AAP’s New Recommendations to Help Prevent Skin Cancer in Children


I am not sure why this has taken so long, it all seems kind of obvious to me.

If you're one of those "I don't burn, so I'm not going to get skin cancer" folks just know that studies show that protecting your children from significant sun exposure in the first 18 years of life can result in a 78% drop in skin cancer risk.  SO COVER UP!

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will issue a press release today announcing a new policy statement as well as detailed recommendations for safe sun practices which will help reduce the risk od skin cancer.  safe sun exposure practices for children. The statement/report will be published in the March issue of Pediatrics.


Inappropriate Breastfeeding or How Long is too Long?

I have been ruminating on this post for a while…which, of course, means that half of the things that I meant to say will get lost somewhere…and may seem somewhat disjointed…

Yes.  I am still breastfeeding my 20 month old.  No, I do not have a 'plan' for when the nursing will stop.  I didn't necessarily plan to be nursing this long, but it feels right for both me and for my baby and there isn't much of a downside.  It would seem that even my mother is somewhat concerned…

For some reason, breastfeeding has been in the news a lot lately. First there was that woman who got kicked out of a Dunkin Donuts for breastfeeding …though it seems that the problem may have been more about her choice to change her baby's dirty diaper on the table.


Astroturf and Zit Cream are Tax Sheltered. Breast Feeding Supplies are not.

Scary that the IRS gets to decide what is considered 'preventive care.'

It was reported in the New York Times today that breastfeeding supplies will still not be eligible purchases under flexible spending accounts. 

To make matters worse, a whole host of more esoteric things will be covered–like the replacement of natural grass with astroturf as a way to alleviate the suffering of allergic folk.  Oh, yes, and zit cream is considered a more worthy expense as well.


Uhm, I would like to suggest that this new disclaimer should be included in the fine print in those annoying tv and print ads: