"Yes!!! I started cloth diapering my daughter around 4 months and fell I love. The start up can be pricey but in the long run, so worth it. The best part- you can use them again for future kids too! Saving you even more money. Not only that but they are adorable and have so many cute designs now. Plus they don't have all the nasty chemicals that disposables do and don't fill up our landfills with yucky crap that won't start to decompose for hundreds of years. My favorite brands are "Sunbaby" and "Baby Wizard". There are co ops you can join that you can get them for pretty cheap too." - Estee Howlett
"I will def be using CD. I didn't with the first two who are 1 & 2 and I dread buying diapers at the store every month!!!! I have better things to spend my money on...and I'm becoming more of a tree hugger these days. The fact that it takes a diaper over 500 years to decompose is disgusting and I don't want to have any part in that any more. Hubby is not as excited because he's never even seen a cloth diaper but hopefully once we get into it he will be fully on board." -Akiki Reynolds
We CD!!! I love love love it...at first I was terrified of it. A few of my friends did it and I went to a couple classes at a cloth store and they helped me a lot! Now I couldn't imagine not doing it!" -Brittney Lauren
"I did disposable with my first, but when I realized how much money it would save, I decided to go cloth this time around. I'm pretty excited. I mean I can diaper my kid for $300 total vs $2000. The extra laundry every three days just seemed worth it to me." -Christina Lawrence
"Love cloth! And I will be cloth diapering 2 and will only wash diapers every other day. There will be 6 people in my house so I wash AT LEAST 1 load of regular laundry a day anyway, usually 2. One more doesn't bother me." -Josie Martin
"Mom of 4. I never did the cloth diapers for two reasons one couldn't afford the diaper service and two just liked the convenience of the disposable ones. I know not very Eco-friendly sorry." -Jennifer Guest
"I'm not against it but that's not for me. My electric bill would be a lot higher if I had to do laundry everyday. Poop particles stay in the washer too. So if you don't run a load with just bleach and water after, all the clothes you wash after that is getting poop as particles on them." -Jessica Wilson
"We use disposable diapers for a few reasons. We couldn't afforded the up front costs and there is a bit of work to be done to cloth diapers. My kids are now 1 and 2 and I am glad we did disposables. When a poopy nasty diaper comes you can throw it out and be done. We had a diaper part with #2 instead of a regular part since we still had stuff from #1. Helped bunches! We didn't buy diapers for either kid for close to 6 months. But I kept my eye open for sales and clearance." -Carli Robbins
"I considered using cloths for the purpose of "saving $$" but when researching diaper services (having someone pick up and drop off) there wasn't much of a price difference. Even with cleaning them at home it seemed draining. I hate laundry and to spray and clean poop vs throwing the darn diaper in a pail I chose disposables. It's one less thing to worry about." -Julia McGee
"We are doing disposables...I can't picture having MORE laundry and spending time to clean poop off of the fabric. So it's more expensive, but in the long run it will save me time. I have heard cloth diapers and disposable diapers come out to about the same amount when you consider that you buy them both, need to buy more as the baby gets bigger, pay for a cleaning service to pick them up (unless you do it yourself)." -Maria Greer
Yes! As a matter of fact, cloth diapering has become quite the vogue thing to do, especially among environmentally conscious parents. All of the new choices in cloth diapers have made it as easy to use cloth diapers as it is to use disposable diapers. We asked and you told us! Read what a few of our readers say about cloth diapering!
Have you ever wondered what exactly your child needs to know before kindergarten? Here is a list based upon a Preschool Inventory given to children at the very end of a local Pre-Kindergarten program.
Please keep in mind as you look over this list that kids learn best with hands-on experiences, not memorization or drill practice! These early years with our children should be about fostering a love to play, explore, and learn! Also, it is important to note that our children are all different and gifted in unique ways. This is simply a guide…not something to stress about! Finally, all areas of development are of equal importance to young children! Gross motor and social development tasks are just as important as cognitive and pre-reading tasks at this age.
Have fun learning together through games and various experiences while still encouraging your child’s natural creativity!
Personal and Social Development
Approach to learning
Interactions with Others
Language and Literacy
Literature and Reading
Patterns and Relationships
Number concept and operations
Geometry and spatial relations
You know the drill: You give your child an ultimatum -- "Get dressed or we're staying home!" -- and naturally she says, "Okay, we'll stay home!" Might as well plant a big "L" on your forehead. We all see our discipline efforts backfire on occasion (hey, you're tired!), and of course there are those battles just not worth fighting (no kid ever flunked preschool because his teeth were furry). But you do need to prove you're the parent at least some of the time. Learning to avoid these discipline land mines can help you hop to it.
