Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Ricky Martin shows off toddlers Valentino and Matteo in Vanity Fair [Celebitchy]

New mom alert: How to cope with your anxious thoughts [FoxNews]

Buyers Guide 2012 [FitPregnancy]

Pregnancy safe for women with estrogen receptor positive breast cancer [EurekAlert]

Women who delay first baby "more vulnerable to postnatal depression" [DailyMail]

In vitro babies denied U.S. citizenship [USAToday]

Open Adoption: New Report Details Increase [HuffPo]

Babies Fed on Demand Have Higher Test Scores

No matter what you feed your baby, there are two general schools of thought on when you should feed him. One school believes that feeding a baby on a schedule is best, however, research seems to suggest that feeding a baby when he shows signs of hunger is better for him. A new study adds to the concept that feeding a baby on demand is better for the baby, but it also reveals that it might not be the best for mom.

Researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex and Oxford University made their findings by studying over 10,000 children born in the 1990s. They took into account the parents' economic status, education, parenting style, and maternal health in addition to the child's sex and age. Children were both breastfed and formula fed. They found that four-week-old babies fed on demand scored higher on tests at the ages of five, seven, 11 and 14. They also had an average IQ that was four points higher than their scheduled feeding counterparts. However, mothers of the children who were fed on a schedule felt more confidence, were less tearful and experienced an overall better sense of well-being.

 Interestingly, mothers who tried to feed on a schedule but couldn't manage to, also had children with higher test scores. Dr. Maria Iacavou, lead researcher, said of the finding:
"This is significant because the mothers who tried but did not manage to feed to a schedule are similar to schedule-feeding mothers. They tend to be younger, more likely to be single, more likely to be social tenants and likely to be less well-educated or to read to their child. These social characteristics are all understood to increase a child's likelihood of performing less well. It seems that it is actually having been fed to a schedule, rather than having the type of mother who attempted to feed to a schedule (successfully or not), which makes the difference."
Penelope Leach, a parenting expert, psychologist and author was not surprised by the finding. She says, "A baby's optimal brain development depends on communications between his 'emotional brain' and his mother's immediate and sensitive responses...A lot of that communication takes place around the baby's primary need and greatest pleasure: feeding."

Do you feed your baby on-demand or on a schedule?

Babies fed on demand 'do better at school' [theGuardian]
Photo Credit: Luis Miguel Bugallo S├ínchez

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Reese Witherspoon is Pregnant!

Actress Reese Witherspoon (36) is expecting her third child, her first with husband Jim Toth (41). Speculation has been running high as the actress was spotted out and about in belly-concealing outfits. Some snaps of her in a bathing suit revealed an obviously pregnant belly and friends confirmed the news to People. Rumor has it that she will not be officially announcing the news.

Witherspoon has two children with ex-husband Ryan Phillipe. Ava is 12 and Deacon is eight. Witherspoon married Toth in March of last year. When asked if she planned on having any more children last month, she said: "I would love that! I feel really good and I’m at a really good place in my life."

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Reese Witherspoon: Walking The Line To Motherhood...Again? [CelebrityBabyScoop]
Report: Reese Witherspoon Is Expecting Baby No. 3! [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mothers Find Breastfeeding Recommendations "Unrealistic"

Let's face it, for most mothers breastfeeding is no walk in the park. Hoping for the baby to latch correctly, enduring mastitis, stressing about your supply - there are so many factors that can quickly ruin the breastfeeding relationship. Recent survey results reveal that a large group of mothers believe that the World Health Organization's recommendation to exclusively breastfeed for at least six months is unrealistic.

In fact, many women feel like the recommendations are setting them up to fail. Experts from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Stirling surveyed 36 women, 26 partners, eight maternal grandmothers, one sister and two health professionals. They completed 220 interviews total. They discovered that although health organizations emphasize the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for six months, hospital practices actually tend to discourage it. There were many reasons that new mothers quit breastfeeding exclusively, such as wanting other family members to share the bonding experience. Many new mothers found expressing milk difficult or distasteful, and many had trouble breastfeeding in public. Some families felt naturally inclined to feed their baby solids before six months of age.

