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The Week in Women: A record-breaking baby girl, new Clooney twins, and a surprising benefit of breastfeeding

By Brigit Katz on June 9, 2017

Babies! This week’s news roundup is devoted to little ones, because in these trying times, we could all use a healthy dose of adorable, chubster goodness. Let’s take a look back.

A baby girl who weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces at birth became the largest female child born in Florida’s Clay County. Carleigh Corbitt is just two ounces behind the record for the largest baby boy. Carleigh’s mother had gestational diabetes, which can lead to big babies, but nobody was expecting the chunky monkey to be quite that chunky; doctors had predicted that she would clock in at about 11 pounds. Somebody please give Carleigh’s mother a medal.

A new study has found that breastfeeding may lower a woman’s risk of developing endometrial cancer. Researchers analyzed data on 26,000 mothers, 9,000 of whom had been diagnosed with the disease. Women who breastfed their children were 11 percent less likely to develop endometrial cancer than women who did not. Breastfeeding for longer reduced cancer risks, though breastfeeding past the age of 6 months did not seem to afford extra protections. The study is far from conclusive, but it does suggest that there may be yet another health benefit to breastfeeding.

Amal and George Clooney welcomed healthy twins named Ella and Alexander this week. The couple confirmed they were expecting earlier this year. About a month after the announcement, Amal Clooney delivered a speech on ISIS atrocities at the U.N., but nobody really paid attention to her words, because baby bump. “Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine,” Stan Rosenfield, a rep for the couple, said in a statement. “George is sedated and should recover in a few days.” Congrats to the Clooneys on their new babies AND on their hilarious publicist.

And now from literal babies to a figurative one. While being interviewed by filmmaker Oliver Stone, Vladimir Putin explained his theory of his own rise to power. “I am not a woman, so I don’t have bad days,” the Russian president said. “I am not trying to insult anyone. That’s just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles.” Dunno, man. We’d like to argue that this definitely happened on a bad day.