Way to Blow It #1: Tell a Big Ole Lie
"My two-year-old daughter, Chloe, fights me about going to her babysitter's house every Monday," says New Jersey mom Gina Kane. One morning when Chloe refused to get out of the car, "I pointed to the house next door and told her it was a daycare center run by the caveman from the Geico commercials, which really scare her," says Kane. "I said she had a choice: Go to the sitter's house or to the caveman's daycare." Mission accomplished -- Chloe dashed to the sitter's door. Fast-forward a week: The babysitter casually asked Kane if she knew of a daycare center in the neighborhood because her daughter couldn't stop talking about it. "I was mortified having to explain, and Chloe now thinks that all daycare centers are run by cavemen," Kane admits. "I'm in big trouble if I ever actually have to send her to daycare."
A Better Way: Little white lies are so tempting in a pinch. You might even get away with them sometimes. Another mom had a great run while her toddler was afraid of a local clown named Macaroni. Whenever he refused to cooperate, she'd just say, "Maybe we should get Macaroni!" and the little guy would immediately don his pj's or gobble his carrots. But as Kane found out, scare tactics can and do come back to bite you in the butt, so it's best to be honest, says Bonnie Maslin, author of Picking Your Battles. Kane could have said instead, "I know sometimes you don't want to go to your babysitter. Sometimes I don't want to go to work." Empathizing would have made the Monday-morning transition easier.
Way to Blow It #2: Back Down
You want a surefire way to make sure your kids never listen to you? Threaten but don't act. My daughter Ella and I recently went for a playdate at a friend's house, where the little girl kept snatching away whatever toy Ella picked up. Her mom would say, "Give that back to Ella or I'll take it away," and then turn back to our conversation. Of course, as soon as Ella moved on to another toy, the little girl wanted that one.
A Better Way: It's no fun to be the bad guy, but if a child acts out, there has to be a consequence. "Repeatedly saying 'If you don't stop throwing sand, I'm going to make you leave the sandbox' won't stop the bad behavior," says Bridget Barnes, coauthor of Common Sense Parenting for Toddlers and Preschoolers.
"What your child hears is 'I can keep doing this a few more times before Mom makes me stop.'"Instead, give a warning, and then, if your child does it again, give an immediate consequence such as a time-out. If he continues, leave. The next time, a gentle reminder should do the trick: "Remember how we had to leave when you threw the sand? I hope we don't have to go home early again today."
Way to Blow It #3: Dis Dad (or Vice Versa)
When Polly Lugosi and her husband, Jim, take their two kids, Zoe, 5, and Miles, 2, out for a treat, this Milwaukie, OR, couple tells them that they have to behave or they won't get it. "Unfortunately, my husband is a complete pushover and always gives them the treat even if they act up," says Polly.
A Better Way: Even though Jim doesn't mean to undermine Polly's efforts, that's exactly what he's doing. Showing a united front won't just help your child behave better, it'll also prevent you from feeling like the bad guy all the time. "If you and your husband prefer to use different punishments, that's okay -- just as long as there are consequences for the same actions," says Nancy Schulman, coauthor of Practical Wisdom for Parents: Demystifying the Preschool Years. When your child is out of earshot, create a list of rules and discuss different options, she says.
Way to Blow It #4: Bribe a Little Too Often
"My two-year-old daughter, Isabelle, has never been a great eater," says Liz Samuel, a mom in Montclair, NJ. "So I once offered her a piece of chocolate if she would just finish her lunch." The reward worked perfectly: Isabelle ate her chicken and sweet-potato fries -- but then she demanded another treat at dinnertime. "Now, whenever I want her to eat, she asks for either chocolate or a lollipop," complains the mom. "Plus, she'll eat just one fry and then expect her treat."
A Better Way: We all need to keep a good bribe up our sleeves -- to get through the grocery store, a church service, or that new episode of Mad Men you had to TiVo because you were too whipped to stay up for it. But the experts insist that reinforcing good behavior is a better way to go. "So instead of saying 'If you're good at Grandma's today, I'll buy you a toy,' try 'I'm really proud of you for sitting so nicely during dinner at Grandma's,'" advises Maslin. And don't underestimate the power of disappointment. "Saying 'I'm really sad you broke the present Daddy gave me' makes a child feel appropriately bad about his behavior," says Maslin. "You may feel like a terrible parent in the moment, but you're actually helping your child develop a conscience."
