Doctors say a "mystery disease" with symptoms similar to polio is spreading in the United States. What you need to know, and how to spot it in your child. Plus, a genius idea to help moms find the perfect bottle for their baby! And, how new moms really feel about pumping at work. It's all right here in our Weekly Links!
- Right now, the CDC is investigating a polio-like disease that's already affected as many as 62 children in 22 states -- and there could be even more cases. It's called Acute Flaccid Myelitis and just like with polio, symptoms can lead to paralysis and even death. Though AMF is extremely rare, doctors say parents need to seek immediate medical attention if their children develop sudden weakness or loss of muscle tone in their arms or legs.
- If you haven't gotten a flu shot for yourself or your child, let this be a heartbreaking warning. One child has already died this year from the flu. The child, from Florida, had not been vaccinated. Doctors say it's imperative you get vaccinated before the end of October.
- Most new moms say they don't feel completely comfortable pumping at work. Despite the effort to #normalizebreastfeeding, as many as 63 percent of new moms see stigmas attached to breastfeeding or pumping at work... and 49 percent say they believe breastfeeding or pumping could impact their career negatively. The data, collected by Aeroflow, highlights the struggle many working moms feel while trying to breastfeed their babies.
- Choosing the right bottle for your baby can be tricky, so before you spend a million dollars in search of the perfect one, you miiiight want to check out this genius idea from Babylist. The Bottle Box is just $24 and includes five of the top bottle brands, giving you the chance to try out each with your baby... without spending a fortune. Sign us up!
- One of our favorite maternity clothing companies is celebrating a big milestone by going green. This year is Isabella Oliver's 15th anniversary and in honor, the company is planting trees in areas that really need them. To kick off the campaign they've donated 1,500 trees to areas ravaged by fires in California. You can help, too! Starting this week, the company will donate a tree on your behalf for every order made this year.