The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year

The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year

by Alice Green Callahan


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The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby's First Year by Alice Green Callahan

It seems like every time a new mother turns on her computer, radio, or television, she is greeted with news of yet another scientific study about infancy. Ignoring good information isn’t the right course, but just how does one tell the difference between solid studies, preliminary results, and snake oil?

In this friendly guide through the science of infancy, Science of Mom blogger and PhD scientist Alice Callahan explains how non-scientist mothers can learn the difference between hype and evidence. Readers of Alice’s blog have come to trust her balanced approach, which explains the science that lies behind headlines. The Science of Mom is a fascinating, eye-opening, and extremely informative exploration of the topics that generate discussion and debate in the media and among parents. From breastfeeding to vaccines to sleep, Alice’s advice will help you make smart choices so that you can relax and enjoy your baby.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421417325
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 07/13/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 496,929
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 teaches in Eugene, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Show Me the Science A Crash Count in Evidence-Based Parenting 5

2 Cutting the Umbilical Cord When is the Right Time? 18

3 Of Inactions and Eye Coop New Medical Procedures 32

4 For Once, Sit Back and Watch How Newborns Explore Communicate, and Connect 53

5 Milk and Motherhood Breast Milk, formula, and feeding in the Real World 70

6 Where Should Your Baby Sleep? Sleep Safety and the Bed-Shatura Debate 91

7 In Search of a Good Night's Sleep (Or Something like It) 113

8 Vaccines and Your Child Making a Science-Based Decision 136

9 Getting Started With Solid Foods When and How to Begin 159

10 Eat, Crow, and Learn The Best Foods for Babies 179

Epilogue 201

Appendixes 203

Notes 225

Index 279

What People are Saying About This

Emily Oster

Finally, someone has brought some science—and some sense—to the mommy wars. Should be required reading for all new (and old) parents.

Jena Pincott

Fascinating! Think of all the controversial, hot-button topics that parents obsess about in a child’s first year—from vaccines and feeding, bed-sharing to sleep training. Weighing the scientific evidence, Callahan offers balanced insights and in-depth answers—a far cry from the oversimplified advice prescribed by many 'parenting experts.' The result: a must-have guide that’s substantive and extremely engaging.

Suzanne Barston

Too many of today's parents treat science as a weapon, using it to justify some choices and condemn others. Yet, most don't fully understand what science can and cannot tell us. By giving parents a comprehensive understanding of how science relates to parenting, Alice Callahan has helped us turn this weapon into a tool for peace. Callahan untangles basic scientific concepts, reveals the realities and limitations of research, and advocates for a measured approach to parenting science that eschews absolutes and acknowledges nuance. The Science of Mom is a rare gem in the parenting canon—smart, sensitive, and a lifesaver for a generation of parents caught in the nebulous spider's web of Internet 'wisdom.'

Tracy Cutchlow

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

Paul A. Offit

Alice Callahan has written a breakthrough book, combining the compassion, warmth, and angst of a mother with the measured reasoning of a scientist. She helps parents not only understand how science works, but how they can access that science to answer their questions. She's found a way to access the scientist in all of us.

Wendy Sue Swanson

Families routinely search for health information. The Science of Mom makes it easy collecting evidence for health decisions and putting it into perspective with a mom-to-mom connection. Callahan's advice is thoughtful, backed by science and feels fueled of love. She is willing to provide powerful advice when detailing the science and safety of vaccines. Keep this book in arm's reach as you support your infant for calm and direction.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! Full of useful information, and lots of interesting background on issues such as breastfeeding, sleep, soluds, vaccinations, etc.