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Is your baby telling you to stop breastfeeding? Is it too soon for solid foods?

Is your baby telling you to stop breastfeeding?  Is it too soon for solids?I have breastfed two children for a total of over five years.  One child was ready to quit when we stopped, and one child was not.

I’ve always been a proponent of baby-led weaning (baby signals when it is time to stop breastfeeding).  Unfortunately for many children, whether on formula or breastmilk, this occurs when solids are introduced.   40% of parents introduce solid food too soon.

iTechPost explains:

Pediatricians suggest that babies should be on breast milk or formula until they reach the age of at least 6 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics first said that 4 months was acceptable, a rule that was advised for 20 years. Evidence supporting the health benefits of feeding babies breast milk caused experts to increase the age to 6 months. Although the group said that babies should be fed only breast milk for those first six months, mothers have the option of turning to baby formula instead.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a nationwide survey and found that many mothers are giving babies solid food too soon. According to the data obtained from 1,334 mothers, 40 percent gave their baby solid food before they reached 4 months of age and 9 percent started their babies as early as 4 weeks old. A study detailing the results was published Monday (March 25) in the journal, Pediatrics.

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Want your kid to go to sleep? Cut out TV time before bed.

bigstock-Young-Girl--Child-Sleeping-2966504I haven’t read Go the F**k to Sleep, but I understand the sentiment. All parents have been in the situation when our children will not settle down and go to sleep. It is especially frustrating when you have plans for their snoozing time and patience runs thin, or you worry about your child being exhausted the  next day.

There are many strategies to ease your children to bed on time:

  • Make sure they get enough exercise throughout the day
  • Eat dinner early
  • Avoid caffeine (it’s in chocolate)
  • Take a hot bath
  • Read to them

What you do prior to sleep onset is very important.  New research has found screen time to cause later sleep onset.

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Generation Rx: Is Over-Medication Endangering Our Kids’ Health?

by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Executive Director/CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World

I first heard the term “Generation Rx” in a speech given by Allergy Kids Foundation’s Robyn O’Brien, a long-time supporter and now board member of Healthy Child Healthy World.

The idea is especially relevant this week, as I read about new study published in Pediatrics that focused on the over-prescription of antibiotics to kids.

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5 Green Products: Dr. Sears Family Essentials, Nourish, May Books Baby Diary, Erin Baker’s Breakfast Cookies, Bebe Au Lait

1.  Dr. Sears Family Essentials Baby Care

Dr. Sears and family have long been trusted advisers of health and child-rearing. They clearly support attachment, natural parenting without coming off as too didactic. Now, the Sears family has created a line of baby care products that are 100% natural.

In the Sears family, we’ve made healthy children our life’s mission. After raising eight children and practicing pediatric medicine for more than 30 years, we have answered questions from thousands of parents. Millions more have sought our advice through our 40+ pediatric books, articles in parenting magazines, and our appearances on more than 100 television programs such as 20/20, Donahue, Good Morning America, Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, NBC’s Today Show and Dateline.

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Prolonged breastfeeding study: “Fat energy contribution of breast milk to the infant diet might be significant” > 1 year

A common belief about extended breastfeeding is that the quality of a mother’s milk declines the longer her child continues to nurse.  Parents often question if toddlers really benefit from prolonged breastfeeding, as their nutritional needs begin to be met by solid foods; however, mothers who do breastfeed beyond a year know intuitively that their children are not only socially and emotionally more secure, but they are healthy.  Science backs up what moms already know.

According to “Fat and Energy Contents of Expressed Human Breast Milk in Prolonged Lactation” published in Pediatrics in 2005,

Conclusions. Human milk expressed by mothers who have been lactating for >1 year has significantly increased fat and energy contents, compared with milk expressed by women who have been lactating for shorter periods. During prolonged lactation, the fat energy contribution of breast milk to the infant diet might be significant.

