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Breastfeeding is intuitive and easy? No!updated: Thu May 17 2012 13:09:00

Time magazine's recent cover story featuring Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her almost four-year-old son raised a firestorm about different styles of parenting. Along with the headline -- "Are you mom enough?" -- the piece makes every mother question whether she should practice attachment parenting and in the process, embrace all things natural. Wear your baby! Make your own baby food! Breastfeed! Sleep with your baby! Give birth at home -- and don't use painkillers!

Time's breast-feeding cover mom talksupdated: Thu May 17 2012 13:09:00

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to the woman at the center of Time magazine's breast-feeding cover story.

Non, the French are not better momsupdated: Wed May 16 2012 12:14:00

The "mommy war" between stay-at-home and working mothers is in danger of being overshadowed by another maddening contest: the one between mothers in the U.S. and France.

Phony "mommy wars" avoid real issues for womenupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 10:59:00

The "mommy wars" that have cropped up repeatedly this campaign season are a figment of political pundits' imagination. The most recent example, of course, was the political and media tempest that followed Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comment that Ann Romney, Mitt Romney's wife and a mother of five, had not "worked a day in her life." Many made political hay with the remark.

How to fix U.S. health careupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 15:57:00

Fareed Zakaria and Ali Velshi discuss the U.S.'s low health care ranking and health care views from around the world.

10 lesser known effects of health care reform lawupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 15:57:00

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a political, social, economic and medical hot potato: the health care reform law that was signed into law two years ago.

TSA blogger apologizes for breast-feeding incidentupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 14:40:00

Traveling while breast-feeding is no easy feat in the best of circumstances. When Transportation Security Administration officials don't follow the agency's rules, getting through the airport with the gear -- and a baby -- gets more difficult.

Why blogger ate student lunchesupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 13:51:00

Sarah Wu blogged anonymously for years showing what students are served for lunch.

USDA issues new rules for school mealsupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 13:51:00

School meals will have to offer fruits and vegetables to students every day under standards issued by the United States Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.

My husband, the perfect momupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 07:36:00

Baby Abe won't nurse. Despite the fact that I've successfully breastfed his three siblings, despite the efforts of his pediatrician and two lactation consultants, this baby will not suck. Were he a Stone Age baby, born to a nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe, he would have long since been left out for the saber-toothed tigers and prehistoric wolves. He's lucky he was born to a 21st-century mom who refuses to give up.

Wal-Mart pulls batch of baby formulaupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 08:25:00

Wal-Mart recalled a batch of infant formula after a baby died in Missouri. Tests for the cause are in progress.

Agencies: No need for baby formula recallupdated: Mon Jan 02 2012 08:25:00

A fourth infant has been discovered to have been infected with a rare, sometimes fatal form of bacteria that can come from baby formula, but there is no evidence the cases are related, federal health authorities said Friday.

Breast-feeding mom stages 'nurse-in'updated: Wed Dec 28 2011 22:28:00

A frustrated mom stages a breast-feeding sit-in at Target. CNN's Isha Sesay has more.

'Nurse-in' supports public breastfeedingupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 22:28:00

A mother who says she was harassed and humiliated by employees while breastfeeding her baby at a Target store in Texas last month prompted a nationwide "nurse-in" on Wednesday to show support for the public practice.

Formula maker says tests show no sign of bacteriaupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 05:29:00

The manufacturer of the widely used baby formula Enfamil said Sunday that its testing shows the product is free of the bacteria blamed for the death of a Missouri infant.

Officials search for source of bacteria that caused baby's death updated: Fri Dec 23 2011 19:54:00

Health officials will be comparing samples to determine if two newborn infants were infected with the same strain of the bacteria that led to the rare infections that killed one and sickened another in the past month.

FDA, CDC step in after baby's death raises questions about formulaupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 19:34:00

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday they are assisting in the investigation of a newborn baby who died of a rare bacterial infection that could be linked to powder-based infant formula.

