What to Eat While Breastfeeding

Your baby is finally here, so you can ingest whatever you want, right? Actually, breastfeeding moms need to think carefully about their diet. A nursing infant requires a healthy mom, and you may decide to avoid foods that your baby doesn’t like!
Transcript: A curry or a glass of wine taste great-but are your nutritional choices preventing your baby from getting the BEST breast milk possible? If you choose to breastfeed, your milk may be your baby’s sole source of nutrients. Therefore, good nutrition is even more important after birth than it was during your pregnancy! To ensure the most nutritious breast milk, experts once recommended increasing your caloric intake by about 500 calories a day. But when you get those calories from empty foods, like chips or candy bars, your baby may not benefit. That’s why it’s now advised that you focus more on WHAT you eat and worry less about HOW much. Enjoy a diet similar to the one you ate while pregnant, full of complex carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. If you’re eating a balanced diet of this nature, you probably won’t need to supplement with additional vitamins or minerals. Your doctor may recommend that you continue to take your pre-natal vitamin just to be safe, and that’s fine. Of course, a healthy diet also means eliminating-or at least scaling back-on certain foods. For example, you should avoid mercury-rich fish, like mackerel, swordfish and shark, and keep tuna -both canned and otherwise-to a minimum. If an allergy to a certain food runs in your family, it’s best to avoid eating it now. Meanwhile-whether it’s hot spices, cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, or cow’s milk-if you find a food that upsets your little one, avoid it! What you drink is important, too. Because breastfeeding causes you to lose fluid, rehydrate with at least eight glasses of water a day. If you like coffee in the morning, you can stick to your tradition as long as you don’t consume more than about 300 milligrams of caffeine per day. There are about 100 mg of caffeine in the average cup of coffee, and about 75 mg of caffeine in 20 oz. soda bottles. If, however, your baby seems bothered or overly stimulated by caffeine, you should cut it out altogether. It’s also wise to reduce or eliminate alcohol intake, as it can enter your milk and may irritate or tire your baby. In fact, studies have found that babies consume less milk when their mothers have even one drink a day. The alcohol may also interfere with your body’s milk let-down reflex. On the other hand, the occasional celebratory cocktail doesn’t seem to harm an infant over time. Just remember that alcohol will be most potent in your milk about one hour post-consumption. So if you have a drink, enjoy it immediately AFTER a feeding. In fact, this rule holds true for many foods that you really want, but that you worry might negatively affect your baby. And don’t get too uptight about your breastfeeding diet-your little one will DEFINITELY let you know if you’ve made a bad food decision!

How to Automatically Call a Number with an Extension on Your iPhone

Calling a phone number manned by an automated operator can drive a person crazy. Usually the voice on the other end of the line lists your options at the pace of this stoner Neil deGrasse Tyson video.

Here’s a sly way to forgo that excruciating introduction and get straight to it:

1. Say you’re calling a friend at his company and that phone number is 234-5678. Your friend’s extension is 9101. Enter in the generic number for the office.


2. Hold your finger on the * button until a comma appears. This is known in telephone-speak as a “pause.”

3. Enter the extension, and then tap the call button.


The comma you entered will instruct your iPhone to first call the main number, pause until the other line picks up, and then dial the extension. Meaning you won’t have to listen to a robot voice’s useless list of options.

In sum, do this:


And that’s that! Adios, robotic operator.

Drones that steals information from your smartphone


By Molly Mulshine, BetaBeat

That? Oh, that’s just a mosquito, now tell me more about your top secret project.

Drones are incredibly versatile, able to do everything from delivering beer to, er, killing innocent people :(. And now, hackers have developed a new skill for the flying robots — and it’s definitely on the disconcerting end of the drone use spectrum.

Hackers have developed a drone that can steal information from smartphones, CNNMoney reports. It’s being tested in London, and research on the drones’ functionality will be presented at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore next week.

The drone’s technology is called Snoopy, which sounds innocuous and is anything but. It looks for mobile devices with WiFi functions turned on, then sends out a signal pretending to be a WiFi network the smartphone is familiar with. Snoopy can then intercept all of the phone’s messages.

Snoopy can access browser history, credit card information data, usernames and passwords, CNNMoney reports. In less than one hour of flying the drone, a CNNMoney reporter obtained network names and GPS coordinates for 150 mobile devices.

Shut off your WiFi connection, and the technology won’t be able to snoop your information.

The hacks, while “creepy,” could be helpful for law enforcement, CNNMoney reports. But we can’t help thinking of that too-true Orwellian saw: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Granting this ability to a cop with anything less than Serpico-like levels of incorruptibility would be a pretty terrible idea.

Peverley has successful heart surgery

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The Dallas Stars say Rich Peverley has undergone successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, just more than a week after the forward collapsed on the bench during a game.

Stars general manager Jim Nill says Peverley was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday, a day after surgery.

Peverley is expected to return Thursday to Dallas. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment.

The 31-year-old Peverley chose for less invasive treatment after an irregular heartbeat was diagnosed during training camp.

Nill says there is “no decision being made at this time” on if Peverley will play hockey again. He is out this season.

Peverley collapsed during the first period March 11 against Columbus. The game was postponed and will be made up April 9.