10 Things Pregnant Women Should Know

***Originally Posted On OBGYN Gal*** 1.) Foods During pregnancy do not eat unpasteurized foods (cheeses and dairy products).  Do not eat raw fish or meats.  Reheat deli or processed meat before you eat them. 2.) Flu Shots The CDC recommends pregnant women should get a flu shot. During pregnancy, a woman's immune system is weakened and she becomes more susceptible to viruses and infections. 3.) Exercise Exercise is alright for most healthy pregnant  women. Check with your health care provider before starting any exercise during your pregnancy.  For most healthy, pregnant women Continue Reading

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Click here for a guide to all the information and support you'll need to be successful at breastfeeding. Continue Reading

Study: Pacifiers Don’t Affect Breastfeeding

Fear not the pacifier. Mothers who worry that letting their babies use a pacifier will reduce the chances of successful breasfeeding should relax, a new study says. “Pacifiers have traditionally been thought to interfere with optimal breast-feeding,” wrote the researchers, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In the 1980s, health officials discouraged their use. But in recent years, researchers have found evidence that babies who use pacifiers when they sleep may be less susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that Continue Reading

Help for Breastfeeding Moms After a Cesarean

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By Richard Winer BBA Contributor Almost 20 - 25% women in the United States go through a caesarean section to give birth. Women, especially mothers should be aware and educated about breastfeeding their baby after a c-section, so they can deal with it if needed. Mothers who go through a C-Section worry about when their milk will come in. However, the milk coming process is same for natural birth, or vaginal birth, as it is for an operative birth. The first milk released by the breasts is colostrum, a thick yellowish liquid which is full of antibodies and nutrition for the baby. Whether you Continue Reading

Breastfeeding Linked to Heart Health

Mothers who breastfed their children for a combined period of one year were 10 percent less likely to have heart attacks, strokes or heart disease later in life than those who never nursed, according to a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers published in the May issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Any amount of breastfeeding is better than none, and the more the better in terms of [preventing] risk factors as well as heart disease itself," lead author Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, M.D., said yesterday in an interview. "We always hear it's good for babies and their health and hear less Continue Reading

The Case Against Breastfeeding

By Hanna RosinThe AtlanticOne afternoon at the playground last summer, shortly after the birth of my third child, I made the mistake of idly musing about breast-feeding to a group of new mothers I’d just met. This time around, I said, I was considering cutting it off after a month or so. At this remark, the air of insta-friendship we had established cooled into an icy politeness, and the mothers shortly wandered away to chase little Emma or Liam onto the slide. Just to be perverse, over the next few weeks I tried this experiment again several more times. The reaction was always the same: Continue Reading

Salma Hayek Breastfeeds Another Woman’s Baby

Got milk? Salma Hayek does - and she's happy to share.The sultry "Frida" actress breastfed another woman's baby during a trip to Sierra Leone in front of "Nightline" cameras. Hayek, 42, discovered the child, who's mother was unable to produce milk, during a tour of a hospital in the war-torn country."The baby was perfectly healthy, but the mother did not have any milk," she later recalled to USA Today. "He was very hungry - I was weaning my daughter Valentina, but I still had a lot of milk, so I breastfed the baby." (New York Daily News) Continue Reading

Breastfeeding Multiples Can Be Done!

By RachaelBBA Contributor, Mother of TripletsOf course, breastfeeding isn't possible for everyone. Often it is an incredibly personal choice a new mother has to make and it is one that needs full support of family and friends. If you choose to go with formula for your multiples' early needs, there are a lot of wonderful benefits to doing so. But if breastfeeding your multiples is something that you would like to do, it can be done. In fact, I was successfully able to pump for/breastfeed my triplets for 14 ½ months.After a lot of trial and error in the beginning, I realized some very important Continue Reading

A Must-Watch for Clueless All Parents-to-Be

My husband and I were pretty clueless about pregnancy and parenting when I found out I was pregnant. I knew we needed to learn as much as we could before the baby arrived, so we wouldn't be more overwhelmed than we needed to be facing parenthood. We read books, took classes at the hospital (childbirth, newborn care and breastfeeding) and checked out some videos from the library. This all helped, but was very time consuming. I was recently introduced to the Laugh and Learn DVD Series (Childbirth, Breastfeeding & Newborn Baby Care). Wow! I watched the DVDs and all I can think is that I wish Continue Reading

PETA: Use Breast Milk in Ice Cream

This is one of those stories we couldn't make up if we tried. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging Ben & Jerry's ice cream to replace the cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement released by a PETA spokesperson."PETA's request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in the food he serves," the statement says.Ben & Jerry's response? Classic. In a statement, the company Continue Reading