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I found these articles really interesting. My mother breastfed me and my brothers, and has always attributed that and other factors to our smarts. Some of the other things she did (like blast Mozart through headphones on her pregnant belly) seem sort of silly to me. But hey, she was going the extra mile. But breastfeeding always just seemed like a no-brainer. When I babysat in high school, I always wondered why the family used formula. I was just raised to know that's not how you were supposed to do it.
I think it's really interesting that New York hospitals are being so strict about baby formula. While breastfeeding may be better, it really is a personal choice, and I don't know if locking the formula away is the right way to handle it. Why not just educate mothers after they give birth and leave the choice up to them? I also think it's crazy that breastfeeding is "highly politicized." Can't women just be able to make their own choices about their bodies??
I thought the articles about breastfeeding were really interesting. My mom breastfed all four kids in my family and it’s interesting to look back now and remember her saying that she believed breastfeeding was much better health wise than infant formula. Although I believe that it should be the woman’s choice whether or not to feed formula or breastfeed, I do think that formula is a great technology for those who cannot or are not able to breastfeed. It allows mothers who have health conditions or other reasons for not being physically able to breastfeed the opportunity to feed their babies something as close to natural milk as possible. However, breastfeeding is definitely a cheaper option and if a mother does not have time to feed their baby in the middle of the day this way or if they are leaving their baby with a sitter, the technology of the breast pump allows mothers to give their baby access to this milk at any time of the day. So, although I personally believe that breastfeeding is a better option, the invention of infant formula has allowed mothers who are unable to breastfeed for one reason or another the ability to feed their babies a formula that has most of the nutrients they need.
The breast feeding articles were very interesting. I liked the differing perspectives on the health effects of formula versus breast milk. I know that I was breast fed for at least 6 months if not a little longer, and my mother also claimed that she believed it to be the healthier of the options. I do agree with the times article that the statistically correlation that scientific seem to be drawing on, may not have a direct causation, which is often the cause of misinterpretation of analysis within statistical population studies. While I don't think there is anything wrong with breast milk, as it is made for that purpose, I think that some of the findings that suggest formula is inferior may have some environmental factors that are left unaccounted for.
I'm looking forward to hearing more about the iPad, and what the market is for a product like this. It seems like a technology strictly for the elite as the rest of us cannot really afford another "toy" if we have technologies that already do what the iPad does. I liked how in the article it spoke about how even Steve Jobs was skeptical at first about what the iPad would be good for. I'm looking forward to seeing how the iPad may have affected education as I see more and more teachers in schools with school distributed iPads, and even here at the U with the distribution of iPads to students in the College of Human Development.
The articles on the merits of breastfeeding versus formula were interesting to read because they highlighted just how debatable the subject is. On the one hand, you have people who think women should breastfeed no matter what and think that – as the title of one of the articles put it – “breast is best.” On the other hand, there are people who think that formula is a perfectly good substitute for breastfeeding. While I understand that breast milk is indeed produced in order to nourish a baby, I don’t believe it is unacceptable to use formula.
I found the information on the differences in the percentage of mothers that breastfeed interesting, because it gave reasons why some people might choose not to breastfeed. It makes sense that if a woman does not have the opportunity to take maternity leave, or works at a job where they are unable to find a place or time to produce milk, they will choose to use formula. I was also a bit surprised to learn that at hospitals in New York, if a woman asks for formula for their baby, they first are given a lecture on breastfeeding. This seems excessive. Besides, some women cannot breastfeed, such as those on medications that warn against taking them while breastfeeding. A woman should be able to choose how she wants to feed her baby.
I enjoyed reading both of these articles. For the first article about the iPad, I did not know anything about how the idea for it got started. I think it is intriguing that the whole idea seemed like a let down when it was first explained, so much so Steve Jobs did not want anything to do with it, nor to even be associated with the idea. I was surprised that the average age who used iPads were 25-34. In my personal experience, I have seen many adults 34 and older frequently use iPads. My parents and grandparents love their iPads.
