from the breast milk of mothers. 15 women donated their breast milk (which was screened meticulously) after seeing an advertisement on the parent news site, Mumsnet.
Flavored with Madagascan and lemon zest, the ice cream sold out within the first few days, even though it cost 14 pounds per serving (that’s roughly $23 USD). The shop’s owner is also paying 15 pounds to each woman who wants to donate more breast milk.
According to the Daily Mail, “A costumed Baby Gaga waitress serves the ice cream in a martini glass filled with the breast milk ice cream mix. Liquid nitrogen is then poured into the glass through a syringe and it is served with a rusk. It can be served with whisky or another cocktail on request.”
The San Francisco Chronicles also reports that, last year, a chef from Klee Brasserie in New York City created cheese from his wife’s breast milk…but it was removed from the menu at the request of the health department.
Watch a video introducing the breast milk ice cream:
Would you eat breast milk ice cream or anything else made of breast milk? Would you donate your breast milk for food products?
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Friday, January 14th, 2011
Study finds toxic chemicals in pregnant womens’ bodies
A new study shows the typical pregnant woman has dozens of potentially toxic or even cancer-causing chemicals in her body — including ingredients found in flame retardants and rocket fuel. Congress may need to pass tougher environmental laws to reduce their (pregnant women’s) exposure.
Maternity tummy tuckers? Spanx sucks in pregnant fans
Spanx by Sara Blakely has launched a series of supportive, sucking-in tights, panties and leggings geared to the maternity market. There was also a recently launched a lower-priced collection called Assets Marvelous Mama at Target that includes maternity shapers, opaque tights and leggings.
Study: Babies may need more than breast milk
Feeding solid food earlier and not relying solely on breastfeeding for the first six months might benefit babies, a team of researchers say in a new study. Introduction of tastes early on is essential because a delay may potentially affect later food preferences with influence on health outcomes such as obesity ,” the report said, quoting the study.
Parents chime in on how they’ve made changes in their kids’ diets
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Allergies to dyes or preservatives among kids are on the rise. Parents have taken stands to eliminate symptoms without the assistance of medication.
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Mothers who want to breastfeed their children at work find that office spaces are rarely conducive to privacy and support. To make it easier for mothers to transition back to the workplace while maintaining a bond with their babies, the White House Council on Women and Girls announced yesterday that new efforts will be made to support the Affordable Care Act.
Signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act requires that employers provide a private place (other than a bathroom) and a reasonable break time for new moms who need to express milk and nurse their babies for up to one year.
Under the new amendment, the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor will be improving on three things to enforce the ACA:
1- Releasing a Frequently Asked Questions document and a Request for Information. The former will provide guidelines on how companies can comply with the law while the latter will allow for public comment on the law.
2- Delegating responsibility to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to make sure federal agencies are enforcing the Affordable Care Act in companies.
3- Providing a new online breastfeeding resource that will help nursing mothers understand the new amendments to the Affordable Care Act. Visit www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/
The White House would like to encourage companies to support breastfeeding moms because the benefits of breastfeeding include increased workplace productivity, increased company brand reputation and recruitment, increased health benefits for mom and baby (reduced risk of infection, breast cancer, obesity, diabetes, etc.), decreased absenteeism and employee turnover, and increased cost savings on company healthcare.
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Monday, December 6th, 2010
As previously reported in this post, casual milk sharing between mothers unable to produce enough breast milk and those willing to donate their extra supply has become an extremely popular practice—especially with the help of the Internet. Sites like Facebook, which hosts the popular milk sharing network Eats on Feets, have been instrumental in connecting mothers and facilitating the process. Today, the FDA meets to discuss the implications of this non-standard milk sharing.
Last week, they issued this warning announcing the “FDA recommends against feeding your baby breast milk acquired directly from individuals or through the Internet. When human milk is obtained directly from individuals or through the Internet, the donor is unlikely to have been adequately screened for infectious disease or contamination risk.”
The statement goes on to say the ”FDA recommends that if, after consultation with a healthcare provider, you decide to feed a baby with human milk from a source other than the baby’s mother, you should only use milk from a source that has screened its milk donors and taken other precautions to ensure the safety of its milk.”
