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Baby supplies: What you really need and what you don’t

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Jennifer and Thomas were going to have their first child. Jennifer was 7 months pregnant and actively getting ready for the birth of her son. She read baby magazines, she searched online baby sites and scrolled through Instagram to learn how to be a mom and to find out about all the hot new baby items everyone was buying. Thomas was concerned about all the supplies that Jennifer was purchasing. The extra costs were putting stress on their monthly budget. Thomas didn’t understand why a small baby would need so many things but when he tried to ask if what Jennifer wanted was really necessary, she would say, “I just know the baby needs this!” and then wait until Thomas approved the purchase. Thomas always gave in because he loved Jennifer so much and wanted her to be happy and enjoy the process of becoming a mother.

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Breastfeeding and drinking alcohol

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Krista was exclusively breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter, Lauren. At dinner Krista and her husband, Kent, would have a glass of wine while Lauren sat in her swing next to the table. After dinner, Kent would clear the table and clean the kitchen while Krista breastfeed the baby. One evening, Krista began to wonder if any of the wine she drank got to Lauren through her breast milk.

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When to end purees and start soft table foods with your infant

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Julia was delighted to begin solid foods with her 6-month-old son Brandon. Brandon was a champion eater and quickly learned to manage the iron-fortified rice cereal fed to him from a spoon. As Brandon grew, Julia began introducing pureed foods to provide a more balanced diet in addition to breast milk. By 8 months, Brandon grew impatient for his mother to spoon purees into his mouth. At 10 months, Brandon was communicating he was hungry even though he had eaten three bowls of puree an hour earlier. Julia was wondering why her son had such a veracious appetite and wasn’t content after eating

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The dangers of teen vaping

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Mark and Laura were divorced and raising teenagers. When Mark had his teens at his house, he would find vaping materials in their rooms and in their backpacks. He had many concerns about his children vaping, but seemed to be unable to find out where they were purchasing their supplies. Mark’s children were underage and should not have been able to buy these supplies. Yet no matter how many times he threw their vaping pens and flavored cartridges away, they always had new ones on their next stay. Mark wondered, “where are they buying this stuff?”

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