In 2016 I had the opportunity to travel to many places to represent Milkies and I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people. An event in Seattle during September put me in the same room as a wonderful group named Emerald City Doulas. Doulas are the unsung heroes of the delivery room, having a doula at your side during the labor process leads to lower rates of caesarian sections, reduced pain medicine use and higher satisfaction with the birth experience.
The benefits of probiotics are felt throughout the body– a stronger immune system and better nutrient absorption, among others. Probiotics show up in a range of health foods, yogurt, kefir, kombucha and sauerkraut. None of which are appropriate for young infants (although introducing sauerkraut may result in some interesting photos on your social media feed.)
There is a long list of the ways breastfeeding benefits your baby’s health. It provides the perfect nutrition for a growing human body and brain with no cost or preparation. Breastfeeding protects moms, too - by lower their risk of breast cancer. Just like babies, the longer you breastfeed, the greater the benefit to your health.
Historically, the use of any medication by a nursing mom caused doctors to put the brakes on breastfeeding.
A review of the information provided by the medication manufacturer shows that 80% of available medications are not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Researchers suggest this recommendation is not based on any data collected by the drug makers, but is easier than proving it is safe for the small population of patients that are lactating.
The first hour after birth is known as the Magic Hour. This is an exciting occasion as the family meets the new addition, and babies get their first experience of the world outside the womb.
Marijuana is becoming a legal drug in more states each year (23 states the District of Columbia have legalized it in some form). My state, Oregon, became the most recent addition to that list on July 1st.
Getting ready to welcome your new baby into the world is a time of excitement and anticipation. Unless you have been through giving birth 19 times and counting, it’s unfamiliar territory for us. If you plan to breastfeed, and almost all of us do, it is important to know how your birth plan affects you and your baby’s readiness to breastfeed.
Lauren was born in August and the days were warm and still. I felt relatively well and especially grateful to not be pregnant anymore in this hot weather. Lauren was breastfeeding around the clock and my older boys were busy with outside activities.
In the summer of 2012, I had an opportunity to attend a conference featuring Jack Newman in the tiny Central Oregon town of Hermiston. As a life-long Oregonian I was a bit puzzled by the location, Hermiston was famous for watermelons and not much more. However, Dr. Newman is a popular speaker, author and researcher and I was willing to drive across the state to listen to him talk. I didn’t know at the time, but Dr. Newman would save my life (or at least my nipples) in a few short weeks.
By Karen Williamson, CLEC, Special Milkies Contributor