Pregnant as a global nomad

My life, for the past few years, has been anything but common. So when I found out of was expecting a baby – roughly 32 weeks ago – I knew my pregnancy wouldn’t go by the book either. Any pregnancy is a rollercoaster ride of hormones and emotions, causing amazing and unexpected changes to your […]

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BPA Chemical Banned from Baby Bottles, Cups in the US

America, next to some European countries, has the most stringent environmental policies on health and safety. In 2008 America’s Food and Health Administrations (the FDA) declared BPA, or bisphenol A, an estrogen mimic used in plastics, as safe. But in 2010 it started backpedaling over concerns that it might have health risks, especially in children. […]

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Breastfeeding Goes Against Big Pharma Vaccines

Is a two year old study pitting the natural immune benefits of mothers’ milk against the machine of big pharma? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States published a abstract in 2010 that is now alarming some environmental activists around the globe. Naturalnews.com took a strong stance against the recommendations – […]

MezooMe Designs Creates Fun Organic Baby Linens

MezooMe puts the “zoom” back in organic textile design. Like other designers who have turned their energies towards organic baby product design, Israeli designer Anat Biala’s inspiration for MezooMe Designs – a line of organic linens for babies – was her firstborn son, Jonathan.  In 2008, shortly after Jonathan’s birth, Biala had a strong urge […]

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Why I Love Washable Cloth Diapers

Rebecca points out the economical, environmental, and spiritual sides of using washable, reusable diapers on your baby. Recently, Green Prophet’s Karin talked about her experience with Kushies washable cloth diapers. It opens the debate about disposables versus cloth. Now Taking care of your kids and keeping them clean can be overwhelming, to say the least. […]

What is Causing Breast Growth in Chinese Toddlers?

When was the last time you checked the ingredients in your baby’s formula? A mystery is unfolding in the central area of Wuhan and the capital of Beijing in China, where 4 formula-fed babies and toddlers began growing breasts. Tests showed abnormally high levels of estradiol and prolactin in the baby’s blood. Could it happen […]

Biased Allergy "Milk Protein" Study Puts Babies at Risk

A new study suggests that introducing babies to milk before 2 weeks of age can prevent milk allergies later. “Lactavist” Hannah points out its flaws and dangers of such studies. For decades, the World Health Organization and medical associations around the world have recommended exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life. […]

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Natural Remedies for Late Pregnancy

Miriam recommends natural teas and a tincture for third-trimester ladies – and their husbands. Having actively worked as a doulah for many years, I’ve always used herbalist’s wisdom to support women in pregnancy. Here are some herbs to ease the wait of the lady in waiting: The third trimester can be trying. Exhaustion, possibly return of […]

Breastfeeding a baby in a Hijab

Breastfeeding a baby is not only good for the baby, but can go a long way to “greening” Islam. If you are breastfeeding a baby, this Muslim American blogger recommends buying a special coverup. Here in the Middle East, modesty among religious Christians, Moslems, and Jews is often associated with inhibitions about nursing in public. […]

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Environmental Toxin Dioxin Affects Milk Production in Mice – What Does This Mean For Us Humans?

Scientists have long known that human breast milk is high in dioxins, environmental contaminants that enter our diets when we ingest agricultural pesticides. Researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine exposed pregnant mice to a dioxin known as TCDD. The results showed that TCDD “caused severe defects in mammary gland development and function. […]

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Breastfeeding Conference for Health Care Professionals and Mothers

Breastfeeding is good for the environment and good for babies. To encourage and support breastfeeding in Israel, the breastfeeding support organization La Leche League (LLL) and Tel Hashomer/Sheba Medical Center Nursing School are co-sponsoring a conference Monday, June 1, 2009 at Tel Hashomer. The conference is open to health care professionals, nursing mothers, and the […]

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Breastfeeding and Keeping Up With "Supply and Demand"

Breastfeeding involves no processing and no waste, and helps protect the environment, as we’ve been exploring here on Green Prophet’s breastfeeding series. Even though breastfeeding is a natural continuation of pregnancy and birth, mothers still worry about producing enough milk. An understanding of  how milk production works can help mothers avoid problems and know when […]