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Sep 23 2011

Weekly Roundup: Boob Jobs, Tefillin Allergies & Grown Men Drinking Breast Milk

By at 3:29 pm

All the Jewish parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

– Breastfeeding won’t mess up your boob job, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons wants you to know; it’s pregnancy, not nursing, that causes a woman’s breasts to sag. (Cold comfort, I know.) (HealthDay News, via Baby Center)

– Parenting columnist Marjorie Ingall is troubled by the rationale given by the Museum of Children’s Art for canceling its planned exhibition of artwork by children living in Gaza; she is equally troubled by the Oakland museum’s decision to schedule the show, absent of context, in the first place. (Tablet)

– You’ve heard of peanut allergies, but “tefillin allergies”? (The Jerusalem Post)

– On Wednesday, President Obama, speaking before the U.N. General Assembly, challenged the international community to move to “break down the economic and political barriers that stand in the way of women and girls.” The following day, young girls and their advocates marked the first-ever international “Day of the Girl” — an effort by the non-profit School Girls Unite to promote fair gender practices through programming and legislation. (Day of the Girl)

– If you think the $1,500 Bugaboo Donkey is extravagant, check out the latticework, and the leather and lace appointments on the vintage prams featured in this slideshow on the evolution of the stroller. (Babble)

– Vaccinating young girls against HPV, a common sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer, has long had critics on the right. But presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann’s suggestion that the vaccine is “dangerous” and might even have caused a case of mental retardation — remarks that physicians groups promptly refuted — could lower HPV immunization rates for years to come. (The New York Times)

– For writer A.J. Jacobs (who we’ve interviewed here), of “The Year of Living Biblically” fame, new scientific evidence showing that fatherhood causes men’s testosterone levels to plummet was no surprise. “I knew that my testosterone was at a low point when I found myself wearing my wife’s polka-dotted breast-feeding pillow strapped around my waist in an attempt to feed a bottle of milk to my infant son,” Jacobs told The Times. (The New York Times)

– Slate’s Jessica Grose, writing on the Opinionator, worries about raising her apparently yet-to-be conceived children in brownstone Brooklyn, a.k.a. “fertility junction.” (Opinionator)

– And Diapers.com, the site that many of us who do raise our kids (sans car) in brownstone Brooklyn rely on to deliver those 234-packs of diapers to the front door of our walk-ups, is now offering a selection of 20,000 toys through its sister site, yoyo.com, which launched this week. (Yoyo.com)

– How long can a grown man survive on a diet of his wife’s breast milk? Ewwwwwww. (Gizmodo)


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