Taste for salt may be shaped during infancyupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 17:15:00

People who sprinkle salt on everything and gravitate toward unhealthy high-sodium foods may be expressing a taste preference formed during early infancy, a small new study suggests.

A guerrilla approach to flying with kidsupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 11:11:00

"No, we can't have a snack yet."

Lunch prices go up for children of U.S. troops stationed overseasupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 23:56:00

When children of American servicemembers who are living with their parents overseas go back to school after the holidays, the Grinch will be waiting for them in the cafeteria.

Radioactive cesium found in Japanese baby formulaupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 04:29:00

Radioactive cesium has been found in baby formula in Japan following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, the manufacturer of the product has said.

Is it OK to take antidepressants while breast-feeding?updated: Mon Oct 24 2011 09:59:00

I recently had my first baby and just learned I have OCD. My doctor put me on a very low dose of antidepressant and my symptoms are much better. I am breast-feeding my son and don't want to use formula but am worried about side effects. What problems should I look for?

Helping Haiti's malnourished childrenupdated: Wed Oct 12 2011 12:02:00

Gary Strieker reports on the fight against malnutrition in Haiti's youngest citizens

Miranda Kerr 'couldn't ask for a better dad' for Flynnupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 18:17:00

Miranda Kerr was all smiles as she left the Stella McCartney show at the Opera Garnier in Paris on Monday morning, but despite her cheery disposition, she says juggling mommyhood and modeling is no easy task.

Best friend becomes surrogate motherupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 08:56:00

For Texas-based mom Tamara*, the journey to motherhood was anything but easy. In 2003, after developing severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome (a life-threatening complication of preeclampsia), doctors had to deliver her daughter via emergency cesarean section at just 25 weeks into her pregnancy. She was born a micro-preemie, weighing a mere 1 pound, 4 ounces; Tamara was advised never to pursue another pregnancy, as she was given a 60 percent chance of developing the same complications. For the first two years of her life, Tamara kept her daughter at home much of the time, due to a host of medical problems and issues with her feeding and growth. It was only as of her daughter's second birthday that Tamara finally started to venture out to meet other moms and give her daughter a chance to meet other kids.

USDA recalls beef headed for Georgia school lunchesupdated: Sat Sep 24 2011 20:45:00

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a Class I recall for 40,000 pounds of ground beef products intended for Georgia school lunches, due to possible E. coli contamination.

Will fighters return to Mogadishu?updated: Wed Aug 10 2011 09:30:00

Walk through the aftermath of fighting between African Union peacekeepers and Al Shabaab fighters in Somalia.

Comcast offers $10 Internet access for low-income familiesupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 12:18:00

Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.

Protecting kids from hungerupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 10:50:00

Kids who count on free or reduced school lunches eat less during summer - but one group hopes to fix this problem.

Feeding kids when parents, schools can'tupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 10:50:00

For many, summer means vacation, sports, camping or just time off to relax, but not for millions of kids living in poverty in the United States. There are few camps or beach trips for them, and sometimes not even three meals a day.

Foster care for obese children? Not a good ideaupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 12:56:00

We know smoking is bad, yet it seems far-fetched to suggest that parents who smoke should have their children put in foster care, doesn't it? Could you imagine if someone suggested that asthmatics who didn't take the appropriate medication be removed from their parents' home?

'Big Bang Theory' actress Mayim Bialik a real-life scientistupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 11:17:00

You may remember her as the title character from NBC's "Blossom," or recognize her as brainy Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory."

Ban unsafe chemical from baby bottles and cupsupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 09:40:00

Last month, China banned companies from manufacturing, importing or selling baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA), a potentially dangerous chemical routinely added to everyday plastic products.

2009: New fuel for BPA debateupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 09:40:00

A Consumer Reports study found lots of BPA in most canned foods. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on the implications.