Way to Blow It #5: Break Your Own Rules
When Anne Wear's 2-year-old son, Brandon, would do things he shouldn't -- take his mom's car keys or pull books off the shelf, for example -- this High Point, NC, mom would slap his hand and say "No, sir!" in a harsh tone of voice. "It worked great," she says, "until his preschool teacher caught him slapping the hands of any child who took his toy or cut in front of him in line!" Wear quickly realized that she couldn't say it was wrong for Brandon to smack his friends' hands when she and her husband, Brian, were doing the same thing to him. "We switched to time-outs," says Wear.
A Better Way: Not only are kids little mimics, emulating your bad behaviors, but they'll call you on it, as Suzi Dougherty found out. Her 2-year-old, Will, knows that throwing toys in the house is a definite no-no. "But one day my husband, Chris, threw a dog toy into the next room, just to get it out from underfoot," says this Newburgh, NY, mom. "Will immediately ordered him into a time-out! Since then, we try to be more careful and follow our own rules," she says. "But on the plus side, at least it showed us that the 'no throwing toys' rule is starting to sink in!"
Way to Blow It #6: Lose It
Taking care of an active toddler requires a lot of patience. But there are times when Gabrielle Howe of Staten Island, NY, finds herself at the end of her rope when dealing with 2-year-old Thea. "One particularly trying day I completely lost it and yelled at Thea," admits this working mom. "She then tried to send me to my room!"
A Better Way: Time-outs aren't just for kids -- they work great for adults, too. "Give yourself permission to walk away," says Schulman. "Take a deep breath, count to ten, and then you'll be much more effective when disciplining your child." Walk into another room if you need to, as long as your child is safe in his crib or a childproofed room. "If you can't leave your child alone, then you should both go into another room," she adds. "Often a change of scenery will help you both cool off." If your husband or a friend is around, just say "I need a break, can you handle this one?" suggests Schulman. And remember that kids are expert at pushing your buttons, but if you can avoid letting the situation escalate by giving one warning and then an immediate consequence, it may help keep you both calm.
Way to Blow It #7: Wait Too Long
Recently I was stuck in traffic with my 2-year-old daughter, Ella, when she started getting fidgety and tried to wiggle out of her car seat. Frustrated by both the slow trip home and the endless rounds of "Row, row, row your boat," I told her that if she didn't put her buckle back on correctly, she wouldn't get to have a bedtime story that night -- a technique that works great when my daughter's procrastinating about getting into her pajamas or brushing her teeth before bed. This time, though, bedtime was hours away -- and the threat pretty much meaningless. Ella didn't stop playing with her seat buckle, and it seemed pointless to remind her about it hours later when she was getting ready for bed.
A Better Way: "Kids don't remember what they did wrong an hour after the fact, never mind the next day," says Barnes. "You want to show them the consequences of their actions as close to the bad behavior as possible." If your child hits a friend with a toy truck, don't cancel tomorrow's playdate -- just take away the truck.Way to Blow It #8: Talk On... and On... and On
My husband, Patrick, tends to launch into long explanations with Ella, like how going to sleep is a good idea because she'll feel well rested for our upcoming busy day at Grandma's house. Tempting as it can be to try and reason with a young child, you might as well be speaking gibberish.
A Better Way: "Kids are not mini-adults," says Barnes. "Long explanations or instructions go right over their heads." Saying "No cookies before dinner" is enough to get the point across; you can skip the lecture about how sweets will spoil a tiny appetite. Keep your words age-appropriate, too. "I had one parent who was tired of always telling his son to stop whining," says Barnes. "Then one day his child finally asked, 'What's whining?'" It's okay to use a term like whining as long as you explain what you mean: "I can't understand you when you whine. Please use your big-boy voice."
Getting Back on Track
You gave a warning, then caved in. Or you yelled at your kid- for yelling at you. Below, how to fix your own bad behavior.
Get Over It "We all make mistakes. Don't beat yourself up. Just say 'I know I said -- or did -- something I shouldn't have. Let's try to all follow these rules from now on.'"
Take it Slow Even if you feel like your discipline techniques need to be completely overhauled, pick two of your top issues and start there. Don't overwhelm your child with 20 new rules. "Sit down when he's calm and go over the rules so he knows what's expected of him.''
