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best for your baby. Breastfeeding has significant benefits for both mom and her baby. Because breastfeeding has so many benefits,
women are encouraged to breastfeed where Zika Virus is found. Furthermore, the World Health Organization
recommends moms start to breastfeed their baby one hour after birth and
breastfeed at least six months. Mothers
who are infected with the Zika Virus during pregnancy, should be closely
monitored while breastfeeding. However,
current evidence suggests that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risk
of the Zika Virus through transmission o fbreast milk.
The World Health
Organization says that Zika Virus is a mosquito born virus transmitted by Aedes
Mosquitos and is known to circulate in Africa, America, Asia, Pacific and other
parts of the world. The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected
mosquito. Mosquitos become infected when
they feed off of one person who is all ready infected by the virus. Infected mosquitos can spread the virus
through bites. Additionally, health experts believe that you can catch the Zika
Virus by having unprotected sex with an infected person. Furthermore, doctors are not sure how long
the virus stays in the body. Once you get the Zika Virus, you are immuned for
The World Health Organization and the Center
For Disease Control has linked the Zika Virus to pregnant women and Microcephaly,
a birth defect where the baby’s head is smaller then normal. Therefore, pregnant women should be careful
traveling abroad. Breastfeeding women
should also be careful too. Additionally, the World Health Organization has
said that congress has given billions of dollars to help fight the Zika Virus.
It is safe to use
insect repellent while pregnant or breastfeeding. Women should try to protect themselves by
wearing long sleeve clothing and long pants, use repellent, not travel too much
while pregnant or breastfeeding and do not staying out for long periods of time
where there are mosquitos.
In conclusion, protect yourself by listening
to the advice of your healthcare professional while pregnant or breastfeeding. Zika Virus is so new that further research
needs to be done as far as the transmissibility of Zika Virus in breast
milk. To date, there are no known documented
cases of the Zika Virus being transmitted through the mom breastfeeding her
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best for your baby. It should be
enjoyable for both mom and baby.
However, some women suffer from vasospasm, which may cause pain. Vasospasm is the sudden constriction or
narrowing of blood vessels. In
breastfeeding women, vasospasm occurs when blood vessels tighten up and go into
spasm, therefore, the blood does not flow to the nipple. This can happen during, between or after
occur in nipples. It can be triggered by
a shallow latch. It is connected to
Raynauds Phenomenon. Raynauds Phenomenon
can cause the nipples to turn white and return back to its color as the blood
flow returns. As the baby compresses the
nipple, it may cause the mom to feel sharp pain, burining or tingling
sensations in her nipples. This pain can
vary from mild discomfort to severe pain.
is a disorder of the tiny blood vessels of the extremities which reduce blood
flow. The pain can cause numbness,
throbbing and tingling sensations in the fingers, toes etc…. Mom’s who suffer from Raynauds Phenonmenon,
are at a higher risk of experiencing nipple vasospasm.
How do you avoid
vasospasm symptoms? Get help with
positioning the baby on your breast. If
needed, make an appointment with a Lactation Consultant. Keep yourself warm and use a heating pad on your
nipples if needed. Use a cloth in
between the heating pad and your nipple for a few minutes at a time. Avoid cigarette smoking,caffeine, alcohol or
medications that promote vasoconstrictions.
healthcare provider for advice if your pain continues. They will help you solve your problems. They may recommend ibuprofen, supplementing
with calcium/magnesium, Vitamin B complex, fish oil or even low doses of
Adalat, Nifedifine. Calcium/ magnesium
relaxes the blood vessels and fish oil
improves blood vessel relaxation. Adalat,
Nifedipine is used to treat painful nipple vasospasm. It is a calcium channel blocker drug that
relaxes, widens blood vessels veins and arteries. It is taken orally. There are side effects so always ask your
healthcare provider before taking this drug while breastfeeding.
identify and fix the causes of your pain, such as fixing your poor latch etc… Use a warm compress on your nipples when
needed. A warm compress is effective at
stopping the vasospasm and treating the pain. Consult your healthcare provider
if pain persists. I wish all of you good
luck breastfeeding your beautiful baby.
I hope you cherish this breastfeeding journey.
best for your baby. It protects both mom
and baby from a variety of health problems.
Some women breastfeeding for six months, one year or even two. While other women stop because they are
overcome by obstacles that interfere with their ability to breastfeed. By seeking a professional Lactation
Consultant, such as myself, you can succeed with breastfeeding and experience a
joyful journey with your beautiful new baby.