The authors concluded that more support is needed directly after birth and that breastfeeding goals should be presented in smaller steps. They stated in their paper:
"Adopting idealistic global policy goals like exclusive breastfeeding until six months as individual goals for women is unhelpful. More achievable incremental goals are recommended. Unanimously, families would prefer the balance to shift away from antenatal theory towards more help immediately after birth and at three to four months when solids are being considered."
Did you find exclusive breastfeeding for six months unrealistic? 

Breastfeeding advice 'unrealistic' [Google]
Photo Credit: Anton Nossik

Best of the Web: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Jessica Simpson on Jimmy Kimmel Live [YouTube]

The Myth of the Mama's Boy [Time]

8 Expert Breastfeeding Facts All Moms Need to Hear [theStir]

Baby-Proofing Tips for Gamers: Turn the Gate Around [Kotaku]

Cell phone radiation during pregnancy [WashTimes]

Court: Benefits for Babies Born After Dad's Death? [ABCNews]

The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth [theAtlantic]

Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese Welcome First Child [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Ty Burrell Welcomes a Daughter [People]

Kim Zolciak Expecting Baby No. 4 [CelebrityBabyScoop]

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Josh Lucas and Wife are Expecting!

Actor Josh Lucas (40) and his new wife Jessica are expecting their first child together! The couple secretly wed over the weekend and someone spilled the pregnancy news to USWeekly. A rep for the actor confirmed both the marriage and pregnancy.

Lucas revealed on The Tonight Show that he had met "the one," on an eco-retreat, where he had an encounter with a mountain lion. He recalls:
"I hear, totally serious, two big breaths, and six feet above me, I see the very slight glint of the eyes of a huge [mountain lion] and I literally proceed to do what I had just read in the instructions. And I started screaming and yelling and literally being as crazy as I could be, it padded off and just slowly went away and I worked my way into the trailer and I got in and I decided at that moment that this woman was the woman for me."
Jessica is a freelance writer, her last name is unknown. Lucas is best known for his leading role in the movie Sweet Home Alabama and his appearances on NBC's The Firm.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Exclusive: Josh Lucas, Girlfriend Are Married -- and Expecting! [USWeekly]

Monday, March 19, 2012

Featured Babies of the Week

Every week we feature the best baby photos sent to us through our Babies of the Week contest. We receive photos from parents from all over the world. Here are a few of our favorites:
Ian Thomas was born was born on June 8th, 2011 and loves jumping. He is eating his first Oreo cookie in this picture. Mom says: "He is so sweet. So incredibly happy, smiles and giggles all the time."

Ty-Lee Littlejohn was born on February 7th, 2011. He loves to dance and listen to music. His favorite song is "Baby" by Justin Beiber. Ty-Lee likes to play with his family and sing his ABC's. Mom says he is a funny, intelligent and happy baby.

Anna Grace was born six weeks early. She is pictured here at 12 weeks-old and is doing great.

Gabrielle Zara was born on August 23rd, 2011. Here she is experiencing snow for the first time at three-months-old. Mom says she was very alert from the day she was born, amazing the nurses.

Thanks to all the parents who sent us their pictures. You can see the rest of the featured photos on the front page of BabyWeekly. To enter your baby picture for the Baby of the Week contest, please click here. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, it may take many months before your baby's photo is featured.

Fetal Development - Week 16 (Video)

Your baby now weighs just over 3 ounces and measures about 4.5 inches long. You may have an ultrasound scheduled soon which may tell you whether it's a boy or a girl, if you want to know.
His or her fingernails and toenails are now fully formed, and internally your baby's urinary tract and bladder are functioning, emptying about once every hour.