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best for your baby. It provides all the
nutrition and vitamins your baby needs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should be
breastfed for the first 6 months of life and continue to be breastfeed, along
with solid foods to 12 months.
Breast milk is the only food your newborn
needs. However, by age 4 to 6 months,
most babies are ready to begin to eat solid foods. Exclusive breastfeeding seems to really
smooth out the transition to solid foods says Amanda Thompson, an associate
professor in the anthropology department of the University of North Carolina. In fact, breastfeeding may prepare your baby’s
intestines to handle the introduction of solid foods.
A baby’s diet of
breast milk has a profound and amazing influence on the composition, diversity
and stability of their gut microbiome.
The gut microbiome are microorganisms, living organisms such as
bacteria, fungi or viruses that reside in many places in our body. Gut microbiomes play a major role in helping
us digest our food properly. It also
helps fights pathogens, which are organisms that cause a disease in another
organism of our body. All these factors influence the baby’s ability to transition
from breast milk to solid foods.
Solid foods are
meant to compliment your baby’s overall nutrition, not replace
breastfeeding. You should continue to
breastfeed your baby as usual. Then
start with iron fortified cereal or pureed vegetables and fruits. Ask your pediatrician what is right for your
baby before starting solid foods. Most
babies start with one or two teaspoons of iron fortified baby cereal or pureed
vegetables or fruits. You can put your
own breast milk in the cereal that you give your baby. Every baby is different. Watch for certain signs, and developmental
cues that will help you know when your baby is ready for food.
Babies need solid
foods to help them learn to chew.
Additionally, by introducing foods to your baby, you are helping your
baby accept different tastes of foods, develop skills to eventually feed
themselves and be a part of your family, sharing meal times together. By giving your baby one kind of food at a
time, you will be able to tell which food caused an allergic reaction, if one
breast milk is the best food for most babies for the first year of life. Breastfeeding helps babies prepare their stomachs
for digestion of solid foods. Discuss
with your pediatrician, when the right time is for your baby to begin solid
foods. Good luck. I hope this transition of adding solid foods to
your baby’s diet goes smoothly.
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A nipple shield
is a device that a mother places on her nipple, areolar surface prior to
nursing her baby. It is used to help
latch the baby onto her breast. It
covers all or part of her areola, the pigmented area around the nipple. It is a tool many breastfeeding moms
love. Furthermore, over the years
mothers have heard conflicting advice about nipple shields. If you need to use
it, your milk flows right through the holes in its tip. You should use it. As an International Board Certified Lactation
Consultant, I recommend a nipple shield for various reasons. Of course, I try very hard not to use it
because then you need to wean your baby off.
Let’s talk about reasons why a mom may need one.
are thin, silicone, nipple cover. I like the one that is only half shape, not
totally circular, which many hospitals give out. This nipple shield shape does not flap on the
baby’s face while breastfeeding. The baby can breathe better. I call them, “the half moon,” nipple shield.
They are used to help a baby latch onto the breast. Nipple shields are used for many
reasons. One is for moms who have flat
or inverted nipples, in order to make it easier for a baby to latch on.
are also used for moms who have cracked nipple, sore or bleeding, to protect
damaged nipples while they heal. (If your nipples are really bad and bleeding,
I tell my patients to pump one or two sessions to let the nipples heal.) This way mom will avoid interrupting breastfeeding.
The nipple shield is also used to transition a
baby back to breastfeeding after using a bottle. Nipple shields help moms who are suffering
from engorgement temporarily help latch their baby on until the engorgement
goes away. They help babies who suffer
from a tongue tie latch on better. Nipple
shields also help a premature baby transfer milk better, helping the baby with
a disorganized suck.
Studies have been
done on preemies who need to use a nipple shield. Rinse the nipple shield with
warm water so it will be a little more flexible for you baby especially a
preemie. The premature baby may have a tendency to fall asleep faster at the
breast, therefore, a shield will help the baby suck more efficiently. In fact, the baby has a short ineffective
burst of sucking, and has trouble maintaining longer bursts of sucking. With the shield, you give a preemie a firmer
surface to grasp and hold in their baby’s mouth, so your baby will suck better
and longer therefore, transferring more breast milk.