Is a used breast pump safe?updated: Mon Jun 13 2011 07:58:00

I'm eight months pregnant and plan to breastfeed. I will go back to work after a few months and am thinking about getting a heavy-duty double breast pump, but the new ones are very expensive. Is it safe to buy or rent a used one? I'm worried about the germs that might be inside the pump but can't really afford a new one.

Can I safely diet while I'm breast-feeding?updated: Fri May 20 2011 08:18:00

I recently had a baby and gained 32 pounds (BMI was 19.1 to start). I am eager to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight but am breast-feeding and can find little guidance on caloric needs and optimal diet to maintain breast-feeding but to also lose weight. Any Ideas?

Scammer calls social worker on Mariah Carey, husband saysupdated: Thu May 12 2011 20:57:00

New mother Mariah Carey got a hospital visit from a social worker this week, according to her husband, after someone complained that Carey was abusing her newborn twins by consuming alcohol and drugs while breastfeeding.

Nick Cannon on Guinness controversy updated: Thu May 12 2011 20:57:00

Nick Cannon addresses the recent story about his wife, Mariah Carey, drinking Guinness in the hospital.

For schoolchildren, where's the water?updated: Tue May 10 2011 14:58:00

When 12-year-old Mason went to lunch each day last year, he could choose between orange juice and milk, but he couldn't get a cup of water.

People.com: PHOTO: Miranda Kerr Back to Work - and Breastfeedingupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 16:09:00

"Another day in the office ... Flynn is with me on set!" the model Tweeted of her 3-month-old son

Mother's milk stirs unlikely political debateupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 16:33:00

First lady Michelle Obama found herself at the center of an unlikely breast-feeding debate this week when three prominent conservative women criticized her for encouraging the creation of a "nanny state."

Is the U.S. a 'nanny state'?updated: Fri Feb 18 2011 16:33:00

CNN's John King holds a discussion on the IRS decision that breast-feeding is a medical expense.

She ate 162 school lunches -- and blogged itupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 09:22:00

After a year of eating school lunches, Mrs. Q survived to blog about it.

Mom fights for healthier school lunchesupdated: Fri Jan 21 2011 09:22:00

In September 2010, school food activists told the government it was time to help districts serve better, healthier food.

2010: Obama signs child nutrition lawupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:42:00

In December, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law.

Feds to tighten school nutrition standardsupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:42:00

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new proposed rule Thursday designed to strengthen school breakfast and lunch nutrition standards -- part of the Obama administration's attempt to crack down on an epidemic of childhood obesity.

What kids' growth charts don't tell youupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 08:05:00

There are few issues that preoccupy new parents more than this: Is my baby growing normally?

Obama signs child nutrition billupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 05:23:00

President Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of child nutrition standards Monday, enacting a law meant to encourage better eating habits in part by giving the federal government more authority to set standards for food sold in vending machines and elsewhere on school grounds.

Congress passes sweeping child nutrition billupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 10:59:00

The House of Representatives passed a sweeping child nutrition bill Thursday designed to promote better eating habits in part by giving the federal government more authority to set standards for food sold in vending machines and other venues on school grounds.

Schoolkids deserve more than junk foodupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 10:18:00

Your kids deserve better. Because Congress failed to pass the Child Nutrition Bill last week, bad school lunches will remain bad.

Jamie Oliver's food crusadeupdated: Thu Oct 07 2010 10:18:00

TED Prize-winning chef leads bid to educate Americans about healthy eating.

First lady's child nutrition push stymied in Congressupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 12:57:00

First lady Michelle Obama's push for a new child nutrition law has hit a wall in Congress -- at least temporarily.

Schools struggle to feed kids healthy foodupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 10:08:00

Dana Woldow issues a challenge to every member of Congress: "Try school cafeteria food in your district. Then see if you continue to make the same decisions about how you fund the program."

CNNMoney: Similac recalling 5 million cans of baby formulaupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 12:16:00

Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday that it has issued a recall of approximately 5 million cans of certain Similac-brand powdered infant formula due to the possibility of the presence of a beetle.