The FDA will share the findings from todays’ meeting in a report later this week.
How do you feel about milk sharing? Would the FDA’s stance deter you from participating in the practice?
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Monday, November 22nd, 2010
While milk sharing is an age-old practice dating back to the days of “wet nurses,” it’s recently been given a very modernized twist, thanks to social media. Specifically, a popular new Facebook network established just a few weeks ago by a group of determined breastfeeding mothers looking to take milk matters into their own hands.
It all started with Shell Walker, an Arizona mid-wife who realized her social media account could provide an incredible and immediate resource for matching mothers unable to produce enough breast milk to those willing to donate their extra supply. Currently, it’s extremely difficult for families to access breast milk from milk banks unless a child is premature or very ill, and on top of that, it can cost upwards of $100 per day. Walker’s Eats On Feets page provided a creative work-around to these roadblocks.
According to a recent article on Time.com, “In just a few weeks the network has grown to 98 local groups, spanning all 50 states in the U.S. and 22 countries. More than 70 matches have been reported so far, with milk coming not only in bags and jars, but also sometimes directly from the source.” While informal milk sharing is a highly debated topic given present day stigmas and concerns regarding HIV, the Time article does report that “the World Health Organization recommends ‘raw’ donor milk if a mother’s own supply won’t suffice.”
This is an interesting example of how social media can lift restraints and provide a choice. What do you think about the Eats On Feets program? Would you consider getting involved in something like this?
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Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Infant foods should be screened for mycotoxins, scientists say - An international team of scientists calls for protecting complementary food for infants in developing countries — especially those where corn is a staple food — against fumonisin, a toxin produced by fungi. Until now, physicians thought the growth retardation of children in those regions was to be blamed on the poor nutritional value of the complementary maize porridge they receive when breast milk is no longer sufficient. But toxins indeed are involved, the scientists report in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. [Science Daily]
Toymakers jockey for children’s envy, parents’ cash
Toys may be a bright spot during what is predicted to be another tough holiday season for consumer spending. Compared with other retail categories such as luxury and electronics, toys weren’t hit as hard during the economic downturn for one major reason: Many parents will cut back everywhere else before they deprive their children of that Buzz Lightyear action figure or the latest Bratz doll. Plus, toys are relatively cheap. [Bellingham Herald]
Finnish success in tackling childrens’ diabetes - A new Finnish study has found a connection between infants’ diets and childhood diabetes. In the study, carried out over ten years, researchers managed to prevent type 1 diabetes in children with a genetic disposition for the illness. [YLE Finland]
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Monday, November 8th, 2010
Many breast-fed babies lack Vitamin D - Although breast milk may be the best source of nutrition for babies it is low in Vitamin D. Newborn babies need 400 international units of Vitamin D a day, and can not get that from breast milk alone. Mothers who have breastfed should also give their child a Vitamin D droplet. This is a simple solution however, only five to thirteen percent of breastfed babies receive these supplements according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. [MSNBC]
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Cute naked photos of tots pose dilemma for parents - It seems that the days when parents could take photos of their baby taking a bath are now over. They have the potential of getting arrested themselves for the exploitation of a minor if they post the nude shots online or in public. [MSNBC]
Kids get an eyeful of fast food marketing – According to researchers from Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity there has been a substantial increase in fast food adds bombarding child audiences, and it seems to be working. Forty percent of children ages 2 to 11 ask their parents to take them to McDonald’s at least once a week, and 15 percent of preschoolers ask to go every single day. [Washington Post]
Mental health visits rise as parent deploys – As multiple deployments become a norm there is a need to investigate their effects on military families as a whole. A new study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics including more than half a million children, released information suggesting that it is harder on their psyche than anticipated. Visits for mental health concerns, like anxiety and acting out at school, were the only kind to increase during deployment; complaints for all physical problems declined, the study found. [The New York Times]
In efforts to end bullying, some see agenda – Angry parents and religious critics agree that schoolyard harassment should be stopped, but are charging liberals and gay rights groups as using the anti-bullying banner to pursue a hidden “homosexual agenda.” [The New York Times]
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