Work Around It Let's say your child always has a tantrum over what to eat for breakfast. Rather than duke it out each morning, offer your child just two choices -- say, cereal or eggs -- so he can still feel in control.
Give it Time "It takes time to undo a pattern of bad behavior. If you start being consistent, they'll catch on. It may take ten or twenty times, but they'll get it."
Q&A: How can I entertain baby? I'm trying not to let my baby watch so much TV, but I sometimes have trouble keeping her entertained and engaged. What can I do differently?
Baby’s needs and abilities will change along with growth, but active playtime is extremely important during the first year, when the brain is developing at a fast rate. Always keep your baby’s physical and mental development in mind when playing together, and remember -- you can have fun, too! Some things to think about as you play...
Don’t stick baby in a playpen for too long. Take her out and let her explore the room. Babies love to crawl over things, so put some pillows down and let baby navigate her way around them.
Release your inner child
When your baby is able to crawl, get down and crawl with her -- kids love it when you’re down on their level.
Give baby a workout
It’s important for baby to develop her muscles, and you can show her how. Wiggle your toes, stretch your arms and shake a rattle, so that baby will mimic your movements. Work those arm muscles by giving baby light and small toys to pick up or hold on to.
Change it up
Stimulate baby’s mind in different ways -- don’t just stick to the same old toys all the time. Blow bubbles at your baby in the park or show baby how you can build different things with soft blocks. In the early months, baby will watch more than play, of course, but you can stimulate reflexes, imagination, and awareness simply by showing her how you play.
Crack open a good book!
Don’t underestimate the power of reading to your baby, who naturally loves the sound of mommy’s voice. Baby has a short attention span, though, so be sure to have plenty of interactive books on your bookshelf. Touch and feel, lift-a-flap and scanimation books are especially fun.
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We probably don’t have to tell you this: When toddlerhood hits so do the meltdowns (sorry!). Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could stop your toddler’s tantrums in their tracks -- or prevent them from happening in the first place? Say no more.
Toddlers often throw fits when you’ve told them they’re not allowed to do or have something, or when you want them to do something they don’t want to (like leave the playground!). One solution is to create ground rules up front. Tell your child that if you say it’s time to leave the playground, they must leave the playground. Make it known that resistance isn’t going to change that. Then, when it’s time to go, don’t let them convince you to stay -- even if it’s only five minutes longer.
“You shouldn’t say it’s not okay to throw food one day and then let the child do it the next, for example,” says Alanna Levine, MD, a pediatrician in New York City and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Over time, your toddler will start to learn what behavior is expected of them, and they’ll likely learn to cooperate better.
Get Everyone In on It
“You and other caregivers, like your babysitter and partner, should be on the same page with how to handle it when the rules are broken,” says Levine. That way, your toddler’s less likely to try to push the boundaries around different people.
Keep Your Cool
When your child starts freaking out, it’s really easy to have your own little eruption -- but know that if you yell, cry or get mad, it could just make the episode worse. So remind yourself that this is what toddlers do sometimes, and try not to take it personally. Even if you feel like screaming, don’t let him know it. “Take a deep breath and start acting,” says Levine. “You don’t want two people upset and hysterical.” Hey, if you model calm behavior, maybe your toddler will take a hint and learn to be calmer when he’s angry, too. (That might take some extra time though.)
Call for Backup
Simply can’t keep your cool? Make sure your toddler is in a safe place, like his crib or a playpen, then take a step back and call for help. “Tell your husband you’re about to lose it, and let him step in so you can leave,” says Levine. It will probably be easier for him to approach the situation without stressing, if he wasn’t part of its escalation. (And remember to help him out in the same way in the future, when he’s part of an explosive situation.)
Ignore the Outburst
Sometimes toddlers just want attention. It doesn’t matter to them if it’s positive or negative attention, and a tantrum is a great way to get it. So maybe instead of punishing or yelling at your child, let him work it out himself. We’re not saying ignore him -- just comfort him and wait until he calms down. And most important, don’t give in. “Toddlers are at a tough age -- they don’t have the mental capacity to problem-solve and reason,” says Levine. “Consistently show them that a tantrum isn’t an effective way to get what they want.” Over time, the fits will likely occur less frequently.
