Perfecting the Basic Step of the Breastfeeding “Dance”: The Latch Dr. Jimi Francis, IBCLC, RDN, LD, RLC If this is your first time breastfeeding, don’t expect that you will automatically know how to breastfeed your baby. Breastfeeding is a learned behavior that takes practice. Breastfeeding is like dancing: a beautiful interaction between two people. However,… Continue reading Top Latching Tips – HappyFamily
What to Know • Healthy eating improves the quality of your breastmilk • Baby gets first dibs on your nutrient supply • Adequate hydration is essential • Learn which nutrients are especially important and how to incorporate them into your diet • The quality and variety of what you eat while breastfeeding can influence your… Continue reading What to Eat While Breastfeeding – HappyFamily
Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor exercises or Kegels, are exercises that can be done to strengthen the muscles situated beneath the bladder, bowel, and uterus. Performing pelvic floor exercises can benefit males and females alike and can be carried out at almost any time. These exercises are of particular benefit to people who… Continue reading What are Kegel Exercises?
Over 70% of all women with newborns in the U.S. currently breastfeed their babies and that percentage is growing- and for good reason. There is a tremendous amount of evidence that breastfeeding improves immune function in infants. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2011 report, compared with breastfed infants, babies who drink formula are more… Continue reading Breastfeeding
When planning a family, there are many factors that play into when and if a couple is ready to have a baby. One issue that is often overlooked is genetic disease risk and what a couple's chances are of passing down a genetic disease to their child. Pre-pregnancy genetic counseling can inform couples of any… Continue reading Pre-Pregnancy Genetic Testing: What Women and Doctors Need to Know
For each additional month of paid maternity leave offered in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), infant mortality is reduced by 13%, according to a new study by researchers from McGill University and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The finding, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, marks the first time that research has examined the… Continue reading Longer Maternity Leave Linked To Better Infant Health
Pregnant women should be aware of the sources and routes of chemical exposure in order to minimize danger to their unborn baby, even though it is still unknown what effects these chemicals could have, suggests research from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Historically, there have been many recommendations on healthily lifestyle choices… Continue reading Pregnant Women Should Be Aware Of Unintentional Chemical Exposure