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W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News (The Very Breast Edition)

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breastfeeding3Welcome to this week’s Weird Parenting News! This week has celebrity sparkle… and lots of breasts. So sit down, nurse your baby, and read the oddest and most talked-about stories of the week.

Breastfed brainiacs? Here’s a story that’s creating quite the controversy. A study following a group of nearly 3,500 newborns for 30 years, recently published in The Lancet journal, links a longer duration of breastfeeding with increased adult IQs, longer schooling, and higher adult earnings. (Of course, the study fails to mention that the non-breastfed newborns were fed a steady diet of whiskey and Slim Jims for the first year…) Read the story here.

If it’s OK with Daryl… As some of you know, I have a soft spot for The Walking Dead. And so I was really moved by this photo of Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on the show, in which he poses with two nursing moms in support of breastfeeding. Either that, or he just wanted to see some boobs. Either way, check out the story.

If you want a date night…move to Michigan. How much should you pay a babysitter? A recent survey from Care.com lists the most and least expensive cities for hiring a sitter. Spoiler alert: if you live in San Francisco, invest in Netflix. Learn more here.

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15 Comments

  1. Who knew there would be another reason to love Norman Reedus anymore than I already do?!

  2. Whiskey and Slim Jims, that’s quite a combo. My husband survives on that diet. And the Walking Dead picture is FABULOUS! So happy you spotlighted it. Date nights….Oh, I dream about them so often. Never thought Michigan was the place to get one. Once again, you give me a reason to LOVE Wednesdays with the weird news you are able to find.

    • Thanks! The Wednesday stories are always fun… especially when they involve The Walking Dead! You don’t too many crossover parenting/Walking Dead stories :) Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Those really are some weird news stories. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I can’t believe how far that picture is reaching! It’s amazing and great as with Norman in the picture people are allot more acceptable of bf toddlers, probably because it screams rock and roll :) I for one am thrilled!

  5. I live in Michigan, and I watch my kids for free every day. Maybe I need to ask for a raise.

    I’m not sure who all they included in their survey. I was wondering if they made a distinction between someone who watches kids on a daily basis like a nanny and teenagers who just do it for a couple hours. I would obviously pay a nanny more.

    • Yes, you should ask for a raise! But not too much of a raise, because apparently babysitters in Michigan (Grand Rapids, at least) don’t make all that much. Agreed, I would definitely pay a nanny more than a casual sitter. Interesting survey, right? Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I love The Walking Dead too… Especially Daryl! That story made me love him just a little more!

  8. YAY! It’s Wednesday! :) A. My kids are going to be geniuses and invent something and make billions, so I’ll finally afford the boob job I need from nursing each of them!!
    B. Until said billions are made, I need to move, since my city is in the top ten most expensive :( :(

  9. In the Daryl pic, the mother on the right looks like the love child of Debbie Gibson and Britney Spears. Another great Wednesday.

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