Distract, Distract, Distract
“There are some parents who can distract their children out of their tantrums,” says Levine. “So if they see their child getting hysterical, they tell them a joke or ask them if they want a piece of candy or do something silly to distract them. That works for some kids, but for some kids it won’t.” Do a few experiments to see what works for yours.
Teach your child the skills she needs to ask you -- nicely -- for the things she wants. Your kid should know that if she wants a cookie while you’re in the grocery aisle, instead of creating a scene, she should ask you without whining. That means plenty of prep work. Explain all this stuff at a time when she’s calm, in simple terms she can understand. Then when you’re in the thick of it, remind her of how she’s supposed to ask for things.
“In the moment a toddler’s screaming, even if you talk rationally, she’s not going to hear it,” says Levine. “Explain -- out of the moment -- that mommy wants her to smile when she asks for something and that you won’t do what she wants if she’s screaming and crying for it. Then when the time comes, remind her: ‘What kind of face does mommy want?’”
Resist a Quick Fix
Okay, we know the title of this article is “10 Ways to Tame a Tantrum,” but sometimes you actually shouldn’t stop the blowup while it’s happening -- especially if it means breaking the rules to make a quick fix. For example, if your toddler isn’t allowed to have cookies until after dinner but she wants one while you’re at the supermarket, resist the urge to give her a cookie right then and there to stop the shouting. Know that sticking to those rules you’ve created won’t stop this flare-up, but it will help prevent future ones. Have faith that your consistency will work.
Walk Out the Door
Stuck in the grocery aisle with a toddler who just won’t stop screaming, no matter what you do? “Sometimes you just need to ditch the shopping cart and leave the store,” says Levine. The change of scenery will likely change the behavior. And, let’s face it, your home is a much more safe-feeling place for your toddler -- so go there.
Know Your Child’s Limits
The more uncomfortable your toddler is, the higher the odds of a tantrum. So make every effort to stick closely to her comfort zone. “If bedtime is 7:30, don’t go out to dinner at 8 p.m. and expect her to behave,” says Levine. “Keep your child’s moods and schedule in mind. They need to eat and sleep.”
_Elena Donovan Mauer
What are some of the things you do to control those tantrums?
Attention all parents! THIS IS AWESOME! What a great way to start a birthday, waking up to a balloon filled room!
Don’t get us wrong. The pros of having a baby always outweigh the cons. But it’s tough being a new mom. These ladies reveal the best -- and worst -- parts of those crazy first few months.
“The best: the constant cuddles. The worst: not knowing what’s wrong when they’re fussy.” -Erin
“You finally get to meet your bundle of joy! But the worst is when they’re up every three hours to eat. It’s totally nerve-racking to make sure you hold their head right.” -Ashlee
“There’s a feeling of total amazement of bringing a life into the world. But there’s also the fear that I’m going to mess up somehow -- the constant concern that I’m just not doing it right at all.” -Karlee
“The best: her! The worst: unsolicited advice. Ugh!” -Lisa
“The best is the beautiful, sweet and cuddly life in your arms! The worst is sleep. But you eventually get over that!” -Grace
“I hate when they spit up on you 10 times in a day and you don’t have the wardrobe to change that many times because you’re still losing the baby weight. The best is when you’re at your wit’s end, and they look right into your eyes and smile with a toothless grin.” -Christina
“I love having this little miracle who’s obsessed with me. I hate having to leave her and feeling guilty.” -Robyn
“The best is their little smiles. The worst: Their poop stinks!” -Pricilla
“The best is having this beautiful little man in my life. The worst is the baby blues.” -Natalie
“The whole package is pretty great. Though, for me, the worst was when my mom kept hovering and was complaining that she didn’t get to hold him as much as everyone else. All I wanted was a few quiet days at home with just my man, my son and me.” -Steph
“The best was seeing how he had bits of me and DH in him. The worst was having to divide time between my baby and my older son.” -Marcella
“I was so happy to finally meet this little person. The worst was right after delivery when it feels like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck and feeling like you’re damaged beyond repair (even though you’ll get better eventually!).” -Jane
“I think every single part of a newborn is awesome, from the yucky nappies to the waking you up so many times a night for a feeding. It’s part of the package, and it’s the best package anyone could ever get.” -Kate
Ah, there are so many ways to say those three little words. Like, with pancakes (read on!).
Nothing's better than hearing "I love you" come from your child's sweet mouth. But when the little guy is still in that babbling phase and lives in a world of superheroes and princesses, that sentiment can come out in some hilarious ways. Here are seven, let's call them "unique," ways Bumpies say their tots express their love.
