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Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

by Penny Simkin, PT; et al.

Breastfeeding: Signs Your Baby Isn’t Getting Enough Breastmilk

When your baby doesn’t get enough of your milk, her risk of dehydration or problems with weight gain increase. If you observe any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your baby’s caregiver to have your baby assessed and weighed:

  • Your baby feeds fewer than eight times in twenty-four hours.
  • After your milk comes in, she doesn’t produce at least one poopy diaper in twenty-four hours.
  • She has few wet diapers or produces urine that appears to have reddish “brick dust” in it.
  • Your baby seems constantly hungry and is seldom content after feedings.
  • Your baby’s feedings worry or concern you.

Some signs are more serious than others. If you notice any of the following signs, call your baby’s caregiver immediately:

  • Your baby is lethargic and has no interest in nursing.
  • The inside of her mouth doesn’t glisten with moisture. (A baby’s lips can appear dry normally).
  • When you gently pinch the skin on her arm, leg, or abdomen and then let go, her skin stays “tented.”
  • Her eyes, face, chest, and abdomen are yellow. (See page 416 for more on jaundice symptoms.)

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

© copyright Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

If I Ran the School

If I Ran the School

Jenna at Musings from the Middle School made up a great lesson plan for If I Ran the School.  You can download her instructions here!

If I Ran the School is available as an eBook at the following:

Amazon  iTunes  Barnes&Noble  Google   

Poetry Olio Videos

Bruce Lansky performed some of his crowd-pleasing poems at this year's Poetry Olio!

Sci-Fi and Scary Interview

Bruce Lansky talks about his poetry and children's fiction books.

Read more at Sci-Fi and Scary here.

Newfangled Fairy Tales



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I Love Summer--Except...

I Love SummerI love all the fun
that summertime brings—
excepting, of course
just one or two things:
Except for the ticks
and spiders and bees.
Except for the pollen
from grasses and trees.
Except for the sunburn
and rashes from heat,
and sidewalks so hot
they burn up your feet.
Except for sour grapes
and melons with seeds,
and slithery snakes
that hide in the weeds.
Except for mosquitoes
that suck on your skin,
and all of the flies
that let themselves in.
Except for the warm nights
when I sleep in a cot.
Except for the weather
that’s humid and hot.
Except for the smog,
the dust, and the grime…
But other than that,
I love summertime.

© Janice Kuharski reprinted from Rolling in the Aisles, published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter.

"It's really crowded"

Spanish without Words

© copyright David Tarradas Agea from Spanish Without Words with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Big Changes in Maternity Care


Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn coauthor, Janelle Durham, details some of the major changes, chapter by chapter, in the latest edition of the best-selling guide in her Transition to Parenthood blog

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19th Annual Poetry Olio

2016 Poetry Olio

And don't forget to stop by Bruce Lansky's booth for autographs and fun! 

He'll be at booth #2500 at the International Literacy Association 61th Annual Conference 
July 9-11 at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

We hope to see you there!

Newfangled Fairy Tales review

Newfangled Fairy Tales

Lilyn from Sci-Fi and Scary reviewed Newfangled Fairy Tales Book #1 and called it "utterly delightful. ...a great collection of contemporary fairy tales that will delight adults and children alike."

You can read the full review here.

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"I Wrote a Book"

I Wrote a Book by Robert Pottle

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