Anytime a nipple
shield is used, the baby’s urine and stool input should be checked. Additionally, the baby’s weight gain should
be closely monitored.
Some mothers have
heard and are concerned that nipple shields can cause a significant reduction
in the amount the milk that the baby receives from the breast, resulting in a
drop of milk production and lowered birth weight. Actually, in some cases, nipple shields
actually increase milk intake. It is
better to use the shield so you and your baby experience a positive feeling
while breastfeeding rather than having a negative one because you are
struggling so badly.
Some moms are
worried that with a shield, the baby is not getting enough to eat. A mother does not have to pump after she
feeds her baby with a shield if the baby shows signs of active sucking,
satisfaction after feeding, and has a normal urine and stool output. Some of my patients buy an inexpensive scale
to weigh their baby before and after feeding, to know the baby’s intake per
meal. You can also monitor your baby’s
Wean the baby
from the nipple shield by gradually starting the baby with the shield then
slipping it off towards the end on the breastfeeding session, while the baby is
sucking and swallowing well. Use the
shield for a couple of minutes, take it off and on and eventually wean your
baby off. Baby’s readiness to wean off
the shield is just as important as the mom’s readiness. I have helped many moms with this
process. It takes time and
patience. It may take a few days.
In conclusion, try your best not to use the nipple
shield. However, if you have to use it,
do it wisely and with the guidance of a professional, such as a Lactation
Consultant. Use it to preserve breastfeeding
and increase your baby’s effectiveness on your breast. Then, slowly take it off. Use it to protect your bleeding nipples
temporarily. Anytime the nipple shield
is used, the baby’s urine and stool output should be checked as well as the
baby’s weight gain. I am so proud of
every mom that attempts to breastfeed your baby. Keep up the good world. You are all doing an amazing job.
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Breast milk is best for all children. It has many beneficial components to it. It has many natural protective ingredients
too. In fact, breastfed children are
less likely to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, later in
life. Additionally, breastfeeding may
lower the risk of ADHD.
What is Attention, Deficit, Hyperactivity
Disorder, ADHD? Web MD says that ADHD is
the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and
unable to control their impulses. They
may have trouble paying attention. Their
behavior may interfere with their school work and home life. ADHD is usually discovered in the early
school years. Children can be greatly
helped with proper treatment such as medicine, therapy and a good educational
plan. This will help manage their
Breast milk contains nutritious ingredients
for your baby’s body. “As we know that breastfeeding has numerous other
biological advantages, we suggest that prevention at least partial, of ADHD may
be added to this list,” said Dr. Aviva Mimouni- Bloch, head of pediatric
neurology and development unit at Lowenstein Hospital Rehab Center and
professor of medicine at Tel Aviv University.
She continues by saying that breastfeeding has a positive impact in
child development and health, including protection again illnesses.
Ruth Lawrence, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding
Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School
of Medicine, said: "Breastfeeding has been shown to have a
positive impact on child development, good health, and protection against
illness. Now, another possible benefit of breastfeeding for three months and
especially six months or longer has been identified. This study opens another
avenue of investigation in the prevention of ADHD."
Dr. Andrew Gerber, an assistant professor
of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University commented how breastfeeding and
bonding with your baby and can have an important implication on development,
both intellectually and emotionally for your child.
In conclusion, new moms are always
encouraged to breastfeed. It provides
optimal nutrition for the newborns.
Breast milk is easily digested and contains hormones and antibodies that
help protect against illness. Breastfeeding can protect against ADHD. I am so proud of all new moms that attempt to
breastfeed. Keep up the good work and
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Sage Tea has been associated with potent
healing powers. In fact, there are many
species of sage, which is part of the mint family. It can be used
for many reasons. It is the best herb
used to decrease breast milk production. However, Sage Tea has to be used
If you have any questions or concerns about
Sage Tea, Please contact the Infant Risk Center at 1-806-352-2519.
