Epidurals May Affect Breast Feeding

21 01 2007

I breast feed and have had 3 epi’s and I have never had a problem with breast feeding my children. I guess it happens in certain women.

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Do You Support The Spanking Ban?

21 01 2007

I don’t remember being spanked as a child, but I think that doesn’t mean I wasn’t spanked. With having an alcoholic father, I probably was but just blocked it out. Spanking comes in so many forms. Whether, it’s a smack on the hand or a swat on the tush.

Some people call it abuse. What do YOU call abuse?

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Consumer Reports Withdraws Infant Car Seat Report

19 01 2007

I guess Consumer Reports needs to look into how they do their reports from now on… Especially for the safety for our children.

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Breastfeeding Supplements: How to Wean Your Baby Off

9 12 2006

It has been 8 months and counting since I have been breastfeeding my daughter. I am very proud of myself for that! I continue to nurse her until she is a year or maybe a little longer. When it comes down to weaning, I hope the process is a smooth one. Here is an article I found about trying to wean formula out of the breastfeeding diet. I am not against formula in any way, but if you had to supplement, this is a good article to read.

If you have had significant breastfeeding problems — this can include difficulty getting the baby to latch or breastfeed effectively or severely sore nipples, as well as having a slow gaining baby or a baby that, when a preemie, was given bottles — you might find yourself in a situation where you are both breastfeeding and supplementing with bottles of expressed breast milk or formula. For many mothers, this falls short of their original goal to exclusively breastfeed in order to provide the optimum nutrition and immune system boost that direct breastfeeding affords. If you are currently providing breastfeeding supplements to your baby and would like to work toward your goal to breastfeed, it’s encouraging to know that it’s entirely possible to achieve.

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Babies found in freezer

8 12 2006

I was watching the news last night and came across something disturbing. There were 3 frozen babies found in a freezer. The woman who lived there just died right after Thanksgiving.

This story came out of Columbia. Tn.

The frozen bodies of three dead babies were found in a freezer Thursday in the apartment of a 35-year-old Columbia woman who died recently, according to the Columbia Police Department.

A family member of Tracy Howard found the bodies, some of which may be fetuses, when cleaning out Howard’s apartment. The age and cause of death of the babies is unknown.

Howard died on Nov. 28, and an initial autopsy suggests it was from natural causes.

An autopsy on the babies was scheduled for Thursday, though no results have been released.

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Fast food in children’s hospitals a bad lesson

7 12 2006

A very interesting article worth reading…

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Fast food outlets are common inside U.S. children’s hospitals, leading more patients to consume hamburgers and fries and encouraging them to view the fare as healthier than it probably is, a study said on Monday.

Of 200 hospitals with pediatric residency programs surveyed, 59 had fast-food restaurants on site, said the report published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

More than half the patients or family members visiting hospitals with fast food outlets said they ate fast food the day they were surveyed, which was four times the rate among people at hospitals without outlets, the survey of 386 people found.

McDonald’s, which does provide financial support to some of the hospitals surveyed and operates several homes for ill children, was the prevalent restaurant in hospitals studied.

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Am I pregnant?

5 12 2006

Every month you always ask yourself “what if I am pregnant?” I always did that when we were trying to conceive last year. It only took 2 months of activly TTC to get pregnant. Here is a great article and some things to look for in early pregnancy!

1. Presumptive Evidence
A woman suspects she is pregnant based upon the following perceptions:

Lack of menstruation. Other things can cause this, but pregnancy and menopause top the list of possibilities.

Breast changes. Breasts are tender early on; later the nipples become darkened and enlarged. Later still, there is colostrum discharge (a precursor to milk).

Chadwick’s sign. This old-fashioned term refers to a bluish discoloration of the vaginal tissue, caused by venous congestion in the area.

Abdominal striae, affectionately known as “stretch marks.”

Increased pigmentation. The “linea nigra,” or black line, runs up the center of the woman’s abdomen and usually fades after pregnancy.

Nausea.

Increase in urination, due to the pressure of the growing uterus on the bladder.

Fatigue.

“Quickening”, an elegant and old-fashioned term associated with the thrilling perception of movement between 16 and 20 weeks.

2. Probable Evidence of Pregnancy
An examiner determines that the patient is likely pregnant based on these symptoms:

Enlargement of the abdomen, presumably due to increase in size of the uterus. The uterus can usually be felt through the abdomen after 12 weeks. This sign is more obvious in the abdomens that have been “pre-stretched” with a previous pregnancy.

Changes in the size, shape, and consistency of the uterus. “Hegar’s Sign” is when the uterus becomes so soft, usually at 6 weeks that it is felt separately from the firmer cervix. Softening of the cervix usually occurs at about the same time. This occurrence is called “Goodell’s Sign.”

Braxton Hicks’Contractions. These are irregular and unorganized contractions of the uterus.

Ballottement. This is a mid-pregnancy sign in which the fetus can be pushed from the mother’s abdomen and felt to bounce back.

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