I often tell my
patients, my new moms, that practice makes perfect. It takes time for your baby to establish good
breastfeeding patterns and for you to get to know your baby.
So why do women
give up? There are many reasons to stop
breastfeeding. Some women feel they have
an inadequate milk production. New moms
have to learn how often to breastfeed their baby. Some new moms resort to using formula to
substitute meals. Some women experience
pain in their nipples because they have a poor latch. This is the second most common reason a women
stops to breastfeed early on. The cause
of nipple pain can be: nipple injury by
your baby or breast pump, engorgement which is when the breasts are too full
and your baby is having a hard time latching on, a plugged duct, nipple or
breast infections because your nipples are cracked or bleeding or you have
Mastitis or you are dealing with excessive milk supply. Use hot and cold compresses to help with pain
and swelling. Pump if nipple pain is not
allowing you to breastfeed. If you have
symptoms of Mastitis, fever breast pain etc… Call your doctor to prescribe you
antibiotics. It will not go away on its
Check and see if
your baby has a tongue tie, Ankyloglossia.
Sometimes a tongue tie can contribute to an uncoordinated suck and latch,
where a baby is not moving its tongue properly in a correct rhythm to extract
milk and mom’s nipple get really sore.
You can consult with your pediatrician, who can recommend you to a
specialist if needed to check and see if your baby has a tongue tie.
work with a Lactation Consultant to make sure your baby is getting enough breast
milk. Count how many wet diapers and
stools your baby has daily. Make sure
your baby is gaining weight. Allowing a
healthcare specialist, Lactation Consultant to observe your breastfeeding
session. Learning how to latch your baby
on correctly is important. I wish all of
you luck and hope you truly enjoy your breastfeeding journey with your
beautiful new baby.
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Genetic disorders are common in various
ethnic racial and geographical groups. In
fact breast cancer is slightly higher among Ashkenazi Jews then other women. There seems to be a higher incidence of BRCA1
and BRCA2 gene mutation in Jewish women of Eastern descent, Jews who have come
from Germany, Poland and Russia. These
women have an increased susceptibility to breast cancer. Furthermore, genes are inherited from our biological
moms and dads.
been hard at work trying to help specific cultures understand why they are more
likely to develop breast cancer. Many
groups have been trying to understand why some cultures have a higher tendency
to develop breast cancer, including the group responsible for the coding of the human genome. This has led to new technology, which has developed
over the past decades, allowing us to link racial and ethnic groups to specific
Kettering Cancer Center in New York is the worlds oldest and largest private
institution devoted to the prevention, patient care, research and education in
cancer. They have done numerous studies showing that is Ashkenazi women have a
mutant BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, they face an 80-90% chance of getting breast cancer
in their lifetime. However, hereditary
cancer only account for 5-10% of all cancers.
is now available for both BRCA1 and for BRCA2 gene mutations. A good genetic counselor can help you decide
whether these tests are right for you.
They will sit down and discuss whether testing is right for you and your
If you have been
diagnosed with breast cancer, become informed about your diagnosis and
treatment and what the future holds for you.
Find others who are going through what you are going through because a
support group helps you get through this hard time in your life.
In conclusion, Ashkenazi Jewish Women have an
inherited genetic mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer in Jewish
Women of Eastern European Descent.
Ashkenazi Jews represent a genetically unique population. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are higher in
Ashkenazi Jews, reinforcing the fact that this is a genetically unique group of
people. The best thing any women can do
is to have your yearly mammograms and ask your health care provider questions
about your health. Staying knowledgeable
and informed is a great way to stay ahead of breast cancer, so you can catch it
early and prevent it from spreading any further, throughout your body. Please take care of your health.
A good site on genetic diseases for the Ashkenazi Jewish population.
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best for your baby. Breastfeeding is
particularly important for babies who are born premature, especially after their
mom has experienced hypertensive diseases in their pregnancies, HDP. In fact ,some women who are diagnosed with
preeclampsia will develop HELLP Syndrome.
Preeclmpsia happens when a women is pregnant and her blood pressure
rises usually after her twentieth week .
HELLP Syndrome is a group of symptoms that occur in pregnant women. HELLP Syndrome was named by Dr. Louis
Weinstein. It stands for H, hemolysis,
which is the breaking down of red blood cells, EL, which stands for elevated
liver enzymes and LP, low platelet count.
