Truth or Myth: Are there women who can’t breastfeed at all?

A. The percentage of women who physically cannot make enough milk is very low.Not being able to breastfeed is a common reason some women give for not breastfeeding.  We cause interruptions in breastmilk production when we start intervening with breastfeeding, often because of lifestyle …

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What’s the shortest amount of time to breastfeed and still be worthwhile?

A:  Any amount of breastfeeding is better than none, so even if a mom only nurses for a short time, it is still beneficial to her and her baby. The recommendations are for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and breastfeeding with complementary foods up to 12 months, because research …

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How long should I try to get pregnant before going to a fertilty clinic?

Q: My partner and I have started trying to conceive…how long should we keep trying before going to a fertility clinic?  A: Seeing a specialist sooner in your journey can greatly improve chances of success. But, it can be tough to know just how long you should wait for nature to work in your …

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Painful periods preventing conception?

Q: Is it possible to treat painful periods and still get pregnant?A: Painful periods and heaving bleeding are hallmarks of a  common condition called endometriosis that prevents pregnancy. Treatment for endometriosis often includes medications such as birth control pills and Lupron, both of …

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Fix my “older” eggs before pregnancy?

Q: I'm 35.  What can I do to fix my "older" eggs?A: There is little to be done to make our eggs act “younger” than our actual age, but there are lifestyle choices that can impact our eggs’ ability to function properly, such as smoking. In general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which …

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Plane travel when 7 months pregnant?

Q:  My best friend is getting married in Sweden and I would love to go to the wedding. I will be about seven months pregnant at the time. Do you think this is a dangerous trip given I live in San Diego, California?A:  No. If you are having a normal, healthy pregnancy, the trip itself is …

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Genetic testing without an amnio?

Q) I've heard there's now genetic testing that doesn't involve the risks of an amnio. What are the pluses and minuses to alternative screenings? A) There are different screening tests available to determine your risk for specific genetic conditions during pregnancy. Most screening tests …

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Can my baby carrier hurt my new baby’s hips?

While it is well known that wearing baby in a front carrier helps improve the baby’s emotional development by strengthening the infant-parent bond, some new parents worry whether their baby is physically developing properly. Parents who wear their baby in a baby carrier may wonder, “Is this …

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What are risks of Norovirus when pregnant?

There is a lot of talk about Norovirus in the news this season. Norovirus is a type of virus that causes gastroenteritis, also known as the common “stomach flu." It is an unpleasant disease to get, but usually isn’t dangerous to either you or your baby.About 1 in 5 adults get …

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What is the risk my baby will get “flat head syndrome?”

A: The fact is all babies are at risk of getting flat head syndrome. The good news is if you’re asking this before you have your baby, and you understand how to prevent it, then the chances of it developing in your baby are significantly lower.Flat head syndrome is a condition in which flat …

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