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Emily Oster crunches parenting data so you don't have to

April 18, 2019 Associated Press

In her new book, "Cribsheet," Oster compiles years of scientific research to debunk age-old myths about some of the most divisive and controversial subjects in parenting, from breastfeeding to sleep training.

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“So many people today want to approach parenting with the same work ethic that got them through school, that got them their first job and their first promotion,” Oster says. “They want to know how to do it right and do it well. I hope my evidence-based guide will help relieve some of the stress they’re feeling.”

“Cribsheet,” published by Penguin Random House, is out now. 

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