Some of the
symptoms of HELLP Syndrome are:
headache, nausea, vomiting, pain after eating, abdominal
or chest tenderness and upper right side pain, shoulder pain, bleeding, changes
in vision, swelling. You may have high
blood pressure or protein in the urine. See
your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms.
How can someone
prevent themselves from getting HELLP Syndrome.
Before getting pregnant, make sure you are healthy by eating properly,
getting enough rest and exercising daily.
During your pregnancy, make sure you go to regular prenatal visits. Inform you doctor of any family history with
HELLP Syndrome. Understand the warning
signs and contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of these
The severity of
HELLP Syndrome is classified into 3 categories.
Class 1 is severe. Class 2 is
moderate and Class 3 is mild thrombocytopenia, platelet count in your body. It is severe if your platelet count is under
50,000/mm3, moderate if your platelet count is 50,000 and 100,000/mm3 and mild
if your platelet count is 100,000 and 150,000/mm3.
HELLP Syndrome are: a blood transfusion
if bleeding problems continue.
Corticosteroid medicines help the baby’s lung develop faster, medicines
treat high blood pressure, magnesium sulfate infusion to prevent seizures.
conclusion, the prognosis for HELLP
Syndrome is good as long as you are diagnosed early. If HELLP Syndrome is undiagnosed or untreated,
it can result in life threatening complications for both mom and baby. Therefore, make sure you have regular
prenatal check ups. Encouraging and
supporting new moms to breastfeed is so important, so we can improve the
physical and mental development of preemie babies. Enjoy your time with your baby and enjoy your
journey of breastfeeding your baby.
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is best for your baby. The American
Academy Of Pediatrics recommends moms to breastfeed for at least a year. However, if you cannot breastfeed for the
first year at least the first six months are especially crucial to
breastfeed. At this point, most babies
only breastfeed exclusively and do not get solids. Therefore, all the nutrients come from your
contains all the right nutrients your baby needs. It helps protect your baby from many
illnesses. Furthermore, it is beneficial
to your baby’s health, protecting his digestive system, preventing ear
infections, less diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. Since you the mom are supplying your baby
with breast milk, it is very important for you to eat a well balanced and
nutritious diet, filled with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, foods
filled with iron, calcium and all the other essential vitamins and minerals and
not too much sugar.
Eating too much
fatty, high sugary snacks is not good for your baby. Your breast milk provides good carbohydrates,
proteins and fats needed to nourish your baby.
Higher calorie foods is not good for your or your baby. Remember what you eat goes through your body
and your breast milk.
contains less sugar. In fact, babies who
breastfeed, are less likely to get tooth decay.
Naturally occuring antibodies found in breast milk, stop the growth of
bacteria in your baby’s mouth.
Therefore, breastfeeding is such a healthy choice for your baby.
If your baby is fussy, has green poop, you
may be giving the baby too much of your foremilk, the breast milk that babies
drink in the first few minutes of breastfeeding. The foremilk contains lots of sugars and can
irritate a baby’s stomach. Pump off the
foremilk for a few minutes and then breastfeed your baby. Mix this milk with other breast milk that you
have pumped the same day. I hate to tell you to throw this milk away. By giving your baby the hind milk, the milk
that comes after the first few minutes of sucking, you are giving the baby less
sugar, allowing the baby to feel better.
breast milk is known to provide the best vitamins for your newborn baby. It holds many magical components, protecting
your baby from many harmful illnesses. I
am so proud of every new mom that attempts to breastfeed. I know it is a very hard thing to do sometimes because I have
breastfed many children. Relax and enjoy
your baby. It is such a blessed and
special time for you both.
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Breastfeeding And Family Planning Facts
The following types of birth control are safe and will not
affect your milk supply.
Amenorrhea Method-LAM To use this
method, you must be exclusively breastfeeding your baby. Your baby has to be less then six months
old. You need to breastfeed your baby at
least every 4 hours and 6 at night. You
have not started your period yet. This
method is 98% effective.
This method also helps prevents transferring sexually transmitted infections,
3. Diaphragm/Cervical Cap-This is a small
rubber device that women put into their vagina, birth canal and place over
their cervix. These devices block sperm
and help prevent pregnancy.
4. Sterilization, Vastectomy or Tubal Ligation- This is a surgery that is permanent to stop a
women from getting pregnant.