Sage Tea should not be used in large
quantities because it can be toxic
in large amounts. But to be safe, it is always best to ask your doctor before using
Sage Tea can be purchased from a health
food store or you can make some from powdered sage. You can use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of powdered
sage in 1 cup of hot water, three times a day for 1-3 days.
When you make a decision to stop breastfeeding,
your breast will continue to produce milk for a while. You may feel engorged. Your level of prolactin hormones may
decrease. Prolactin is one of your milk
production hormones. You can apply ice
to help with breast pain for 10 to 20 minutes when you are trying to wean your
baby. Additionally, take Tylenol
(Acetaminophen) or Advil (Ibuprofen) as directed for discomfort. Don’t wear tight clothes or bind your breasts
during weaning. It may cause plugged
ducts or Mastitis. Wear a good
supportive bra and drink plenty of fluids.
By slowly expressing less often, your milk will decrease without causing
much physical problems. Weaning usually
takes 2-3 weeks.
breastfeeding quickly. Start by cutting
out a feeding session and replacing it with a bottle of expressed milk or
formula or use a sippy cup. This will
help the breast tissue to gradually adjust so you won’t get engorged. I spoke
the other day to a company, Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics, who puts out a
fabulous product for this reason Organic No More Milk Tea. It is ruby red, mint, refreshing and
delicious, USDA Certified 100% Organic, Certtified Kosher and Non GMO. It is a blend of herbs traditionally used to
naturally reduce the production of breast milk.
They suggest drinking up to three cups a day. They also told me that many moms buy this
product, unfortunately, when they have had a miscarriage and want their milk
production to decrease and stop.
Therefore, I highly recommend this product.
In conclusion, if
gradual process of weaning is right for you, do it slowly and safely. Contact your doctor before choosing to use
Sage Tea. Best of luck to all of you on
your breastfeeding and weaning journey.
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Many states have now enacted laws to protect the right of a new mom, so she can breastfeed in public. In fact, a mother is entitled to breastfeed her baby in many places. Here is a list below by state. Breastfeeding your baby in public should be a time of relaxation and bonding for the two of you.
State Breastfeeding Laws
- Forty-nine states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location. (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.)
- Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands exempt breastfeeding from public indecency laws. (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.)
- Twenty-seven states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have laws related to breastfeeding in the workplace. (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.)
- Seventeen states and Puerto Rico exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty or allow jury service to be postponed. (California, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia.)
- Five states and Puerto Rico have implemented or encouraged the development of a breastfeeding awareness education campaign. (California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Vermont.)
Several states have unique laws related to breastfeeding. For instance,
- Puerto Rico requires shopping malls, airports, public service government centers and other select locations to have accessible areas designed for breastfeeding and diaper changing that are not bathrooms. Louisiana's law requires state building to provide suitable areas for breastfeeding and lactation.
- At least three states have laws related to child care facilities and breastfeeding. Louisiana prohibits any child care facility from discriminating against breastfed babies. Mississippi requires licensed child care facilities to provide breastfeeding mothers with a sanitary place that is not a toilet stall to breastfeed their children or express milk, to provide a refrigerator to store expressed milk, to train staff in the safe and proper storage and handling of human milk, and to display breastfeeding promotion information to the clients of the facility. Maryland requires child care centers to promote proper nutrition and developmentally appropriate practices by establishing training and policies promoting breastfeeding.
- Maryland exempts the sale of tangible personal property that is manufactured for the purpose of initiating, supporting or sustaining breastfeeding from the sales and use tax. Louisiana prohibits state sales or use tax from being applied to any consumer purchases of breastfeeding items.
- California, Louisiana and Texas have laws related to the procurement, processing, distribution or use of human milk.
- New York created a Breastfeeding Mothers Bill of Rights, which is required to be posted in maternal health care facilities. New York also created a law that allows a child under one year of age to accompany the mother to a correctional facility if the mother is breastfeeding at the time she is committed.