5 million cans of Similac infant formula being recalled by companyupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 23:04:00

Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday that it has issued a recall of approximately 5 million cans of certain Similac-brand powdered infant formula due to the possibility of the presence of a beetle.

10 nutrition powerhouses for kidsupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 08:28:00

Get your kids addicted to these colorful, tasty, nutrient-packed superfoods, like blueberries, cocoa, cinnamon and more.

Limit infants' use of Bisphenol-A products, FDA saysupdated: Thu May 27 2010 18:56:00

Parents should take precautions to minimize infants' exposure to the chemical Bisphenol-A, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday in an announcement that stopped short of saying there is a definite health risk from the chemical.

People.com: Jennifer Aniston: I'm Not Eating Baby Food!updated: Fri May 14 2010 09:08:00

Despite diet rumors, she jokes to PEOPLE, "I've been on solids for about 40 years now"

Appeals court upholds ruling in Seinfeld cookbook caseupdated: Thu Apr 29 2010 13:04:00

The author of a children's cookbook cannot copyright ideas for slipping vegetables into children's food, a federal appeals court said in upholding a ruling in favor of the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld in a copyright infringement case.

Airport screeners get kit to test for dangerous powdersupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 17:31:00

The Transportation Security Administration is giving its airport checkpoint officers a new tool: a kit to test for explosive powders.

Baby food biz takes offupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 12:07:00

An entrepreneur leaves a corporate job to start an organic baby food business. Tony Harris' series: "Survival of the Fittest."

African immigrant, mom sees fruits of healthy baby foodupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 12:07:00

Agatha Achindu's life-changing career move started out simply enough -- she wanted a healthy baby.

People.com: Tori Spelling: I Make My Own Baby Foodupdated: Thu May 28 2009 09:27:00

The actress and author enjoys preparing her children's food - herself

Global IPO slide reveals economy's deep craterupdated: Fri May 08 2009 01:45:00

If you want to stare deep into the crater of the world economy, look at the largest public company listings over the past year.

It's not baby fat: Among 4-year-olds, nearly 1 in 5 is obeseupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 10:53:00

Nearly one-fifth of American 4-year-olds are obese, and children of color are at higher risk, according to new research.

Convictions upheld in China milk scandalupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 03:36:00

A court upheld the convictions of two milk producers in China's tainted milk scandal, which killed at least six infants and sickened nearly 300,000 others, state-run media reported.

Commentary: Why we need an obesity taxupdated: Thu Dec 18 2008 17:09:00

Like many New Yorkers, I remember a time when nearly everyone smoked. In 1950, Collier's reported that more than three-quarters of adult men smoked. This epidemic had a devastating and long-lasting impact on public health.

Fitness boot camp helps fight childhood obesityupdated: Thu Dec 18 2008 13:31:00

One of the best gifts you can give a child this holiday season may not be the latest gadget, toy, or tasty treat, but instead the gift of a healthy lifestyle.

Weak economy puts more kids in line for free meals, report saysupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 13:21:00

The sagging economy is taking a bite out of federal school-meal subsidies as more students take advantage of free or low-price breakfasts and lunches, nutritionists say in a report released Thursday.

Bill Clinton not interested in wife's Senate seatupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 11:02:00

Former President Bill Clinton has no interest in replacing his wife in the U.S. Senate, his spokesman said, adding any speculation that he would be interested is "completely false."

FDA sets 'safe' levels for melamine in baby formulaupdated: Fri Nov 28 2008 21:51:00

After first saying that they could not determine a threshold for the safe amount of certain toxic chemicals in infant formula, Food and Drug Administration officials said Friday that trace amounts are safe.

