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  • Why I Formula-Feed

    Ali Hynek of Nena & Co. opens up about her baby feeding journey.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Navigating your way through your feeding journey as a new parent can feel overwhelming. Breastfeeding, formula-feeding, or combo-feeding — no matter which you decide is right for you and your family, there’s always someone else doing it differently. Which, on the hardest days, can make you feel like you’re doing it all wrong.

    But you’re not. We know you’re doing the best you can, and we think you’re doing great. You’re doing it your way, and we’re proud of you for that. In case you need a little more inspiration and motivation though, we’re launching a new series to show off the very diverse feeding journeys of some very diverse parents. And whether they breastfeed, formula-feed or combo-feed, they’re doing it with positivity. We hope you are too.

    First up, meet Ali Hynek, founder of the ethically made handbag company Nena & Co. and new mama of triplets. Below, Ali shares her own feeding journey, and why formula-feeding helps empower her to be a more confident mother.

    “Having three babies at once really changes a lot of expectations. Whenever I thought of having children, I always assumed I would breastfeed. When I found out I was having triplets, I still felt like I would at least try my best to breastfeed to a certain extent. It was a hot topic for me and my doctor. He was very supportive no matter what I decided to do, but he really tried to stress to me that should I decide to formula-feed, my babies would be just as smart, loved and happy as a breastfed baby. So, my conclusion was..."

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Feb. 12th, 2018

    Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water (NY Times): "Since 1982, between 3 and 10 percent of the country’s water systems have been in violation of federal Safe Drinking Water Act health standards each year. In 2015 alone, as many as 21 million Americans may have been exposed to unsafe drinking water."

    Going Green For Little Kids Means Dressing In The Dark, Turning Off The iPad (Washington Post): Preparing kids for the 21st-century economy and the 21st-century citizenry.

    Microplastics Pollute Most Remote And Uncharted Areas Of The Ocean (The Guardian): First data ever gathered from extremely remote area of the South Indian Ocean has a surprisingly high volume of plastic particles, say scientists. 

    Using Art To Tackle Obesity And Diabetes In Youth (NY Times): "The campaign, called The Bigger Picture, aims to get teenagers and young adults to view the diabetes crises in their communities not just as a medical problem but as a social justice problem tied to stress, poverty, violence and limited access to healthy and affordable foods."

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  • How to Talk About Informed Consent with Kids

    What the horrific trial of Larry Nassar has taught us.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Teaching our children about consent and their bodies has never been more urgent. Many of us have watched in horror as the details emerged in the trial of former doctor to the American gymnastics team Larry Nassar, who, under the guise of medical care, abused over 150 young women — some as young as 6 years old. It’s been a sobering parenting lesson in communication with our children, about boundaries and bodies and authority figures.

    And yet, there are subtle, everyday ways we undermine the lessons we teach our children about consent — through our own actions and the actions of others, many with whom we are complicit.

    This especially hit very close to home during a...

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Feb. 5th, 2017

    The Importance Of Infants' Exposure To Micro-Organisms (NY Times): "A growing number of researchers and consumers are now paying more attention to where it all begins, especially how this huge population of microbes in our bodies, called the microbiome, is affected, for good or bad, by how babies are born and nourished."

    Breaking Gender Stereotypes In The Toy Box (NY Times): "A new study suggests the potential power of words and images to counter gender stereotypes and open up with children see as possible interests and activities for themselves. And experts say that those choices are significant because they can influence the skills children learn and the possibilities they see for themselves." 

    Will Air-Quality Monitoring Be The Next Health Tracking Craze? (Fast Company): Unlike the weather, air quality isn't consistent across a city; it fluctuates block by block. 

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  • Breastfeeding Sweaters You’ll Need This Winter

    You can stay warm while nursing your baby on the go.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Time to layer up, mama! Winter is finally here, which means sweaters and turtlenecks are in order — and that also applies to all the nursing mamas out there.

    How can this be, you wonder? After all, nursing on the go means that you need easy access to the boob, which seems pretty incompatible with big, wintery tops. Well, that’s no longer the case. Many brands have designed sweaters with the nursing mom in mind. Perfect for colder temps, these tops have strategically placed openings for your little one to easily get a little nip while you can warm and cozy.

    Without further ado, here are 7 nursing sweaters you should snag right now before they fly off the shelves

    1. Teat & Cosset. Italian-made, luxurious and classic pieces that will stand the test of time beyond breastfeeding, Teat & Cosset is a brand to keep on your radar — it. We are loving the Katelyn Maternity and Nursing Sweater to keep you warm (and stylish!) during these colder months.

    2. Loyal Hana. You’ll want to buy the entire collection for all your maternity and nursing needs because Loyal Hana hits fashion, function and comfort out of the park. We love the Wiley Sweater for wearing in both your personal and professional life.

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Jan. 29th, 2018

    AltSchool Has Been Quietly Testing Its Platform In Public Schools (Fast Company): Education startup AltSchool is known for its micro-schools and personalized learning platform.

    The Truck Gene (NY Times): "This is the mystery of personal taste and personal interest and it is part of what makes us human, and what makes us individual humans. But it's kind of amazing that it's present so early, and so powerfully, as children look around the world; that they are capable of being bitten--hard--by some particular bug."

    Our Screenless Future Calls For Augmented Parenting (Fast Company): "Of course I worry about my children encountering the dangers and excesses of the virtual world, just as I do in the real world. But children have always shown humanity how to adapt."

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