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The Science of Mom

A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year

Alice Callahan, PhD

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Now updated! The new edition of this best-selling guide uses science to tackle some of the most important decisions facing new parents—from sleep training and vaccinations to breastfeeding and baby food.

Is cosleeping safe? How important is breastfeeding? Are food allergies preventable? Should we be worried about the aluminum in vaccines? Searching for answers to these tough parenting questions can yield a deluge of conflicting advice. In this revised and expanded edition of The Science of Mom, Alice Callahan, a science writer whose work appears in the New York Times and the Washington Post

Now updated! The new edition of this best-selling guide uses science to tackle some of the most important decisions facing new parents—from sleep training and vaccinations to breastfeeding and baby food.

Is cosleeping safe? How important is breastfeeding? Are food allergies preventable? Should we be worried about the aluminum in vaccines? Searching for answers to these tough parenting questions can yield a deluge of conflicting advice. In this revised and expanded edition of The Science of Mom, Alice Callahan, a science writer whose work appears in the New York Times and the Washington Post, recognizes that families must make their own decisions and gives parents the tools to evaluate the evidence for themselves. Sharing the latest scientific research on raising healthy babies, she covers topics like the microbiome, attachment, vaccine safety, pacifiers, allergies, increasing breast milk production, and choosing an infant formula.

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Yes! An easy-to-read, fascinating review of the science behind new parents' biggest health questions. Many of these issues—infant sleep, breastfeeding, vaccines—will hit your 'Should I panic?' button. With gentle guidance, Alice Callahan puts your fears to rest.

Name a complex or controversial topic and Callahan provides the science on both sides of the arguments to help parents make wise choices.

[Callahan's] compassion and empathy for the difficulties of parenting shine through in every chapter, from breastfeeding to vaccines to feeding to sleeping.

Alice Callahan, PhD, combines the critical eye of a scientist with the heart of a mother to create a helpful resource for all people interested in evidence-based infant care and parenting.

[Callahan] takes a compassionate, non-preachy approach with a goal of not telling the reader what to do but rather how to seek wise advice and make smart decisions and to enjoy having a baby, which is what it is all about.

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424
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9781421441993
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10 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Show Me the Science: A Crash Course in Evidence-Based Parenting
2. Birth Day, First Day: Easing Your Newborn's Transition into the World
3. Of Injections and Eye

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Show Me the Science: A Crash Course in Evidence-Based Parenting
2. Birth Day, First Day: Easing Your Newborn's Transition into the World
3. Of Injections and Eye Goop: Newborn Medical Procedures
4. Getting to Know You: How Newbos Explore, Communicate, and Connect
5. Vaccines and Your Child: Making Science-Based Decisions
6. Sleep Safely, Sleep Sweetly: Safety at Night and the Bed Sharing Debate
7. In Search of a Good Night's Sleep (Or Something Like It)
8. Milk and Motherhood: Breast Milk, Formula, and Feeding in the Real World
9. Getting Started with Solid Foods: When and How to Begin
10. Eat, Grow, and Learn: The Best Foods for Babies
Epilogue
Appendixes
Notes
Index

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Alice Callahan
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Alice Callahan

Alice Callahan holds a PhD in nutritional biology from the University of California, Davis, and spent two years investigating fetal physiology as a postdoctoral scholar. After giving birth to her first child in 2010, she put her scientific training to work answering the big questions of caring for a baby. The creator of the blog Science of Mom: The Heart and Science of Parenting, she writes and...