Musings of a Marfan Mom

Moment to be Excited

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OK, this is potentially lame, I understand. But you know what? I’m excited, so I’m going to post it anyway.

Many of you know I have a thing for celebrity gossip. Call it a weakness if you will. Anyway, I love Celebrity Baby Blog. I am on the website frequently, reading and commenting on many of the articles. Not all of them are about celebrities, however.

Every week, the editors of the blog pick what they deem to be the 5 most insightful comments of the week, and they post them for everyone to see. This week, MY COMMENT WAS ON THERE!!! I am excited and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

The post I was commenting on was a slightly misleading New Yotk Times article on a possible correlation between breastfeeding and rickets. Initially it appeared both on CBB and the NYT article that the author was trying to show that breastfeeding CAUSES rickets. Further reading shows this is not the case, and the author provides several possible causes.

I wrote the following: I feel like the article was set up to look like breastfeeding could cause rickets. You have to read farther to say that it’s the deficiency, and that the deficiency can be caused by too much juice or too much time indoors.

The take home message? Doctors just need to remind moms who are going to breastfeed to take (or keep taking) supplements and make sure their children get time outside. The mother of that girl did nothing wrong by breastfeeding; she just didn’t apparently know to be taking vitamins. Likewise, I don’t think that doctors telling moms to take vitamins would keep them from breastfeeding, like the one doctor seemed concerned about.

Studies I read when researching breastfeeding for a class last year showed that most women decide whether they will breastfeed before coming to the hospital to deliver their babies. Introducing the need for vitamins is not likely to dissuade moms who are committed to trying out breastfeeding from doing so.

The link is also here.

Anyway, thanks for letting me be excited about my moment of anonymous not-quite-fame. :-)

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