What medicines are safe to use while breastfeeding? Stool softeners like Miralax or Dulcolax? Acid blockers like Zantac or Pepcid? What about anti-inflammatory medications or antibiotics? To help answer your questions, we put together a list of commonly used medications, along with safety considerations during breastfeeding. If you need additional information, the National Library of Medicine is […]
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It has been over 12 years since the Women’s Health Initiative study and many women remain concerned about taking hormone therapy and want to know when their hot flashes (Vasomotor symptoms – VMS) are going to stop. Until this year, 2015, it has been difficult to give patients definitive answers. This is because VMS (hot […]
You wake up during the night and your throat is scratchy and you have a fever. Is it the flu? Your stomach is upset, you have diarrhea and you begin to realize you have a stomach virus. You are exclusively nursing your 2 month old and you wonder if you should stop breastfeeding temporarily? You […]
First and Foremost Concentrate on Bonding. I am extremely lucky. My profession allows me to regularly witness the most beautiful and touching event I know; the delivery of a healthy newborn infant bonding with her mother. The entire process is filled with a sense of accomplishment, awe, affection, and total love; what a beautiful sight! […]
Benjamin Franklin once said, “ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This is also true with breastfeeding. Proper latching (with the baby’s tongue down and nipple deep into the baby’s mouth where the hard and soft palate meet) can avoid trauma. Proper latching ensures that nursing should be comfortable and painless. […]
Prolactin and oxytocin are the two major hormones involved in breastfeeding and have amazing effects on your body as well as you psyche. High levels of prolactin stimulate the breast to produce milk. When breastfeeding exclusively, the high levels of prolactin suppress ovulation and help provide contraception, especially during the first several months. Oxytocin is […]
With good breastfeeding habits and techniques mom is usually able to produce more than adequate amounts of breast milk. There are, although, occasions when she will need to turn to medications to improve milk production and it is important that she understand the benefits and potential problems which have been associated with them. Reglan (Metoclopramide) […]
Over the past 15 years there have been numerous studies that have shown positive effects on the intellectual development of children who were breast fed. Most of the studies compared breast fed children with those who were not. In several different studies, breast fed children scored higher on intellectual testing as early as age 3 years of age and into their teens. Most of the studies also […]
A routine question I ask my patients at their postpartum visit is “are you resting and getting enough sleep?”; something I stress before they go home from the hospital. It is easy to determine if they are resting enough just by looking at them. Asking this question is important, so that I can re-emphasize the […]
It is such a heartwarming feeling to see you return for your post delivery visit and witness the love and concern that you feel for your newborn baby. It continually amazes me how in tune a mother is with her child; it is truly a thing of beauty. There are so many things to think […]