Breastfeeding

Understanding SIDS

In my grandmother’s days they called it “blue baby” or “cot death,” the terrible phenomenon doctors now call sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.  It’s horrible when these babies come into the ER– found dead and blue in their cribs, the parents start CPR and call 911, hoping and praying for a miracle.  It doesn’t usually happen.  Instead we finish the code and call time of death, then comfort the parents.  It’s hard to explain to parents why their healthy baby suddenly died in their crib, without any apparent cause.  Do these babies just die peacefully in their sleep?

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Nipple twiddling while nursing- how to stop the tweeks

I thought twice about writing on this topic– it seemed almost indecent– but many moms have nervously asked me to address this this embarrassing and annoying problem.  Breastfeeding babies often twiddle the other nipple while nursing, and breaking them of the habit is no easy task.  Many babies and toddlers continue nipple twiddling after weaning.  When you and your little one are ready, there are gentle ways to to stop the tweeks and give your nipples a break.

I must admit that I’ve lived this reality: two of my five children were nipple twiddlers.

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Are you getting enough iodine?

iodized salt

I’ve been throwing down prenatal vitamins every morning for more than a decade, so I was shocked to realize that I’m deficient in iodine, a nutrient essential for thyroid function and brain development. I’m not alone, almost a third of pregnant women in the United States don’t get enough iodine in their diet, and only about 15% of prenatal vitamins contain iodine (mine didn’t.) This month, The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement about iodine deficiency, making the recommendation that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should be taking at least 150 micrograms of iodine daily.

Everyone needs iodine, but new research on iodine deficiency

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Dump this breastfeeding myth!

If you’ve ever been around a breastfeeding mom, you’ve probably heard the term “pump and dump.”  Essentially, it is the practice of pumping and dumping breast milk after having an alcoholic beverage. The thought is that the alcohol gets into the breast milk, so to prevent the baby from sharing mom’s margarita, you waste the milk by pumping it and tossing it out.

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