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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Archive for the ‘Breastfeeding’ Category

How to handle conflicting advice on infant care

conflicting advice on infant care

When it comes to finding trusted information on infant feeding, vaccines and sleep environments, where do new mothers get their information? Researchers at Boston Medical Center surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,031 mothers of infants ages 2 to 6 months about advice they receive from doctors, nurses, family and media about pacifier use, breastfeeding, […]

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Birth control after baby

At some point during a postpartum appointment, your obstetrician will ask a perfectly reasonable question: “What are you thinking about birth control?” The idea of making more babies is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Unfortunately, biology doesn’t really care if you’re ready or not. Here’s what you need to know about contraceptive options […]

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Challenges of “Baby-Friendly” breastfeeding status in Arizona

Only five birthing facilities have achieved “Baby-Friendly” breastfeeding status in Arizona, with only one in the Phoenix metro area: the Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC), a full-service hospital that has provided free health care since 1970 for Native Americans registered through tribal census. Baby-Friendly USA (BFUSA) is the non-profit organization that designates the status on birthing facilities […]

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“Baby-Friendly” Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Initiating breastfeeding within one hour of birth. Facilitating skin-to-skin contact. Keeping mothers and their babies together 24 hours a day. No baby formula unless medically necessary. No pacifiers or artificial nipples. No gift bags with formula, or magazines advertising formula products. An entire staff—from the anesthesiologists and OB-GYNs to the food delivery workers and the […]

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WIC: It’s there when you need it

Scott and Christa Price welcomed their firstborn daughter, Audrie, while Scott was working toward a degree in dentistry. Carson, a baby boy, would follow. Son Reed was born after dental school graduation, while Scott was working on his residency in periodontics. Money was tight. “We were poor and broke going through school,” says Scott. “We […]

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Nourishing the nursing mom

In some cultures, the postpartum care of a new mother is still a time-honored ritual. For several weeks, people prepare nourishing, herbal and protein-rich soups for the new mother and take care of housework and childcare duties that would otherwise sap her energy. All of these precautions are designed to allow the new mother to […]

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Safe sleep for babies

In Arizona, 51 babies under the age of 1 died in 2012 because they were put to bed in an unsafe sleep environment. Eighty-three percent of  those deaths were determined to have been preventable, according to the Arizona Child Fatality Review (ACFR) Program, an annual report issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services Office […]

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Breastfeeding duration depends on preparation

Concerns about breastfeeding during the first 14 days after delivery can impact how long a new mother is likely to breastfeed, according to a study in the October 2013 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Study authors interviewed first-time moms during pregnancy, 24 hours after giving birth and then periodically for the […]

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New AAP report: Most medications safe for breastfeeding moms

Many women who are breastfeeding are wrongly advised to stop taking necessary medications or to discontinue nursing because of potential harmful effects on their infants, according to a new report published online today by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Receiving mixed messages from physicians and other providers about safety can lead some mothers to unnecessarily […]

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How to make baby food

One of the greatest joys of parenting is sharing your interests and hobbies with your children. Well, I like to eat. So once my son had the pediatrician’s OK for solid foods, we made a beeline for the baby food aisle. After a month or so of opening package after package, multiple times a day, […]

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