5. Natural Family Planning- This is a method to avoid pregnancies by
observing the natural rhythm of your body and knowing the signs and symptoms of
the fertile and infertile phases of your menstraul cycle.
6. Spermicides- This method kills and disables sperm so that
it cannot cause pregnancy. It can be in
a foam, gel, creme, suppossitory or sponge method.
7. The Sponge-It is made out of plastic foam
and contains spermicide. It is a vaginal
barrier method to prevent pregnancy.
8. Copper Intrauterine Device(IUD)- This is a small device, a T shaped device
that is placed into the uterus by a trained healthcare provider. It provides continuous and highly effective
These birth control methods should not be started sooner
then six weeks after delivery. Talk to
your OB/GYN about these methods to see what is best for you.
1. Depo Provera-
This is a birth control shot which is an injection of a hormone that
lasts 3 months and prevents pregnancy.
Mini Pill- This does not contain
Estrogen. The Progestin is lower. The mini pill thickens cervical mucus and
thins the lining of the uterus preventing sperm from reaching the egg.
3. Mirena IUD- This is 99% effective in
preventing pregnancy. A healthcare
provider places it into your uterus. It
is a hormonal IUD.
4. Single Rod Inplant- A match stick sized rod inserted into your
arm to prevent pregnancy.
The following is not recommended while breastfeeding. These birth controls have the hormones
Progestin and Estrogen in them therefore, this may keep your breast milk from
coming in or stop it all together.
Therefore, they are not recommended for most women to breastfeed.
1. The Ring-
This is inserted into the vagina where it slowly releases hortmones
through vaginal wall into the blood stream to prevent pregnancy.
2. The Patch- This is a thin, plastic patch that sticks to
3. The Pill, a birth control pill with Progestin
and Estrogen- This pill contains
hormones to changethe way the body works to prevent pregnancy.
4. Emergency Contraceptive Pill- This is a way to prevent pregnancy after
unprotected intercourse, commonly known as the after morning pill.
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Breastmilk is the best nutrition you can give
your baby. In fact, breastfeeding gives
you the power to protect your baby from many illnesses. However, sometimes new moms need to start off
by hand expressing their breast milk for various reasons.
There are many
reasons why new moms should learn to manually express their own breastmilk.
Hand expression can give you as much breastmilk as a manual or electric breast
pump. It takes a bit of practice
however, you will get a good amount of breastmilk. If your breasts are too full, you can hand
express some out and then allow the baby to latch on. Some moms find hand expressing easy while
others find it more challenging.
There are many benefits for a breastfeeding
mom to know how to hand express your own breastmilk. You can hand express when you feel: baby is too tired, feel engorged, have
Mastitis or many clogged milk ducts. Find a comfortable place to sit to hand
express your breastmilk. Start off by washing
your hands . Find a container that is
sterile to catch your breastmilk.
Massage your breast by stroking downwards toward the nipple. Support your breast from underneath. Press your thumb and finger towards your
chest. Space your fingers under your breast
making a big C shape around your breast, about an inch behind the nipple. Roll your thumb and fingers towards the
nipple to drain your breastmilk. Do this a few times. Squeeze then release. Keep the rhythm going. You can try to squeeze your breasts in different
directions. Experiment seeing where to squeeze and how much milk comes out. By
squeezing you breasts, you are stimulating your milk ejection reflex, releasing
the hormone Oxytocin. Once you finish
expressing, you can give the baby the breast milk or save it for another time, putting
your breast milk in the refrigerator or freezer.
When babies end
up in the NICU, some moms choose to hand express their breastmilk. Try to sit near your baby because the baby
stimulates your hormones that help with milk production. Some babies are too tired at first therefore,
hand expression your first milk, Colostrum makes sense. Additionally, what may seem like a small
amount of breastmilk is liquid gold for your baby, packed with lots and lots of
nutrients. A nurse or Lactation
Consultant can help you learn the technique of finger feeding so you can do this
in the hospital and even at home.
when hand expressing, remember practice makes perfect. Have patience and slowly you will learn the
technique of hand expressing. Good luck
and I hope it all worked out for you.
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Breastfeeding is best for your baby. Sometimes, a mom needs to travel with her baby while she is breastfeeding. It can get very tricky if you are breastfeeding and flying. If a mom needs to travel without her baby, that can get even harder. In fact, pumping and storing are real important while traveling. Therefore, traveling while breastfeeding should be well planned out.
