A “boob” on the right side of breast-feeding

New mom Gisele Bundchen touched off a firestorm of criticism when she told the British edition of Harper’s Bazaar that mothers around the world should be required by law to breast-feed for six months. Boston Herald columnist Margery Eagan called … Continue reading

“For God’s sake, please breast-feed”

A new study, the subject of a story by Nicholas Wade in The New York Times this week, reveals a little more of the magic of breast milk. It turns out that complex sugars in human milk encourage the growth … Continue reading

How the other half births

The birth Jan. 7 of Blue Ivy Carter, daughter of hip-hop stars Beyonce and Jay-Z  (Shawn Carter), had Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan in a tailspin this week. Other new parents complained of disruptions and even security breaches as the … Continue reading

Colbert: Free birth control = havoc

Free birth-control and breast pumps? Government subsidies for domestic-abuse interventions? Some people have no trouble conjuring the moral slide those new policies will precipitate. Modeled on recommendations by the independent Institute of Medicine and announced by the U. S. Dept. of … Continue reading

IOM recommends women’s services, for free

The Institute of Medicine issued a report this week that added eight preventive services for women to the provisions that will be provided free of charge under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One noteworthy recommendation calls for free … Continue reading