February 2010

Finally the February newsletter. I have been busy with several other projects this month. First if you visit South Jersey Babies ( you will see that it has been redone with a new focus on helping newly pregant moms to learn about the choices they need to make. Also, check out the new Baby on a Budget Article for some suggestions on raising babies in our tough economy and be sure and send me yours. You will see I have also added some advertisers from outside of the South Jersey area, including my favorite company for kids books, games and toys - Chinaberry, which I have mentioned here before.

Chinaberry Outlet - Winter 120x60Chinaberry is a great company to buy books, games, toys and other unique items for children and adults. They give great insightful reviews on their books and toys, with recommendations for age groups that will enjoy them. Check them out. You also are supporting a caring, family run business.

One other project I worked on this month was a new site based on our family's homeschooling experience. If you are thinking about homeschooling your children or know people who check out the site. Even if you think homeschooling isn't right for you there are some great ideas for games as learning activities and a list of wonderful books for elementary through high school children. You Can Homeschool web site.

Those of you who I helped with Breastfeeding though Breastfeeding Success I would love to hear how you are doing and have your testimonials for the web site.

Lastly, if you are on Facebook and haven't become fans of South Jersey Babies and Karen Kurtz, IBCLC please do and invite your friends to keep up with our latest news


I've written before about my dislike for car seats as baby carriers/seats. Here are a few excepts from a USA Today article on the subject.

Car seats can be dangerous outside the car

By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY
More than 8,700 infants end up in the emergency room each year because their car seats are used improperly outside the car, according to study presented Monday at the American Academy of Pediatrics' annual meeting in Washington

But car seats aren't a safe way to carry babies for lengthy periods outside the car, experts say.

Most of the injuries in Parikh's study occurred when car seats fell off tables, countertops or other high surfaces. In some cases, babies who weren't securely buckled fell out of the seats. Babies also were injured when car seats flipped over on soft surfaces, such as beds and couches, where infants can suffocate, he says.

And a study in Pediatrics in August found that car seats can make it difficult for babies to get enough oxygen, which led the authors to suggest that the seats be used only while infants are in cars.

Read the Full Article

New Research Shows Why Every Week of Pregnancy Counts from the Wall Street Journal

Conventional wisdom has long held that inducing labor or having a Caesarean section a bit early posed little risk, since after 34 weeks gestation, all the baby has to do was grow.

But new research shows that those last weeks of pregnancy are more important than once thought for brain, lung and liver development. And there may be lasting consequences for babies born at 34 to 36 weeks, now called "late preterm."

A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in October calculated that for each week a baby stayed in the womb between 32 and 39 weeks, there is a 23% decrease in problems such as respiratory distress, jaundice, seizures, temperature instability and brain hemorrhages.

A study of nearly 15,000 children in the Journal of Pediatrics in July found that those born between 32 and 36 weeks had lower reading and math scores in first grade than babies who went to full term. New research also suggests that late preterm infants are at higher risk for mild cognitive and behavioral problems and may have lower I.Q.s than those who go full term.

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You too can help urge Mrs. Obama to make this part of her anti-obesity campaign.

Michelle Obama Urged to Speak Out for Breastfeeding
By Malena Amusa
WeNews correspondent
Monday, February 8, 2010

Michelle Obama breastfed both her daughters and advocates are hoping she will use the platform of her anti-obesity campaign to promote breastfeeding and share her own experiences.

(WOMENSENEWS)--Michelle Obama breastfed her daughters Malia and Sasha and public health and maternal health activists are hoping she will explicitly endorse breastfeeding as part of her anti-obesity campaign.

"There have been a number of attempts to try and get Michelle Obama on board with [breastfeeding promotion]," Laurence Grummer-Strawn, branch chief for the CDC's division of nutrition and physical activity told Women's eNews. "We have someone on our staff who is going to be working with her office over the next year on a number of issues related to childhood obesity. Breastfeeding is one of the things [our staff member] wants to take to her office and they are very open to that."

In addition, the U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, who launched a report about fighting obesity with Obama in late January, endorsed breastfeeding in workplaces, hospitals and communities, "as this practice has been shown to prevent childhood obesity," Benjamin wrote.

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New Year - New Baby Special Extended

Sign up for our Choices in Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Care along with any of our Breastfeeding Success Classes and receive $5.00 off your registration for each class or package.

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Choices in Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Care
Helping you create a personal plan for the first through fourth trimesters.

Get answers to questions like:

  • Where should I have my baby?
  • Doctor or Midwife?
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  • How do I choose a Pediatrician?
  • Are all those Baby products really necessary?
  • How do I care for and feed my baby?
  • What classes should I take?
  • What Community resources exist?
  • Why does everyone tell me something different?

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