Aug 25, 2015 11:06:15 AM
Aug 21, 2015 8:39:14 AM
Protect Your Baby's Sensitive Skin from the Hot Summer Sun
Contributed by Tara Hilton, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who specializes in the care of infants.
You love your little one and want to him/her safe, so it only makes sense that you want to protect your baby from the summer sun.
Did you know that children who experience just one bad sunburn have a twofold risk of developing melanoma later in life? Protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation should begin early and continue throughout one’s lifetime.
Children under age two years have more sensitive skin that offers minimal protection against harmful ultraviolet radiation, allowing skin damage to occur within minutes of exposure to direct sunlight. Such damage can occur as early as a baby’s very first summer.
But don’t have to worry, you can take some simple steps to keep your baby safe.Read More
Aug 20, 2015 11:34:55 AM
Check out Care.com's article on How to Breastfeed Your Baby featuring comments from our very own Amanda Cole.Read More
Aug 20, 2015 11:13:58 AM
Check out Stoller Traffic's article on how the right breast pump makes all the difference. Amanda Cole shares some guidance on choosing the best pump for your needs, and the scoop on how to get yours covered by insurance.Read More
Aug 18, 2015 12:23:16 PM
Aug 14, 2015 10:25:00 AM
What should I pack in my hospital bag?
Contributed by Fern Drillings, RN, MSN, certified childbirth educator and infant/child CPR instructor
To learn more about Fern and the classes she offers, visit: http://www.ferndrillings.com
The following are some suggestions for things that you might want with you in the hospital. Be sure to separate labor supplies from those things used after the baby is born. Try to be packed and ready to go at least 4 weeks before you are due, so there is no last-minute rush.
Aug 14, 2015 10:07:50 AM
Aug 11, 2015 1:11:23 PM
Boob Scoop: Once your milk supply has leveled off, around week eight, you may find it difficult to pump extra breastmilk to build a freezer stash. This does not mean that you have a milk supply issue, but rather that your body has adjusted to produce the amount of milk that your baby needs. As you reach the point of producing just the right amount of milk for your baby, your breasts may not feel as full as in the early weeks. This too is also normal. If breastfeeding has been going well and your baby is gaining steadily and her diaper output is good, your milk supply is also likely to be on point. Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)
Aug 4, 2015 12:14:22 PM
Boob Scoop: Mothers will sometimes encourage their baby to feed longer at the breast to assure greater intake of hind milk, which is the fatty milk that comes at the end of a feeding. However, research indicates that there is no reason to worry about foremilk (which comes at the beginning) and hindmilk. If a baby breastfeeds effectively and feedings are not cut short, he will receive about the same amount of milk fat over the course of a day, despite the breastfeeding pattern. Therefore, there's no need to time feedings. Good milk transfer and steady growth are better indicators that a baby is getting just what he needs. Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)
Jul 28, 2015 9:31:20 AM
Boob Scoop: If you need to use a nipple shield, it's important to make sure it's a good fit for you and also for your baby, especially if he is preterm. A nipple shield that is too big for a baby can cause him to gag and in turn result in an aversion to the breast. When using a nipple shield, it is always recommended to work with a Board Certified Lactation Consultant to assure that your milk supply is adequate and that your baby is feeding well. Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)