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    1. The Right Formula?

      Nov. 20, 2000 -- When Lori Oliwenstein-Kluger gave birth to daughter Emily, she breastfed her for the first 10 months, supplementing with soy formula when necessary. Then Lori and her husband decided it was time to switch to a bottle full-time. But they faced a big choice: Which kind of formula woul

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    2. Watch Baby Grow -- But Not Too Closely

      First-time mom Debra Sherman, of Chicago, checks a popular baby book each month to make sure 10-month-old Alex's development is on track. So when he got stuck crawling in reverse during the past two months, she knew he was a little late. But she stayed calm. "It didn't worry me that much," admits Sh

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    3. He Ain't Heavy

      Sept. 25, 2000 -- In the months after the birth of my first child, I became intimately familiar with the early-morning sights of my suburban Los Angeles neighborhood. My wife was in charge of midnight breastfeeding; my contribution was to climb out of bed at 6:30, put our daughter in a backpack, and

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    4. Don't Panic, Use a Pacifier

      Nursing went smoothly right from the start for Rexann Brew, but she soon noticed that even when her baby wasn't hungry, little Anna still had a strong desire to suckle. Rexann resorted to giving the infant a pacifier. "We sort of hoped she would be a thumbsucker and comfort herself," says Brew, of P

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    5. Baby's Got Colic and You Can't Cope

      As new parents will attest, there's almost nothing more unnerving than a crying baby. Worse still? An infant who won't stop crying, regardless of what you do. If your baby fits this bill, it could signify that dreaded C-word: colic. As many as one in five infants are colicky, a condition characteriz

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    6. Little Evidence of Circumcision's Benefit, Says Pediatric Group

      The United States' largest group of pediatricians is calling for an end to the routine circumcision of newborn boys, saying the procedure offers minimal medical benefits. The American Academy of Pediatricians' announcement reverses a nearly century-old practice. For decades, American physicians have

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    7. Keeping Baby Hale and Hearty

      Lydia Hurlbut admits she was a bit nuts the first six weeks after bringing home her new baby, Kyra. She wouldn't allow children -- healthy or sniffling -- within eyesight of the newborn. She admitted adults to her home only after she carefully screened them for colds and other illnesses and even the

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    8. Move Over, Mom and Dad

      Mention "family bed" or "shared sleeping" at any playgroup or cocktail party, and you're likely to spark a flurry of responses, whether it's whispered confessions, raised eyebrows or plain dig-in-your-heels soapbox routines. You won't get any less of a hodgepodge of opinion from the experts on the p

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    9. Postpartum Problems

      You can't help but marvel at all your body has endured in the past nine months. Now that the pregnancy is (finally) over, you've been rewarded with a living, breathing wonder -- and a new title: Mom. Coming to terms with your new role, while learning how to care for your baby, can be overwhelming fo

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    10. Breast-Feeding: Nature's Formula for Success

      It used to be a common refrain: Breast-feeding is great to try, but if you decide against it, don't sweat it. Nobody's saying that anymore. "Breast-feeding isn't just a nice thing to do," says Dr. Lawrence Gartner, a pediatrician and chairman for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) task force o

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