Breastfeeding Laws By State:
Ala. Code § 22-1-13 (2006):
A mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present.Alaska
Alaska Stat. § 29.25.080:
A municipality may not enact an ordinance that prohibits or restricts a woman breast-feeding a child in a public or private location where the woman and child are otherwise authorized to be. Arizona
Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann § 41-1443 (2006):
A mother is entitled to breast-feed in any area of a public place or a place of public accommodation where the mother is otherwise lawfully present. Arkansas
Ark. Stat. Ann. § 20-27-2001 (2007): A woman may breastfeed a child in a public place or any place where other individuals are present.California
Cal. Civil Code § 43.3 (1997): Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, except the private home or residence of another, where the mother and the child are otherwise authorized to be present.Colorado
Colo. Rev. Stat. § 25-6-302 (2004): A mother may
breastfeed in any place she has a right to be.Connecticut
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46a-64: It shall be a discriminatory practice in violation of this section . . . for a place of public accommodation, resort or amusement to restrict or limit the right of a mother to breast-feed her child; and § 53-34b: No person may restrict or limit the right of a mother to breast-feed her child.Delaware
Del. Code Ann. tit. 31 § 310 (1997): Notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, a mother shall be entitled to breast-feed her child in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother is otherwise permitted.District of Columbia
D.C. Code Ann. § 2-1402.82(c)(1): A woman shall have the right to breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where she has the right to be with her child, without respect to whether the mother's breast or any part of it is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding of her child. Federal Law
Pub. L. No. 106-058, § 647: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breastfeed her child at any location in a Federal building or on Federal property, if the woman and her child are otherwise authorized to be present at the location.Florida
Fla. Stat. § 383.015(1) (1993): A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding.Georgia
Ga. Code § 31-1-9 (1999): [A] mother may breast-feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast-feeding.Hawaii
Hawaii Rev. Stat. § 489.21: It is a discriminatory practice to deny, or attempt to deny, the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodations to a woman because she is breastfeeding a child.Idaho
No state law specifically protects breastfeeding pairs. Illinois
Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 740 § 137 (2004): A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeeding; . . . a mother . . . in a place of worship shall comport her behavior with the norms appropriate in that place of worship.Indiana
Ind. Code § 16-35-6: Not with stanbding any other law, a women may breastfeed her child anywhere the woman has the right to be.
Iowa Code § 135.30A (2002): Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a woman may breast-feed the woman's own child in any public place where the woman's presence is otherwise authorized.Kansas
Kan. Stat. Ann. § 65-1,248(b): A mother may breastfeed in any place she has a right to be.Kentucky
Ky. Rev. Stat. § 211-755(1) (2006): Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, a mother may breast-feed her baby or express breast milk in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.Louisiana
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 51. 2247.1(B) (2001): Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a mother may breastfeed her baby in any place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement.Maine
Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 5, § 4634 (2001): Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breast-feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. Maryland
Md. Health-General Code Ann. § 20-801 (2003): (a) A mother may
breast-feed her child in any public or private location in which the mother and child are authorized to be. (b) A person may not restrict or limit the right of a mother to
breast-feed her child.Massachusetts
Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 111 § 221(a) (2008): A mother may breastfeed her child in any public place or establishment or place which is open to and accepts or solicits the patronage of the general public and where the mother and her child may otherwise lawfully be present.Michigan
Mich. Comp. Laws § 41.181, § 67.1aa & § 117.4i et seq. (1994): [Michigan law exempts breastfeeding from public indecency laws.] Minnesota
Minn. Stat. §145.905: A mother may breast-feed in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast-feeding.Mississippi
Miss. Code Ann. § 17-25-7 (2006): A mother may breast-feed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, without respect to whether the mother's breast or any part of it is covered during or incidental to the breast-feeding.Missouri
Mo. Rev. Stat. § 191.918 (1999): Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a mother may, with as much discretion as possible, breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.Montana
Mont. Code Ann. § 50-19-501 (1999): A mother has a right to breastfeed the mother's child in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present, irrespective of whether or not the mother's breast is covered during or incidental to the breastfeeding. Nebraska 2011 Neb. LawsLB, 197
: A mother may breastfeed her child in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.Nevada