Call your airline company before you travel. Ask them about regulations about traveling with a baby. The Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, recommends that babies under 40 pounds, be secured in a car seat. However, it is not mandatory.
Breastfeeding on an airplane can be done. Make a list of what you need to bring. Try to board early, so you can get situated where you will sit on the plane etc...
I liked to breastfeed and sit in a window seat. I used something to put over me while I breastfed. I know that other moms prefer an aisle seat, so they can get up and down more easily.
Here are a few tips that I recommend: Wear loose clothing so you can easily pull it up to breastfeed your baby. Make sure to drink plenty of water and liquids while flying. Wash you hands before and after you breastfeed. Be prepared to have some expressed breast milk available in case you need it. Change your baby's diaper before the flight.
Breast milk falls into the same category as liquid medications. Tell the security officer at the counter that you have pumped breast milk.
Some moms find it beneficial to breastfeed while taking off and landing. This helps the baby's ear get unplugged and can ease the pressure in their ears.
Bring extra spare parts for your pump. Sterilize them before bringing them with you. Keep them in a sealed bag.
Make sure that anywhere you travel, your baby is caught up with their immunizations. Don't let too many people touch your baby unless they have washed their hands.
A sling or soft baby carrier is helpful when you travel. Try to book a flight when less people are on. Off peak hours is a good choice if possible. Help your baby out if your baby is crying inconsolably. Get up and walk to the back of the plane to help soothe the baby if necessary so the baby crying will not disturb too many people.
If a mom has to go on a business trip and cannot bring her baby, try to pump on a schedule that is similar to your baby's feeding schedule as possible. Put the milk in a cooler immediately and refrigerate when you get to a hotel.
In conclusion, be prepared before you travel. If you stay organized, your trip will be more fun. Breastfeeding a baby on a plane is possible. Taking a business trip while breastfeeding can happen, as long as you are organized. Enjoy and have a safe flight.
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There are so many cancers in the world. It is so frightening when one is diagnosed with cancer. That is why it is important for every women to help yourself. Helping yourself means getting mammograms when needed and recommended. Early detection saves lives.
We have come a long way learning the signs and getting early detected to help cure this cancer and live a long life. Breast cancer is most treated before it spreads and advances. Simple changes in you life can help. Eating fiber and antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables are important in your daily diet. Maintaining a healthy weight helps. Try to limit your alcohol consumption. Don't smoke or if you do stop. Try to get at least 30 to 45 minutes of daily physical activities. Do regular breast exams in your twenty's and thirty's. Get annual mammograms as recommended by your doctor. Some recommend you starting in your mid 30's. Though it is less common, 1% of breast cancer are seen in men.
Family history plays a big part of when a women should begin so discuss this with your doctor. Because of your family history, a genetic tendency or certain other factors, you may need additional testing such as an MRI, Talk with your doctor to see what is the best course of action for you.
Other things that influence getting breast cancer are: using menopausal hormones. This is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer. The FDA recommends using medications at a low dose as possible for a short period of time possible because of this association to breast cancer. Data also shows that women benefit to having children in their 30's or younger. Some studies have shown breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
The Komen Organization urges women to watch out for these eight warning signs of breast cancer:
1. A lump or hard knot thickening in the breast or under your arm area.
2. Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
3. Change in size or shape of your breast
4. Dimpling or puckering of the skin.
5. Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple.
6. Pulling in of the nipple or other part of the breast.
7. Nipple discharge that starts suddenly.
8. New pain in one spot that does not go away.
We have come a long way helping fight breast cancer. There are trials going on to find a vaccine. We are improving ways to assess risk in young girls with family history. There are many groups designing weight loss programs. There are new survivor groups so you can share your story and inspire others. Many other trials are happening today. Evelyn H. Lauder helped establish The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing the world's most promising research to help eradicate breast cancer.
In conclusion, maintaining a healthy weight throughout your lifetime is something that you can control. Try to exercise daily. Eat a healthy diet filled with lots of fruits and vegetables. Get regular mammograms. Check your breast by doing your own exam to see if you feel any lumps. Report any changes to your doctor. Hopefully in our lifetime, we can see a cure for Breast Cancer. Together lets defeat Breast Cancer. To all the women fighting Breast Cancer, remember to take it one step and day at a time.
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Breast Cancer Support Groups
National Cancer Institute- 1-800-422-6237
MD Anderson Cancer Center- 1-855-302-5821
Susan G.Komen 1-855-276-9813