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Very relevant excerpt from the pdf

All Government Organizations, while implementing e-Governance applications and systems must include a specific requirement in Request for Proposal (RFP) for all suppliers to consider OSS along with CSS while responding. Suppliers shall provide justification for exclusion of OSS in their response, as the case may be. Government Organizations shall ensure compliance with this requirement and decide by comparing both OSS and CSS options with respect to capability, strategic control, scalability, security, life-time costs and support requirements.

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"More importantly, some mothers just cannot produce enough milk" - Is there any anecdotal evidence to prove this. One lactation consultant told us that this claim is totally false. According to her, all women who give birth can and will produce enough breast milk and she had the evidence to prove that.

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She sounds like a real peach.

Honestly that opinion seems more colored by her political views (i.e. breast feeding good, formula evil) than any scientific or medical evidence.

I've met lactation consultants just like that, and they often go into diatribes about how hospitals/doctors are evil and push formula on new mothers (which wasn't true at all, in fact the hospital we used had a nurse specifically to help mothers breastfeed and offered heavily subsidised classes).

While getting started with breastfeeding is hard and mothers should be encouraged to keep at it. Some mothers simply never produce, even after trying that hard, or that long. At a point you're putting your child's life in danger if you keep trying without results (and, no, I do not mean after just a few hours -- that's normal, I mean days).

Honestly I'm pro breastfeeding but I find a lot of other pro breastfeeding people insufferable. No, sorry, but people are in fact good mothers or fathers if they use formula. No, sorry, they aren't automatically ignorant if they use formula. No, sorry, you or your child aren't superior because you breastfeed. No, sorry, it really isn't appropriate to approach random people in the street and lecture them on why they're raising their child wrong.

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Is "breastfeeding good, formula evil" really a political view?

It is not hard to find cases of formula being promoted over breastfeeding to the detriment of infant health and development. Case in point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestl%C3%A9_boycott

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According to her, all women who give birth can and will produce enough breast milk and she had the evidence to prove that.

Bullshit (not you; her). The only way to prove that, given that humans are messy biologicals and not a mathematical equation, is to line up every woman who ever gave birth and demonstrate that each of them produces enough milk to feed said child. A single counter-example (of which there are many) demonstrates that she's talking rot.

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Surely some mothers cannot produce enough milk, but this is the rallying cry justifying reverting to formula, much as "the baby was too big" is the rationalization for cesarean delivery. Surely it is true in some very small percentage of cases, but it cannot explain away the measured variations and choosing the sub-optimal path. Everyone has their own anecdote, but they can't all be biologically incapable of breastfeeding.

Take the CDC's data for example: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/2014breastfeedingreport...

When you see breastfeeding at 6 months rates by state that vary from lows in the 30's to highs in the 60's, biology can't explain it away.

And from the Surgeon General's report on Barriers to Breastfeeding ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK52688/ ):

"Concern about insufficient milk supply is another frequently cited reason for early weaning of the infant.90,113–116 One national study on feeding practices found that about 50 percent of mothers cited insufficient milk supply as their reason for stopping breastfeeding.112 Having a poor milk supply can result from infrequent feeding or poor breastfeeding techniques,115,117–119 but lack of confidence in breastfeeding or not understanding the normal physiology of lactation can lead to the perception of an insufficient milk supply when in fact the quantity is enough to nurture the baby.120,121"

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My wife's mother was unable to leave hospital until my wife put on weight. My adopted son lost tonnes of weight and only gained after bottle feeding. My daughter simply could not be taken away from the breast.

That was enough for me to make a decision that breastfeeding my second daughter was impractical.

EDIT: I do say "produce" but it may not be as simple as that, again it's complicated. Production may not be impaired, but perhaps the ability to dispense might be. There may be some matrilineal genetic factor present that prevents a baby from latching properly or taking enough milk. I'm not an expert but there are a few stages in the process where things can and do go wrong.

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This is precisely what the lactation consultant said. So, my wife couldn't breast feed for the first couple of months and we assumed that she couldn't produce enough milk. We went to this consultant and all she did was to change the feeding position by a small degree. After that our daughter fed happily. The problem was not with production but with the latching technique and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the case with many women.

I do have a bias against bottle feeding because of our personal experience stated above.

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I would love to see that evidence, since I have plenty of anecdotal evidence that it is bullshit.

And what's even worse, all the people pushing this nonsense do a lot of damage to all the women who cannot produce enough milk, since all it does is make them feel like failures as mothers. Which is not a good state of mind to be in when someone just dumped a new born baby in your lap and basically says "here you go, this human being lives or dies based solely on your actions".

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I wonder what she says to women who've had mastectomies?

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Actually, does anyone have data on the average student debt of MIT grads. To start a company, Even with a million $ seed, the founders can take home around 80k. Will that be sufficient to afford the monthly debt payments ? This might be a huge factor for grads while making the choice to startup or join a big company. A large company can at least guarantee a consistent loan repayment schedule. It's immensely difficult to start a company with a large debt hanging above your head.

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I don't know the numbers for MIT specifically, but most top-tier (Ivy-equivalent) private colleges have very generous financial aid, and consequentially very low levels of student debt.

It's when you go down to the second tier and below that student debt becomes a serious problem, as lots of schools try to match the Ivy experience but without the benefit of a large old-money endowment to subsidize financial aid.

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I have a contrarian view. This is purely based on my experience. When I was first 'taught' BASIC in high school I detested it. I didn't want to stay anywhere near computers because it was no fun compared to let's say jumping off a roof. Fast forward to Uni, I still detested computer science - mostly because I never realized what one can achieve by using computers. That context was simply not there. This was 1995 in India. My mind was simply elsewhere - mostly I was disinterested in anything related to making a career.

I did find a job and turned out to be an average programmer and I worked mostly for the heck of it.

The turning point in my life came when I ventured into management. I realized how fucked up that industry was, as compared to even the most inane programming task I had ever done. So that's when my love for programming started to grow and it hasn't stopped ever since. More and more I see other industries I realize how shoddily disorganized they are. I mean - consider the process of getting an approval. It takes days where as it's just a push of a button on an app.

So it's not true that as an adult - you can't realize the magic of programming. You just need the right context and some affordabiity for the right tools.

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Regarding mapping - one overlooked aspect is the fine grain detail required for driverless cars. For example - current precision is for a road, required precision for driverless cars is for a lane. Not sure how Google can leverage Uber to solve this.

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Driverless cars use computer-vision to find lanes. They also can read street signs in some implementations. The required precision is not really a problem you'd want to try and solve with mapping alone.

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MongoDB is not at all good for Social networks or anything resembling a graph. You are better off with Titan (horizontal scaling) or Neo4j (vertical scaling). Neo4j offers this great ability to query by a path, which no other database offers.

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Speaking from experience this process does have demerits. For example - how long before you decide that the hill you just climbed is not the highest. It's easier to figure out that a banking career is not for you but it's not that easy to figure out that a startup job is not for you.

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Another spin on this is to build an editor for GRE/GMAT exam prep. Huge market.

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This is wordnet++ Good going.

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And here I am complaining about the weather. You are a true inspiration. Great going Michelle and I hope that one day your epicondilytis gets cured.

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