Nev. Rev. Stat. § 201.232(2) (1995): Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breast feed her child in any public or private location where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding.New Hampshire
N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 132:10-d (1999): Breast-feeding a child does not constitute an act of indecent exposure and to restrict or limit the right of a mother to breast-feed her child is discriminatory.New Jersey
N.J. Rev. Stat. § 26:4B-4/5 (1997): Not with standing any provision of the law to the contrary, a mother shall be entitled to breastfeed her baby in any location of as place of public accomodation, resort or amusement where in the mother is other wise permitted.New Mexico
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 28-20-1 (1999): A mother may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present. New York
N.Y. Civil Rights Law § 79-e (1994): Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breast feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother's breast is covered during or incidental to the breast feeding.North Carolina
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-190.9 (1993): Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breast feed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother's breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding.North Dakota
N.D. Cent. Code § 23-12-16: If the woman acts in a discreet and modest manner, a woman may breastfeed her child in any location, public or private, where the woman and child are otherwise authorized to be.Ohio
Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3781.55 (2005): A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother otherwise is permitted.Oklahoma
Okla. Stat. tit. 63, § 1-234 (2004): The Legislature hereby declares that breast-feeding a baby constitutes a basic act of nurturing to which every baby has a right and which should be encouraged in the interests of maternal and child health. In furtherance of this right, a mother may breast-feed her baby in any location where the mother is otherwise authorized to beOregon
Or. Rev. Stat. § 109.001 (1999): A woman may breast-feed her child in a public place.Pennsylvania P.L. 90, No. 28, Cl. 35
(enacted July 8, 2007): The Freedom to Breastfeed Act permits a mother to nurse her child in public; and provides that breastfeeding may not be considered a nuisance, indecent exposure, sexual conduct or obscenity. Rhode Island
R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-13.5-1 (2008): A woman may feed her child by bottle or breast in any place open to the public. South Carolina
S.C. Code Ann. § 63-5-40(A) (2005): A woman may breastfeed her child in any location where the mother and her child are authorized to be.South Dakota
S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 22-22-24.1 and § 22-24A-2 (2002): [South Dakota law exempts breastfeeding from public indecency laws.]Tennessee
Tenn. Code Ann. § 68-58-101 et seq. (2006): A mother has a right to breastfeed her child who is twelve (12) months of age or younger in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be present. [Tennessee law exempts all breastfeeding, regardless of age, from public indecency laws.] Texas
Tex. Health Code Ann. § 165.002 (1995): A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.Utah
Utah Code Ann. § 17-15-25 (1995): The county legislative body may not prohibit a woman's breast feeding in any location where she otherwise may rightfully be, irrespective of whether the breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding.Vermont
Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 9, § 4502 (j) (2002): Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breastfeed her child in any place of public accommodation in which the mother and child would otherwise have a legal right to be.Virginia
Va. Code § 2.2-1147.1 (2002): Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a woman may breast-feed her child at any location where that woman would otherwise be allowed on property that is owned, leased or controlled by the Commonwealth as defined in § 2.2-1147.Washington
Wash. Rev. Code § 49.60.30(g) (2009): [It is t]he right of a mother to breastfeed her child in any place of public resort, accommodation, assemblage, or amusement.West Virginia
No state law specifically protects breastfeeding pairs. Wisconsin
Wis. Stat. § 253.16: A mother may breast−feed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. In such a location, no person may prohibit a mother from breast−feeding her child, direct a mother to move to a different location to breast−feed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breast−feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breast−feeding her child as provided in this section.Wyoming
Wyo. Stat. § 6-4-201 (2007): [Wyoming law exempts breastfeeding from public indecency laws.] Puerto Rico
23 P.R. Laws Ann. § 43-1 (4): [E]very breastfeeding mother has the right to nurse her children in any place of public access, whether or not in these places are areas designated for breastfeeding. U.S. Virgin Islands
14 V.I.C. § 1022(b): [U.S. Virgin Islands law exempts breastfeeding from public indecency laws.]
In Conclusion, be proud to breastfeed in public. Feel confident that you are doing the right thing for you and your baby. In you ever have a problem, contact your Labor Commissioner. File a complaint with your Department of Labor. There are now workplace pumping laws that give women the right to pump at work. Employers need to give you either a reasonable unpaid break time or you take it off during your break to pump. Your baby can be up to 3 years old.
