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New babies, modern dangers

We had another baby born in my extended family today. Always a source of joy and celebration.

My sister, the grandmother, picked up a brochure that is handed out to new mothers concerning nursing. The brochure lists the things that nursing mothers shouldn't ingest because it could harm the mother through her breast milk.

"In my day, they warned us against eating chocolate or drinking too much coffee," said my sister. The five children she nursed are now in their 30s and raising children of their own.

Today's brochure told moms to avoid about a dozen things, including: cigarettes, marijuana, alcohol and meth.

A nursing mom who doesn't know meth is bad for a baby? A nursing mom who is on meth? Both realities. Or why mention it in a brochure handed out to all moms?

It can seem a scary world for all newborns after reading a brochure like that. God protect them all.

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