As for the breast feeding article, I thought it was informative to learn about some of the counter arguments breast feeding has, however, I do not believe them to be true. I am a strong believer that breast feeding is better for the baby in many ways. Breast feeding is natural and promotes bonding between the mother and the baby. Babies need that skin to skin contact. And although breast feeding is very time consuming and it takes a toll on the mother's body, in the end it is healthier and more beneficial for the baby. However, it is understandable that some mother's are not able to breast feed and their babies turn out just fine.
I was really interested about how in Erin’s article on the iPad, it is cited that the iPad was so highly criticized during its development. I specifically thought it was interesting that Steve Jobs denied its development and downplayed it a lot, yet know iPads are everywhere; it’s almost impossible to go to class without seeing at least one classmate “taking notes” on their iPad. That being said, it’s interesting to see how the target market changed from just being the very elite who would already have many electronics to a more broadened audience of twenties and thirties who probably haven’t quite made it to the elite level yet. I think that definitely speaks to the college student audience, even if it’s the parents that are making the iPad purchases for them. It’s interesting to look at a product like the iPad when talking about energy sources and green living. Although using your iPad isn’t the same as driving 90 mph down the highway in your hummer, it’s of use to look at our addiction to electronic devices that must consume energy in order to function.
It's amazing, the amount of shift in public opinion about the iPad since its release, as well as looking at the earlier tablet releases. Though Microsoft had come out with a tablet as early as 2003, tablets were really looked down upon as a means of computing, with their lack of keyboards and high price tag, when PDAs and such were big on the market. That, combined with the public negative response to the ipad and its supposed 'elitism' seems to be a very interesting shift. I think the important thing to draw from this story is the knowledge that no trends stay the same forever, and public opinion can bring revolutionary technology into the light from their interest in them.
As far as the Breast is Best article, I find it very silly that people would argue so heavily against the usage of formula, although of course bending to the fact that there is some proof behind it even with the possibility of flawed data. If the formula has the same nutrients the breastmilk does, there shouldn't be an issue. It should be up to the mothers themselves to choose. But this brings to light the issue of people's control over their own bodies and whether technology is a proper substitute for nature. I believe that technology certainly has the ability to be as good or better than nature and people shouldn't be judged for their reliance upon formula or similar products to help their children stay healthy. Similarly, evolution has allowed our bodies to pretty much make sense, so we shouldn't be judged for our adherence to the natural, such as people breastfeeding their child beyond one year old.
Great articles. My wife was fortunate to be able to breast feed both of our children. Fortunate because she had the time, the desire and because the babies cooperated. My daughter was born five weeks premature and hadn't developed the nursing reflex yet. She had to be fed through a syringe and a thin string-like tube that we would place into her mouth. At first we fed her formula, but shortly after we were able to switch to breast milk.
We're were familiar with breast feeding Nazi nurses. There were some that were unrelenting in insisting that the baby get breast milk no matter how difficult it was. Fortunately we had good doctors, who reminded us that the most important thing was that the baby was fed. Unfortunately we heard many stories of women driven to tears by mean nurses. It had become so common, that there were even portions of "What to expect when you are expecting" dedicated to how to handle these types of nurses.
In my life I have had no need or desire to ponder the effects of breast milk as opposed to formula, but from the articles I was able to see that there is a strong debate occurring. I have heard numerous times on the news about a new finding about breast feeding, and they were consistently pro-breast feeding. It is somewhat odd that society so badly wants mothers to breast feed when it can be so much harder than formula. I was raised on formula and feel that I never missed out.
As for the "History of the iPad," I found that I've heard many of the snippets that were presented. I knew about the previous tablet market that had existed in a much more niche manner. I can see how the iPad is currently used mainly by young people, but I consistently see older people moving towards it because they oftentimes need the portability for work or like the price because they are not power users. I have a tablet that I bought for $100 and I'm glad I have it, but I use it much less than either my computer or my smartphone because it often feels crippled compared to my laptop but less portable than my phone.
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