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures and State Net.
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There are many
types of breast cancer. All breast
cancers start in the breast. They can be
invasive or non invasive. The tumor
cells vary in location in the breast.
Depending on what the doctor finds determine your treatment prognosis. Ductal
Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) is earliest and most treatable diagnosis of breast
cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 60,000 cases are diagnosed in
the United States each year.
There are two
types of Ductal Carcinoma. Ductal
Carcinoma In Situ is also referred to as Intraductal Carcinoma. Invasive Ductal Carcinoma is the second
type. It has uncontrolled growth of
cells within the breast ducts in situ, which means in its original place. Noninvasive means that it hasn’t made it to
the breast tissue outside the ducts. In the earliest stages, DCIS cancer cells
appear as areas of calcifications. It is
usually staged as Stage 0 breast cancer. Additionally, women who have the
presence of estrogen receptors, respond positively to hormone therapy. When caught early, there is a high cure rate.
plan is based on: your tumor location,
how big your tumor is, how aggressive the cancer cells look and your family
history of breast cancer. In fact, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network,
NCCN, recommends women who have a lumpectomy plus radiation therapy for
estrogen receptor (ER+) DCIS, consider taking Tomoxifen for five years.
If you have a
physical exam and mammogram and you have Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, more tests
will be done. It can be CT Scan, MRI,
PET Scan, bone scan or chart X-Ray.
Additionally, lymph nodes sampling may take place. Afterwards, the doctor will determine what
stage you are in and find the right treatment for you. Sometimes it can be surgery with chemotherapy
and/or Tomoxifen which will be the right choice for you. Together with your doctor, you will make the
I know having this diagnosis is hard because
I have dealt with cancer in my own family.
A wonderful nurse helped me get through this by saying one more treatment
day is over for my family member. My
world was turned upside down and the diagnosis of cancer changed the way I look
at life forever. It helped make it
through that very hard year. I now
cherish each and every moment I share with my loved ones. I don’t take things for granted and yes, I do
stop and smell the roses and appreciate life so much more.
In conclusion, treating cancer at an early stage can save lives. DCIS is often detected by a mammography. Early detection is greatly increased the
chances for successful treatment and outcome.
Ask your doctor how often you should have a Mammography. I believe every insurance plan now pays for
these at 100%, so there is no excuse why you shouldn’t have one when ever it is
recommended to you..
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY- 2015
You are all very much appreciated.
Becoming a mom is the most amazing feeling a woman can ever experience. In fact, the role of a mom is the most important job in the world. We love our children unconditionally. Moms have significant roles in their child's health. Eating healthy,not drinking alcohol etc... has an impact on your child's life during pregnancy. Additionally, breastfeeding your baby plays an important role on your child's health. Breastfeeding has so many nutritional factors that you are giving your baby the best nutritional start into life.
A mother's love for her child is priceless. A mother cares for her child daily. We need great understanding and patients to raise our children. Furthermore, we are our child's role model. Therefore, we help influence, mold and sculpture our children into who they are.
We take great pride in our child's accomplishments. We cheer them on when they reach a personal goals. We prepare healthy foods for them daily. We nurture them spiritually. We clean their injuries and make them feel better when they are sick. We nurse them back to help when major illnesses arise.
We instill courage and confidence in our children to accomplish anything they set their hearts and mind out to do. We teach our children to be kind to one another and do good deeds for others. We guide our kids with our words of wisdom daily. We help our children choose right from wrong. In other words,our children are the center of our world and universe, sheltering them from any harms way.
In conclusion, to every mom out there, you are doing the most important job there is. Your courage, strength and inspiration to your children, make you all heros in my eyes. Take care of yourself and do something nice today for yourself because you deserve it.