FDA finds more traces of melamine in formulaupdated: Thu Nov 27 2008 18:01:00

Several samples of infant formula have tested positive for trace amounts of the toxic contaminant melamine or a related compound, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

Trace amounts of melamine found in 1 formula sampleupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 21:56:00

A single sample of infant formula has tested positive for trace amounts of the toxic contaminant melamine, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

Japan recalls sweets in melamine scandalupdated: Fri Sep 26 2008 12:03:00

A Japanese food corporation has recalled five products after determining they contained the chemical melamine that has been blamed for the deaths of four children and sickening thousands of others.

EU bans baby food with Chinese milkupdated: Thu Sep 25 2008 15:01:00

The European Union announced a ban on imports of baby food containing Chinese milk Thursday, after tainted dairy products linked to the deaths of four babies turned up in candy and other Chinese-made goods that were quickly pulled from stores worldwide.

Countries pull Chinese dairyupdated: Thu Sep 25 2008 15:01:00

A growing number of Asian countries are pulling Chinese diary products off the shelves. CNN's Sohn Jie-Ae reports.

Time.com: Tainted Milk Fears Spread to Britain, New Zealandupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 16:25:00

The British supermarket chain Tesco pulled a Chinese candy from its shelves and New Zealand said Wednesday it found dangerously high levels of the industrial chemical melamine in the same brand, as fears over tainted milk spread beyond Asia

Time.com: Head of China's Food Safety Watchdog Resignsupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 11:50:00

The head of China's food safety watchdog resigned Monday in the wake of the tainted baby formula scandal that has sickened nearly 53,000 infants, state media reported

Time.com: China Makes Arrests in Tainted Milk Probeupdated: Mon Sep 15 2008 14:00:00

Chinese police arrested two brothers suspected of adding a dangerous chemical to milk they sold to a company that produced infant formula that killed two babies and sickened more than 1,200 others

Time.com: Dear Parents: Your Child Is Fatupdated: Fri Aug 08 2008 13:00:00

A new plan by English schools to keep parents informed about their children's weight draws fire for being too soft

Time.com: Child Obesity Rate Levels Offupdated: Tue May 27 2008 23:00:00

The steep decades-long rise in child obesity appears to have peaked, according to a new study

CNNMoney: School kids feel the bite of high food pricesupdated: Mon May 05 2008 12:09:00

Rising food prices are making it harder for schools to cook up ways to give kids the nutrition they need.

Childhood obesity falloutupdated: Thu Dec 13 2007 07:16:00

A new study suggests overweight children have an increased risk of heart disease. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Time.com: Lifelong Effects of Childhood Obesityupdated: Thu Dec 06 2007 18:00:00

Two new studies suggest that being overweight as a kid can lead to heart disease and greater risk of disease-related death in adulthood

Time.com: High Blood Pressure Affects Kids Too updated: Tue Aug 21 2007 15:00:00

The rate of hypertension in children is increasing, a new study finds, but doctors often miss the danger signs

People.com: Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony to Tour Togetherupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 21:24:00

Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony will co-headline their first tour together this fall.

CNNMoney: Study: TV ads = higher obesity risk for kidsupdated: Tue Mar 27 2007 15:12:00

Even with child obesity rates soaring in America, food marketers are bombarding kids with a steady diet of snack and candy ads, a new study said Wednesday.

5 flu myths debunkedupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 11:48:00

Centuries ago, people believed epidemics were caused by the stars' influence, thereby giving influenza its name.

CNNMoney: Drink makers pulling sodas from schoolsupdated: Wed May 03 2006 10:07:00

The nation's biggest beverage makers have agreed to end sales of nearly all sugary sodas to public schools, a group led by former President Clinton announced Wednesday.

Clinton: 'I was a fat band boy'updated: Fri Aug 05 2005 13:26:00

Former President Bill Clinton said his weight problem and brush with death are the catalysts behind his foundation's initiative of tackling childhood obesity.

CNNMoney: This is science?updated: Tue Jul 06 2004 13:04:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Back in the ninth grade, I wanted to be a scientist. It fascinated me how brilliant men and women could look objectively at issues that had baffled mankind for years and find answers.

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