Pregnancy

The Top Five Misconceptions About Breastfeeding

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

As an RN working in postpartum and special care nursery, and as a Lactation Consultant working in the NICU and outpatient settings, I’ve encountered several recurring misconceptions about breastfeeding. These misconceptions get handed down and passed around from well-intentioned girlfriends, aunties, and neighbors.These people have your best interests at heart, but their own lack of knowledge and experience can give you a defeatist attitude toward breastfeeding before you even start. Most of these myths and misconceptions focus on how difficult and insufficient breastfeeding is.

Five Tips for Breast Milk Storage

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

You’ve gone to all the time and difficulty to collect the world’s most perfect nutrition for your infant. You want to make the best of what you’ve collected using it all and minimizing waste as much as possible.

What to Expect After a C-Section

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

As an RN who worked postpartum, I often heard the same refrain from mothers who had C-sections, “I didn’t expect it to hurt this much.” This was true for those mothers who had unexpected C-sections as well as planned and repeat sections. The sense that I got from these mothers is that because C-sections are such common procedures (nearly 1/3 of deliveries are sections) they should be like getting a cavity filled or mole removed. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Healthcare workers are guilty of minimizing the procedure. C-sections may be common place for an OB nurse, but not for the new mama.

How to Become a Breast Milk Donor

By Teresa Stackhouse, MSW, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Have you ever been in the position where you’ve had to throw out breast milk because you knew that your infant or toddler would never be able to finish it before it expires? Are you an overproducer with more breast milk in your freezer than your little one will ever consume? Would you like to do something wonderful and selfless? Would you like to help the sickest, most frail creatures on the planet? If so, you might be a good candidate to donate your breast milk.

The insider's guide to essential baby registry items

As much fun as it is to point that registry gun at your favorite store, how do you know you're selecting the items you'll really need and use? For first-time moms or for those who have been out of the game for awhile, it’s important to seek guidance from other moms to discover which tools of the trade are the most important. As I’ve learned from trial and error, there is no right or wrong when it comes to baby items but some just work better than others. And there are those must-needed items that no mom should be without.

Common Breastfeeding Challenges

Just when you thought you and your baby had gotten the hang of breastfeeding, it starts hurt. When this happens, something is wrong. Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby, but it does include its fair share of challenges, even after nursing is established. And new moms are often so busy taking care of baby that they neglect themselves. If you experience pain when nursing, consider the following fixes to common breastfeeding challenges.

Labor & Delivery: The Second Time Around

My first pregnancy, I was prepared weeks in advance for labor and delivery. My bags were packed and I'd read all the books. Five years later, and thirty-nine weeks pregnant with my second son, my doctor told me after an ultrasound appointment that I needed to be induced the following day.

Breastfeeding 101 and Resources

Breastfeeding is the most convenient way to provide your baby with a meal—lunch is always ready, it’s cheap, and there are no bottles to sterilize or formula to mix. But aside from convenience, breastfeeding is healthy and beneficial for baby and mom in a number of ways.

Who is the right pediatrician for you?

 

A good pediatrician is one of a parent’s best assets. Pediatricians are trained to be experts on everything from infant and child health and development, to nutrition and behavioral issues. A pediatrician will help to guide you from the moment of your child’s birth until your child is young adult. Finding the right pediatrician for you and your child takes effort, but the payoff is well worth it. Here are some tips to help guide your search:

Staying Fit Before, During and After Pregnancy

Whether a woman is trying to get pregnant, already is pregnant, or just gave birth, there are two things on her mind: The first is her baby, and the second is her body.

Women everywhere fret about how pregnancy affects the way her body looks, feels, moves and recovers from those long 40 weeks and the grueling sprint to the “finish line.” For some, pregnancy is a license to relax and indulge. For others, it’s a battle of insecurity as the numbers on the scale go up and her energy levels go down.

The old assumption that pregnant women are too fragile for a real fitness routine is not true, says personal trainer Ian Hart, owner of EarthFIT in Beaufort. Hart shared with us some insight into the best ways a woman should approach fitness before, during and after pregnancy.