We've been so consumed with our book deadline that we almost missed the latest breastfeeding controversy. Seems like those scary commercials that have been talked about for ages are finally going to see the light of day. Talking about formula feeding's risks rather than breastfeeding's benefits makes people all kinds of anxious. The Times has a bunch of irritating quotes that beautifully illustrate the problem: A woman was told by her doctor that some women just can't make enough milk (not untrue, but rare enough it suggests that it may have been worth trying other solutions) and a somewhat sanctimonious Attachment Parent who hasn't spent a night away from her breastfeeding children in six years, except to have another one. Apparently this was the most emailed Times article of the week, and it's started a nasty debate on Gothamist too. If we weren't so damn tired from editing the breastfeeding chapter over here, we'd probably have something really important to say on the subject.
Consumer Reports recommends a zero tuna policy for pregnant women, based on the use of unlabeled high mercury light tuna species in some cans of fish. 6% of cans tested way higher in mercury than most. Bet all the pregnant women who have been dilligently following the FDA's more tentative restrictions are feeling pretty excited about this. Here's an article comparing the two. The report suggests salmon, shrimp, clams and tilapia instead. Wonder how tilapia tastes with mayo.
Not that women bursting at the end of nine full months of pregnancy
don't want to have lots of intercourse just for the pleasure of it