Science Based Parenting
I’m not totally sure what I’m looking for here. My husband and I are discussing how many children we want. We have two. Part of us wants to be done, part wants to end up with four. In addition to parental availability, money, and space, is there anything else I should be considering scientifically speaking?
I am having my second child in late November and have begun considering my strategy for feeding this time around. I plan to combination feed breast milk and formula from day 1.
I find myself incredibly frustrated with breastfeeding resources because most of them cite myths related to breastfeeding (colostrum being enough, nipple confusion, small baby stomach size, etc.). There is just so much woo in the breastfeeding world. Also, formula feeding resources don’t tend to offer advice on how to incorporate breastfeeding and maintain supply while offering formula. The advice I find is very black or white. You either breastfeed or you don’t.
So I am left to wonder, what evidence-based information is out there regarding combination feeding? The Fed is Best foundation has a guide for feeding in the beginning, which says to offer each breast for 15 minutes and then top off with formula in 15mL increments, but they offer no longer term strategies.
Something I learned recently is that prolactin is highest between 11pm to 7am, which will definitely help me strategize for when to remove breast milk in order to maintain supply.
I am also open to anecdotes related to combination feeding strategies since there may not be much available for actual evidence. How did your family handle combination feeding?
My husband and I had requested no one kiss babies and to keep their faces out of babies faces. They are 5 months old and still waiting on some vaccines and are not eligible for Covid vaccines yet. We are located in the US so winter months are approaching as is flu season etc.
Grandparents get a ton of enjoyment out of blowing raspberries back and forth with the kids and we are concerned that’s actually worse than giving kisses on the back of the head etc.
I have concerns of Covid, RSV and herpes being passed to babies and we are thinking we need to reassess what the rules are around babies. Looking for help on where the risks truly are and what other science based parents have done.
Is back of head kisses risky? Are belly raspberries risky? I do think raspberries need to stop, especially up close to them.
Truly appreciate any responses on this! As you can probably tell, we are first time parents 😅
Hello! I'm a mum who is also a psychology researcher. We are currently undertaking a study looking at sleep in new mums and are looking for mums to complete our survey.
If you live in Australia, are aged 18+ and have a child under 12 months, it would be great if you could participate in our study!
Follow the link to participate in the anonymous survey https://cqu.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5j22cb6hLxjbyQe
CQUniversity is looking for mums to participate in a short survey looking at the impacts of infant feeding and sleep, and maternal mental health on maternal sleep. The survey will also look at the relationship between maternal sleep and driving safety.
The anonymous survey will consist of questions asking about how your child is fed, how your child sleeps, your mental health, your own sleep, and your driving behaviours.
By participating in the survey, you will be providing valuable information on Australian mothers' sleep and mental health.
Children’s health defense run by RFK is absolutely horrifying. I went to high school with a guy who is now a “pediatric chiropractor” 😬 who keeps sharing posts by the organization about the Covid vaccine and other childhood vaccines. I promptly unfollowed him from instagram.
But I was wondering if anyone has done any research that exploits the organization? I’m assuming they make a pretty penny by spreading misinformation and preying on parents’ fears?