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Breastfeeding

by Maxine
Posted July 27 2011 03:29pm
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Our experts have developed a number of articles that will address the questions you have about properly breastfeeding your child.

There is so much information out there about breastfeeding and as a result, parents are overwhlemed when they look for the information they need about breastfeeding their baby. Our experts have developed a number of articles that will address the questions you have about properly breastfeeding your child.

 

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Do you still have questions about breastfeeding? Our expert, Attie Sandink, is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Ask Attie a Question!

 

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Birth Control - Spermicides

by Maxine
Posted August 19 2010 02:02pm
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These chemicals act by either killing or disabling the sperm so they cannot fertilize an egg.  The chemical nonoxynol-9 is found in most spermicides. Spermicides are available in different forms such as foam, jelly, cream, suppositories, contraceptive sponges (contraceptive sponges are made of foam and contain spermicide), and vaginal contraceptive film (vaginal contraceptive films are paper-thin squares that dissolve with the heat from the body and cover the cervix).

Effectiveness:
When used consistently and as directed with each episode of intercourse, the effectiveness is 70-95%. Effectiveness can be improved by combining spermicide with condoms or a diaphragm.

Benefits:

  • Easily available and does not require a prescription.
  • Mom and Dad can easily use this method post birth.
  • Does not affect Mom's menstrual cycle or fertility.
  • May protect against some vaginal infections as they kill germs.
  • Provide some lubrication which is helpful after Mom has had a baby or is breastfeeding when the vaginal tissues are drier.

Limitations:

  • Must be inserted into Mom's vagina 30 minutes before intercourse.
  • May interrupt spontaneity of sex.
  • May be messy.
  • Moms should avoid douching for at least 6 hours after spermicide use.
  • Some Moms or Dads may experience sensitivity or allergic reactions to the spermicide.
  • Some Moms may find that the spermicide irritates their vulva or vagina post delivery.
  • May increase the risk of urinary tract infections.
  • May make oral sex less pleasant due to the taste of the spermicide.
  • Non-oxynol 9 spermicides can increase the risk of HIV when used frequently by women who are at high risk of infection.
  • Non-oxynol 9 does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
     

 There are other methods of birth control. Learn More >>

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How Does My Baby’s Brain Develop Before Birth?

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Posted August 26 2010 11:56am
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During pregnancy, the basic architecture of the brain is formed. The different parts of the brain are in place (e.g., brain stem, thalamus, cerebellum). This initial development also provides basic brain functions that help the baby live. Although this "hardware" is laid out during pregnancy, the brain is still immature in that the "software," or the connections between different parts of the brain, is not yet formed. To a certain extent, the way the connections are formed depends on exposure to our environment through relationships and experiences.

Unlike your baby’s other organs, such as the heart which is already functioning as it will throughout the child's life, the brain is not yet ready to perform all the amazing functions it will eventually be able to do. It goes through a series of developmental stages. It is after birth that your baby’s experiences begin to have a greater effect on brain development than it did during pregnancy. During pregnancy, maternal health and stress, drugs, alcohol, and the quality of maternal nutrition are some of the experiences that influence the developing brain.

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Talking Reasonably and Responsibly About Early Brain Development
Center for Early Childhood Education and Development, Irving B HarrisTraining Center for Infant and Toddler Development 2001

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Breastfeeding

by Maxine
Posted July 27 2011 03:30pm
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Our experts have developed a number of articles that will address the questions you have about properly breastfeeding your child.

There is so much information out there about breastfeeding and as a result, parents are overwhlemed when they look for the information they need about breastfeeding their baby. Our experts have developed a number of articles that will address the questions you have about properly breastfeeding your child.

 

Rest assured - you are not alone and we are here to help.

 

Ask Our Expert!
Do you still have questions about breastfeeding? Our expert, Attie Sandink, is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Ask Attie a Question!

 

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