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 decisions. For example, a well-meaning relative may urge a breastfeeding mom to sleep through the night so they can help feed the baby. To a sleep deprived mom, it sounds too good to pass up (and trust me I
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 shows the health benefits created for both the baby and mother from breastfeeding continue as long they are nursing. It can be daunting, however, for a mom who is just starting out with
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 favor. Start by learning when your best time is to conceive by identifying days in your cycle that offer the highest likelihood of success.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends
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 which prevent pregnancy. It is challenging for women who are symptomatic from endometriosis to try and conceive since each month that they are not pregnant, their menses will be painful. Additionally,
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 includes a normal weight, not smoking and minimal alcohol intake will help keep your chances of conceiving appropriate for your age. However, despite being healthy, some women’s eggs may still not be
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 relatively safe at seven months. Flights in a pressurized jet are not harmful to you or the baby. Many airline medical departments let pregnant passengers travel up until the 36th week, according to the
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 detect the risk for common trisomies, which are conditions that involve the presence of an extra chromosome. Down syndrome (trisomy 21) is an example of this type of condition. Unlike an
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 position good for my baby’s physical development?” Here are answers to some questions I’ve heard from babywearing parents:
What are the risk factors for Developmental Dysplasia of the
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 gastroenteritis every year, especially during winter months; half the time, Norovirus is the cause. Typical symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping, and they are usually gone within 2-3 days. You
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 spots form on baby’s skull, often combined with a tight neck muscle due to babies spending up to 16 hours a day on their backs in the first few months of life. Sometimes babies are born with the