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5 Top Green Parent Posts: Hershey & Child Labor, ADHD & Diet, Increased Sedentary Behavior Before Adolescence, Russian Baby Swinger, Evil Disney Princesses

1.  Natural Papa: Hershey’s Chocolate Changes Children’s Lives (but not the way you might think)

Hershey is the favorite chocolate brand in the U.S., with 42.5% of the market, but much of the cocoa used to produce their chocolate may very well have been produced with forced labor, human trafficking, and abusive child labor.

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ABC Dubs Breastfeeding Toddlers “Extreme”

If you are a mom that has breastfed your child past the standard norm in the US, then you are an “extreme” breastfeeder.  Get those boobies ready for the X Games!

Seriously though, when most of the world breastfeeds their children way beyond infancy, why would the mainstream media call it “extreme” in the US.

Oh, sensationalism gets your attention, and how dare a mother use her breasts for feeding a child rather than for sexualization.

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Down Syndrome Surprisingly Increases in Last 24 Years

Photo by annikaleighThe number of babies with Down syndrome grows

The number of babies with Down syndrome grows

The amount of genetic screenings suggested to prospective parents in prenatal care has grown dramatically over the years.  From cystic fibrosis to sickle cell anemia, pregnant parents may find out before birth if their child has a genetic disorder, but then what? Given the prevalence of genetic screenings, researchers were shocked to find the incidence of Down syndrome has actually increased by 31 percent over the last 24 years.

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Parenting Magazines Often Depict Infants in Unsafe Sleeping Positions

advertisements mislead parents as to best infant sleeping positionDo you put an infant to sleep on its belly or on its back? Over time, the advice on how best to prevent SIDS with infant sleeping positions has changed, yet parenting magazines have not kept pace with the changes.   Do these misleading images negatively affect parents in choosing the safest sleep position for their infants?  Pediatrics, the official magazine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is concerned. [Read more…]

Bleach Prescribed to Relieve Eczema Itching: Talk About a Toxic Bath!

bleach baths for eczema?

Editor’s note: The following post was originally published on Green and Clean Mom. “Green & Clean Mom can inspire you to try a little harder, be a catalyst for change and to offer you some new tips and news on how to be the green, sexy and sassy mom…I know you are!”

The New York Times recently reported that a  study was just published in the Journal of Pediatrics showing the children who took a bath in a half a cup of bleach per full standard tub were relieved of their eczema related itching. The bleach apparently had very little odor and the children were relieved of the itching. One article totes the solution of using bleach in the bath with children as “safe, simple and inexpensive…” and I’m trying to figure out how the hell this is safe.  Something is seriously messed up about this and I’m feeling very sick over the idea of a child breathing the toxic fumes, having their body exposed to the toxic substance when bath time should be a safe place to play. Do the children drink the water? How does it not get in their eyes? How is this legal and okay? Time Magazine explains that using the bleach bath might sound harsh but it’s safer than exposing children to the antibiotics…

“The bottom line is that the more antibiotics we use, the higher the risk for something becoming resistant to them,” says Dr. Amy Paller, a study author, specialist in pediatric dermatology and chair of the dermatology department at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “The beauty of something like dilute bleach is that one doesn’t get resistance to it.”

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Study Finds Bikes Only Second to Cars in Childhood Injuries

childhood bike-related injuries second only to carsThe green movement has espoused the use of bicycles as a carbon-neutral form of transportation. Health experts suggest bicycle riding can combat childhood obesity.

A new report reveals an estimated 389,300 children and adolescents 18-years and younger were treated in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries, making bicycles second only to cars in consumer products that cause childhood injuries.

Even with mandated helmets and safety programs, children are experiencing contusions and abrasions (30 percent), lacerations (30 percent) and fractures (19 percent) mostly to their extremities followed closely by face and head injuries. According to the study, boys are 70% more likely than girls to be hurt on bikes. Tracy Mehan, a research associate at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and author of a new study explains the results:[social_buttons]

While the number of injuries decreased slightly over the 16-year study period, in 2005 an average of 850 children per day were seen in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries.  The magnitude of bicycle-related injuries each year is evidence that prevention of these injuries needs to remain a priority.

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