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When to Cut the Umbilical Cord

I came across an interesting blurb in the March issue of American Baby about the advantages of delaying clamping the umbilical cord. Did you know that a two- to three-minute delay in clamping the umbilical cord improves a child’s iron levels for this first SIX months of life, according to a new study published in the journal Maternal & Child Nutrition. Following delivery, iron-rich blood continues to flow from the placenta to the infant, and clamping and cutting the cord within seconds – a common practice in many hospitals – leaves baby with indadequate blood volume. Missing out on extra iron can hinder motor and cognitive developement. “Ahead of time, when discussing other aspects of your birth plan, ask the physician about delaying cord clamping,” suggests study author Camila Chaparro, Ph.D.

Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord improves a child's iron levels.

Researching a little further, I also found the following articles: When to Cut the Umbilical Cord: Advantages of Delayed Cord Clamping

It makes sense to me. If I was having another baby I would definitely be having this discussion with my OBGYN. What are your thoughts?

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Vaccinations: A Guide for the Perplexed

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Despite statistical predictions of how a majority will react to a vaccination, it's impossible to accurately predict how any individual will respond.

I like this article. I like it because it makes sense. I can relate to all of her examples – such as the effects of coffee and alchol from one person to another!! There is no finger pointing or I told you so…just some interesting facts and more reason why we should know more about what we are putting in our bodies and in our children’s bodies.

A Guide for the Perplexed on Vaccinations: What The Coffee Jitters Tell Us

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BPA and why we should be concerned.

Before having my third child I made a point of getting rid of all of my old baby bottles since BPA was becoming such a hot topic. I purchased great BPA free bottles from Born Free and Dr. Brown’s. What I wasn’t thinking about was all of the rest of the plastic in my household – water bottles and soup cans just to name a few. Why isn’t the USA taking a tougher stance on BPA regulations?

We are responsible for providing our children with a safe and healthy environment.

We are responsible for providing our children with a safe and healthy environment.

As a parent we want to provide a safe and healthy environment. Now I am feeling so guilty about re-heating baby food in a plastic container! I think this is a great article about the myths and dangers of BPA that is all around us. And now that you know, please tell your friends.

How bad is it?

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