January is Birth Defect Prevention and Awareness Month and a perfect time to learn more about what you can do to avoid birth defects.
Many birth defects occur during the early weeks of pregnancy, some of which can have lifelong effects and are a major cause of infant mortality.
Testing for birth defects
Usually between the 16th and ...more
Two recent studies are highlighting more long-term benefits of breastfeeding for moms.
One study found that breastfeeding helps give Mom protection against a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. This study found that breastfeeding decreased the risk of hormone receptor negative tumors by up to 20 percent. These tumors are especially hard to treat, and are ...more
November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Prematurity and its complications are the leading cause of death in children younger than 5 in the world today. Infants born before 37 weeks gestation have more complications than full-term babies, including problems with feeding and digestion, vision and hearing, and breathing.
Each November, the March of Dimes publishes a Premature ...more
When you reach 22-24 weeks gestation, you should be able to feel your baby move consistently.
When you are up walking around during the day, your body sets up a motion not unlike a rocking chair. This keeps your baby rocked to sleep most of the day.
But at night, when you lie down and get ready ...more
An important part of successful breastfeeding is getting the proper latch. Here’s how:
While holding your baby belly to belly, line him up nose to nipple and wait for him to open his mouth wide before attaching him.
The latch should be deep enough that your nipple reaches to his soft palette. This will keep you from ...more