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Breast milk is
best for your child. However, if you
cannot breastfeed a baby for many medical and nutritional reasons and
conditions, consider donor milk. You are
doing an amazing thing by donating your breast milk to other babies. Donor
breast milk requires a prescription, stating that for medical reasons your baby
requires human milk. Furthermore, buying and selling breast milk carries undue
medical and ethical issues. In fact, there are ways to get milk from milk
banks safely and not through unsafe ways.
contains many antibodies needed for these sick babies. Donor milk banking is collected, screened,
processed and distributed to babies who need it the most. The Human Milk Banking Association of North
America, HMBANA, has specific guidelines for donating milk. There is a lengthy screening process. This was founded in 1985 for the United
States as well as Canada. Dr Lois D. W.
Arnold was founding member and served as Executive Director of the Human Milk
Banking Association of the North America, for many years. She was also one of my college professors at
The Union Institute and University, where I received my Bachelor Degree in
Maternal and Child Health/ Lactation.
At the HMBANA
milk bank, milk is processed carefully and in a sterile way. This organization make it safe for
recipients. Donors get sterile
containers and are told how to express their breast milk. The milk is pasteurized to help kill bacteria
and viruses. This breast milk is tested
for bacterial growth. It is kept frozen until
So, who can
donate breast milk? Moms who are: healthy, don’t abuse alcohol, tobacco,
illegal drugs, moms who haven’t had an organ transplant in one year, moms who
haven’t had a blood transfusion in four months, moms who have not tested
positive for HIV,HTLV, Hep. B and C or syphilis, moms who do not have partners
who have HIV, moms who are vegetarians need to supplement their diets with
Vitamin B 12 if they want to donate milk.
You can donate
breast milk to HMBANA. Just because your
state doesn’t have a place to donate milk, you can donate to the out of town
facility of HMBANA. Call the birthing
place, hospital or doctor’s office and ask them where you can donate your
Here is a list of
place of HMBANA Milk Banks:
British Columbia, Vancouver 604-875-2282
Toronto, Ontario 416-586-4800 ex 3053
San Jose, California 877-375-6645
Indianpolis, Indiana 877-829-7470
Kansas City, Mo 816-932-4888
Missouri, Montana 406-531-6789
Newton Upper Falls, Ma
Raleigh, North Carolia 919-350-8599
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 405-297-LOVE
Portlan, Oregon 503-469-0955
Fort Worth, Texas
Norfolk, Virginia 757-668-6455
These States Are Developing Milk Banks:
Salt Lake City, Ut.
Charleston, South Carolina
Ardlsey on Hudson, New York
Rogers, MN 7 63-486-8123
This is a list of places to call and drop off your donor
breast milk in the Houston, Texas Area, where I have a private practice in Lactation Consultation.
The Women’s Hospital
7600 Fannin Houston, TX 77054 713-383-2895
Southwest WIC Center 6400 High Sta rHouston, TX 77074 832.393.5427
The Woman's Place of Sugar Land 16552 A Southwest
Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-242-0767
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center 10655 Steepletop Drive
Houston, TX 77065281-897-3334
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital Lactation Center and
Retail Shop 9250 Pinecroft
The Woodlands, TX 77380713-897-5832
Memorial Hermann Katy23900 Katy Freeway Katy, TX 77493281-644-7345
Clear Lake Regional Medical Center 500 Medical Center Blvd Webster,
TX 77598 281-338-3398
Kingwood Medical Center22999 US Hwy 59N Kingwood, Texas
Texas Lactation Consultants, Inc. 1533 1/2 Heights Blvd
Houston, TX 77008 713-884-6204
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital 929 Gessner Rd.
Houston, Texas 77024713-242-4437
In conclusion, if
you want to share your breast milk with others, donate to the HMBANA,
hmbana.org. You and your breast milk
will be screened to ensure safe sharing.
