Monday, June 1, 2009

What Momma's Reading

  • The increasing popularity of Caesarean births and having children later in life are contributing to a dramatic rise in cases of diabetes in young children. (Not sure I buy this...)
  • British mothers now get nine months of paid leave, but only six weeks of that is on full pay, falling to roughly a third of the average wage after that. Sweden is the most generous of the OECD countries, not only offering most time off but also paying 80% of a woman's salary for 390 days. (In the U.S., as a freelancer, I don't get any leave at all, humph -- I was proofreading in between feedings at the NICU!)

  • Modern women pride themselves on being able to juggle a career and a family while still looking good. But the drive to have it all has started to take its toll, according to experts. They say that a new type of eating disorder is emerging among maturer women - "stressorexia". The condition affects those in their late 20s to 40s who are unwilling or unable to reduce their workload. As they become drained, anxious and stressed-out, they stop eating properly, and can experience dramatic weight loss.
  • While the average time for the appearance of the first teeth is between five and seven months of age, there is a wide normal variation of timing. The teeth might come in as early as one month of age, or they might wait until a child is almost one-and-a-half-years old. Anywhere in this range can be normal. (We looked it up because Paloma has mad spit lately)
  • "Instead, what I did was burst into tears and launch into a long explanation about how the milk in the bottle was my own, pumped at 4 in the morning while everyone else in the house was asleep. I had in fact been pumping breast milk for Abraham every two hours, I told this stranger, because my son was born with a palate abnormality that made it difficult for him to suck properly from the breast. I had weathered plugged ducts and breast infections; the milk in that very bottle was colored a faint shade of purple, from the gentian violet I'd been applying to treat a brutal case of thrush."

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