Here are some treasures I found on the internet this week!

Source: The New Yorker


The greatest lesson we learn when someone is unkind.  
A lady in the Time Warner Center was REALLY rude to me last week, and I felt punched in the gut for a few hours. So I turned to the internet for some advice about how to feel better. This article helped me, with the reminder that “we all have a choice to be kind, and we are presented with that choice many times a day.”

Urban Moonshine Digestive Bitters
To spark the digestive fire.

Do you tell the truth about Santa? 
Now that I have a baby, I’m thinking about the whole “Santa” thing. How will I handle Santa with Leela (when she’s old enough to know what’s going on)? I liked the perspective in this article: “I never hyped Santa, any more than I promoted the whole commercial side of Christmas. No ‘better be good for Santa.'”

The Downside of Sitting Babies Up 
I appreciate my friends Abby and Erin for bringing it to my attention that it’s not the best idea to prop babies up. It’s very tempting – and cute – to prop Leela up on the couch. But this article gives a good explanation of why it’s not the best for her gross motor development.  

The Excrement Experiment
I’m really fascinated by the emerging work being done in fecal transplants. I’m working with some patients who are considering fecal transplants to help with severe digestive problems. This is an interesting article from the New Yorker, full of many poop puns. Please message me if you’ve ever had one, I’d love to learn more.

Paid Maternity Leave is Good for Business 
I read this article while pumping at work. I’m a big believer that the more time mom & baby can spend together, the better. I’m nearing 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding and it’s a LOT of work and responsibility. I’m so grateful that I spent the first 4 months at home with baby. It’s been shocking to learn that SO many countries do one FULL YEAR of paid maternity leave. But then it’s so logical when you consider the AAP and WHO recommendations to breastfeed for 2 years.

Anyhow, I love this quote from the article about how maternity leave is good for business:

“…Mothers come back to the workforce with new insights. I know from experience that being a mother gave me a broader sense of purpose, more compassion and a better ability to prioritize and get things done efficiently. It also helped me understand the specific needs and concerns of mothers, who make most household spending decisions and control more than $2 trillion of purchasing power in the U.S.”

How to Stop Overeating
My piece on How to Stop Overeating was picked up by Yahoo! Health!  I would add to this list – eat a ton of greens. 

The Best Ice-Breakers for Girls
How to talk to little girls and not focus only on how pretty they are. Important!   

Happy Holidays all!