This will give you a peace of mind needed to ensure the health of your
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There have been numerous studies
done to show that mom and baby should be skin to skin, the baby naked on mom's
chest right after delivery. This allows the baby to be colonized by mom's
bacteria, as stated by Dr Jack Newman. Skin to skin also helps regulate
the baby's temperature, keep the baby calm and not crying, as well as regulates
the baby's sugar levels. Fathers can also do skin to skin with their
baby. You can hold your baby for as long as you want doing skin to
Skin to skin is important
immediately after birth, during the first hour after delivery. As I have
seen, the baby starts to search for the breast nipple to begin breastfeeding.
Skin to skin after Cesarean section can also be done. When a premature
baby is stabilized and doesn't have respiratory problems, skin to skin contact
can actually help speed up recovery and help with oxygen flow and breathing.
It helps the baby sleep better and aid with digestion.Furthermore, the
baby hears moms heartbeat and feels comforted and warm. Skin to skin helps with
the baby's immune system. Skin to skin helps moms recovery faster. She
feels so good to have her baby near her therefore, she feels less depressed.
There have been many
stories around the world where parents were told their baby was not going to
live. When placed on their mom skin to skin, their baby started to revive
itself and come back to life. Skin to skin helps release mom's oxytocin
hormone, which affects many areas of the baby's brain. The baby feels and
senses mom's presence. This can make a baby's heart rate stronger.
Therefore, they breathe better. Ruth Lawrence said that Kangaroo
Care or skin to skin originally was introduced in 1979, in a hospital in
Bogota, Columbia. There was a shortage of incubators, high death rates
from infection and abandonment of premature infants by the mom. Skin to
skin helped many of these babies recovery and go on to lead good lives.
My own daughter just had a baby this week and this was the first thing I
recommended to her,to hold her baby skin to skin.
In conclusion,skin to skin
regulates the baby's temperature, breathing, heart rate and sugar levels.
The first hour outside the womb is such a special time for mom and
her baby. In fact, skin to skin is important to do this first hour after
delivery. Skin to skin makes a baby feel secure while being very close to
his mom. It is the best thing physically and emotionally for your baby.
Dad can also do skin to skin. Enjoy your new baby and don't forget
to have lots of skin to skin time with your new baby.
The Thyroid Gland plays a very important part of our body. The Thyroid Gland secretes hormones that regulate our metabolism. In fact,the disruption of the thyroid, throws other parts of the body off. Hypothyroidism is an under active thyroid, while Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid. Women who are on medication for their thyroid problem, have a normal milk supply while breastfeeding. However, some women want to increase their breast milk. Foods or medications that help increase milk supply while breastfeeding, are called Galactagogues. Fenugreek is promoted as increasing your milk production while breastfeeding. Fenugreek is the number one herb recommended to help increase your milk while breastfeeding.
There hasn't been enough studies done to support or show evidence that Fenugreek is effective for milk production. Furthermore, just because it is a herb, doesn't mean it is safe. If you have a thyroid problem, Fenugreek can influence the active thyroid hormone your body uses. This will make hypothyroidism worse and reduce milk production. Furthermore, Fenugreek reduces blood glucose levels, which can be a problem for women with diabetes or hypoglycemia,low blood sugar level. Therefore, women who have these problems, should consult their doctor before takingFenugreek to help increase their milk supply.
Some women have reported side effects of Fenugreek which have included: diarrhea, gas, indigestion, heartburn and unusual smelling of the skin and urine, like maple syrup. Some have even experienced even greater side effects such as internal bleeding, severe headaches, vomiting blood, numbness in the arms and legs and even have had a stroke.
Your baby's digestive system can also be affected by Fenugreek. Additionally, if you have asthma, Fenugreek can make your symptoms worse.
Fenugreek is a legume and those who have peanut allergies may experience a cross reaction. Therefore, stay away from Fenugreek.
Do not take Fenugreek if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder. As always, check with your doctor before you decide to take Fenugreek. Dr. Thomas Hale, who is world renowned in the breastfeeding world, classifies Fenugreek as moderately safe, a Lactation Risk Category 3.
In conclusion, it is not known whether Fenugreek can harm a breastfeeding baby or prove to have any positive effect on milk supply or breastfeeding. Proceed with caution when using Fenugreek. Check with your doctor before using Fenugreek.