"DS tells me that he's going to put syrup on me and eat me up. I take it as a compliment since he loves pancakes!" -Laurie
"'I love you as much as stars, unicorns and rainbows!' Sometimes she adds new things to the mix like horses and flowers too." -Connie
"My bundle of joy can't quite say 'love,' so she says, "I too, Mommy.'" -Tara
"She doesn't realize that we kiss with our lips, so she smacks her tongue against the roof of her mouth to mimic a kissing sound." -Gabrielle
"I love you three much." -Kara
"I love you like many Christmas trees and superheroes." -Sarah
"My daughter first started saying 'I love you,' I would always respond with an 'I love you too, baby.' So then she started just saying 'too, baby.' And that's how we've said it ever since!" -Tina
Think the stork may be planning to pay you a visit? From sore boobs to bloating and food cravings, here are the top 10 pregnancy signs.
#1: Sore Boobs
Tender breasts and nipples are often the first pregnancy sign (like when you get your period, only worse). Sore boobs are the result of pregnancy-related hormonal changes.
#2: Darkening Areolas
Darkening areolas (the area around the nipples) can appear as early as a week or two after conception, like so many early pregnancy symptoms, this one is also a result of hormonal surges.
Light bleeding may occur five to 10 days after conception; this is called "implantation bleeding" and it is a sign that the embryo has implanted itself in the uterine wall (home for the next nine months!).
#4: Frequent Urination
Peeing a lot more than usual starts about two to three weeks after conception. After the embryo has implanted in your uterus, your body produces a hormone known as hcG, which leads to frequent urination.
#5: Fatigue (we’re talking total exhaustion)
Loss of energy sets in thanks to hormones and your body’s efforts to nurture baby's development. Get tips on how to cope with first trimester fatigue.
#6: No Aunt Flo
Missed your your period? You might want to invest in a pregnancy test. Find out when is the best time to take a pregnancy test to get the most accurate result.
#7: Morning Sickness
The one-two punch of nausea and vomiting strike some women very early in their pregnancy but for most sufferers the fun begins around week six. Get morning sickness tips for minimizing nausea and vomiting.
#8: Sensitive Snout
Your newly increased powers of smell can make your favorite dish smell like dead fish. Find out what causes a heightened sense of smell and get tips for coping with it.
Studies show that about 90% of pregnant women experience food cravings, especially in their first trimester. Get ideas for healthier alternatives for feeding unhealthy pregnancy cravings.
A boost in progesterone and estrogen cause many women to swell up early in pregnancy. Try these expert tips for reducing bloat.
These pregnancy symptoms can be uncomfortable but they usually settle down after the first trimester and will all seem worth it when your holding your new baby in your arms.
In a move that’s sure to add fuel to the great breast vs. formula debate, the New York City Health Department will soon launch a new breastfeeding initiative that will affect new mothers city-wide. Beginning Sept. 3, the voluntary “Latch On NYC” program will allow maternity hospitals to lock away infant formula for the better good of breastfeeding.
What exactly will this mean for new moms? To start, you won’t see promotions or advertisements for formula brands at your hospital. City officials hope that eliminating ads will let women decide which form of feeding is best for baby without being influenced by advertising. Those who choose the bottle route — whether due to personal preference or breastfeeding difficulties — will only be able to get formula after a nurse has properly signed the food out.
This isn’t the first step taken by health officials to make formula less prominent in hospitals. In 2007, hospitals started to ban formula from gift bags. Lanyards and mugs with formula brands’ logos were also prohibited. Today, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals participate in the ban. Massachusetts health officials followed suit earlier this month after putting a stop to free formula giveaways throughout the state’s 49 hospitals.
The push away from the bottle was made by NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley after studying the benefits of breast milk. “Human breast milk is best for babies and mothers,” said Farley. “When babies receive supplementary formula…it can impede the establishment of an adequate milk supply and can undermine women’s confidence in breastfeeding.”
American Academy of Pediatrics agrees, recommending mothers breastfeed exclusively for their baby’s first six months and continuing to breastfeed for at least the first year. The Greater New York Hospital Association says that while ninety percent of NYC moms start breastfeeding immediately after giving birth, that number shrinks to thirty-one percent two months later.
Do you think banning free formula samples and locking away formula at hospitals can help promote breastfeeding? Or do you think these new rules are excessive?